Best New Hybrids
Finding the right answer to fit your approach: Golf Digest equipment editor E. Michael Johnson and Ashley Mayo discuss the award-winning hybrids on the 2017 Hot List.
Released on 1/30/2017
Hybrids have been all over the place in the last decade.
They started really small,
then they got huge.
Where are they now?
They've kinda swung back a little bit smaller
but they're still kind of,
they're not where they were in the beginning.
In the beginning, they were really small,
they were clubs designed to be true iron replacements.
Then they kinda got, as you said,
these Fairway Wood sized gigundo heads.
Now they've shrunk a little bit but they're still wood-like.
They are serving multiple purposes now.
There's part pseudo Fairway Wood,
they're part iron replacement.
However I think you have to decide
what you want it to be for you,
and how far down the set you want to go.
Some people just put a three hybrid in and they think
that's it, you know, I've replaced my three iron,
but you look at some tour players,
Y.E. Yang on the PGA Tour for example,
Lydia Ko, best female player in the world,
they're starting their iron sets at the six iron.
And that's something every day players
might want to take a look at,
extending the hybrids further down the set.
So help me buy my hybrids, let's say.
And should I kind of go for a smaller, more iron-like hybrid
if I'm replacing my five iron?
And then go for a more Fairway Wood type hybrid
if it's more of a replacement for my two iron?
Well I can help you but manufacturers
are already helping you because a lot of them now
are offering multiple options.
Callaway for instance
has three different hybrids all kind of addressing
different parts of your game.
Titlist is too, for example.
Their new H1 model, that would be for you,
you're a sweeper of the ball.
That's a good one for you.
Their H2 model is designed for someone who's more
coming in with a little bit steeper angle of attack.
That would be me.
So the manufacturers are realizing in the hybrid area
that they need to offer options,
just like their options in irons.
Game improvement players,
super game improvement.
Same's starting to hold true with hybrid.
Gotta love options.
You gotta love options especially on clubs
that you are hitting specific distances
meant to hit into a green,
you don't have a lot of room for error there,
and they're trying to help you narrow that gap.