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

Transcript

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Hybrids have been all over the place in the last decade.
00:02
They started really small,
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then they got huge.
00:05
Where are they now?
00:07
They've kinda swung back a little bit smaller
00:09
but they're still kind of,
00:12
they're not where they were in the beginning.
00:13
In the beginning, they were really small,
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they were clubs designed to be true iron replacements.
00:18
Then they kinda got, as you said,
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these Fairway Wood sized gigundo heads.
00:22
Now they've shrunk a little bit but they're still wood-like.
00:27
They are serving multiple purposes now.
00:30
There's part pseudo Fairway Wood,
00:32
they're part iron replacement.
00:34
However I think you have to decide
00:35
what you want it to be for you,
00:37
and how far down the set you want to go.
00:39
Some people just put a three hybrid in and they think
00:42
that's it, you know, I've replaced my three iron,
00:44
but you look at some tour players,
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Y.E. Yang on the PGA Tour for example,
00:49
Lydia Ko, best female player in the world,
00:52
they're starting their iron sets at the six iron.
00:55
And that's something every day players
00:56
might want to take a look at,
00:58
extending the hybrids further down the set.
01:01
So help me buy my hybrids, let's say.
01:04
And should I kind of go for a smaller, more iron-like hybrid
01:09
if I'm replacing my five iron?
01:12
And then go for a more Fairway Wood type hybrid
01:14
if it's more of a replacement for my two iron?
01:18
Well I can help you but manufacturers
01:19
are already helping you because a lot of them now
01:22
are offering multiple options.
01:24
Callaway for instance
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has three different hybrids all kind of addressing
01:29
different parts of your game.
01:31
Titlist is too, for example.
01:33
Their new H1 model, that would be for you,
01:36
you're a sweeper of the ball.
01:37
[Ashley] Yes.
01:38
That's a good one for you.
01:39
Their H2 model is designed for someone who's more
01:41
coming in with a little bit steeper angle of attack.
01:44
That would be me.
01:45
So the manufacturers are realizing in the hybrid area
01:49
that they need to offer options,
01:51
just like their options in irons.
01:52
Right?
01:53
Game improvement players,
01:54
super game improvement.
01:55
Same's starting to hold true with hybrid.
01:58
That's fantastic.
01:58
Gotta love options.
01:59
You gotta love options especially on clubs
02:01
that you are hitting specific distances
02:03
meant to hit into a green,
02:06
you don't have a lot of room for error there,
02:08
and they're trying to help you narrow that gap.
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