What are the best hybrid golf clubs of 2018? I recently asked myself the same question and set out to review the best golf hybrids available in an attempt to set up my own club buying guide for 2018.
Hybrid golf clubs are probably the most popular “new” introduction to come into golf in recent years.
Many of the top players in the world have added them to their bag and have been seeing using them all over the course. The best golf hybrids are certainly not only for pros either. Plenty of amateurs and weekend warriors use them too.
In fact, if you look at any complete set of beginner golf clubs for sale on the market today nearly all will include some type of hybrid golf club.
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What is a Hybrid Golf Club?
If you’re like millions of other golfers out there you probably have a little trouble being consistent with your lower lofted irons.
There’s a reason you don’t often see guys with 1 and 2 irons in their bags, it’s because they can be tricky to hit due to their low loft. In recent years the answer to this dilemma has been hybrids.
Just like the name suggests, a hybrid golf club is essentially half iron-half wood and brings the best of both worlds into one club. They provide the distance and power of a fairway wood while also having the playability and forgiveness of an iron.
Most hybrids have a club head that looks somewhat similar to a fairway wood but is usually smaller than your typical 5-Wood. Although designs do vary most hybrid shafts are shorter than woods meaning you need less room when swinging the club which can be helpful when hitting out of tricky positions.
Hybrids are also known as utility clubs or rescue club because it can really save you in some difficult situations.
I tend to use mine after I’ve hit a bad drive into the rough and need a combination of distance and loft to get out of a bad lie.
Essentially these clubs were created to replace long irons which as I’m sure you know can often be difficult clubs to hit, even with the best of lies.
So if you’re having trouble with hitting some of the longer irons in your bag and are looking for an alternative consider the following when looking for a hybrid that’s best for you.
Should I Buy a Hybrid Golf Club and How Do I select the Best Hybrid Club for Me?
The first question you need to ask yourself is: do I need a hybrid club? Most players would likely benefit from a club that is easier to hit than a 1-4 iron and is far easier to use.
So it’s very likely that the answer to this question could be a yes especially when you consider the versatility of a hybrid.
They could be used in many different situations nearly anywhere on the course. From tee boxes to fairway bunkers to bump and run, you’ve probably seen players use their utility clubs multiple times and in different situations.
The second question you should ask yourself is: What club(s) am I looking to take out of my bag and replace?
If you’re carrying around a 2 iron in your bag and it’s doing more for your looks than it is your game you can probably start there. There are probably many instances where you would need to pull out that 2-Iron and whack a badly hit ball from the rough back on to the fairway.
Start here. The next time you go to the range hit your 2 iron enough to find out the distance you usually get with it and look for a hybrid that can provide you with the same or similar numbers.
Chances are you’ll like the feeling of the hybrid more than you will the iron. This is because the average hybrid has slightly more loft than its iron equivalent which aids in getting the ball off of the ground and on to the correct trajectory.
The club head size aids in getting the desired distance that you would expect from a long iron.
The next question you should ask yourself is: What hybrid club is the best for me? As always, club selection can be a difficult thing to find. Finding the club that works for you isn’t impossible but you should do your research and look at all of the options available to you.
This year I’ve hit many different hybrids in an attempt to find a replacement for my 3 iron and I think I’ve found it.
Of the many different hybrid golf clubs I reviewed these three seemed to be the best hybrid clubs of 2018.
My Buying Guide of Best Hybrids for 2018
The GBB Epic is all about distance and I can totally see low to mid handicappers replacing their long irons for the Callaway. The first thing I noticed when I held the club was its lightweight feel and the club head’s responsiveness.
The carbon fiber design allows for great club head speed and as a result I was able to get plenty of distance with the Great Big Bertha Epic.
It wasn’t as easy to hit as the Ping G or the M2 but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t forgiving and I certainly had better results that I usually have with a 2 or 3 iron.
It’s a great all around club that can be used all over the course and the fact that it’s adjustable makes it even more adaptable for a wide range of players. Whatever the gap is in your club distance, you can likely find a spot for the Callaway in your bag.
M2 Hybrid – TaylorMade
I was a huge fan of the M2 Driver’s color pattern, design and over all look and the hybrid is no exception.
Of course looks have little to know influence on your game however any owner of the M2 will certainly look cooler with this in their bag. TaylorMade has kept the M2 name in high regard with the hybrid and is my favorite club in this line up.
The club performed great and I had really great ball speed with every shot I took.
The M2 hybrid’s strongpoint is its sweet spot that seemed difficult to miss. I particularly like its forgiveness and the overall feel of the club.
The M2 really worked well with my swing and I’ll find a place for it in my own bag in the very near future.
Ping’s G line continues to impress.
Like the G driver the hybrid version is a dependable club that offers the forgiveness needed in a rescue club in order to consistently get you where you need to be on the course.
The club also makes it easy to get just about any yardage you would need out of a hybrid and feels like a very pro distance club. Its dependability, consistency and forgiveness make it an ideal choice for mid to high handicappers but more experienced golfers will also enjoy what the club has to offer.
Ping has impressed many golfers with their G line and I see no reason why it should have to change too much in the coming years.
Best Hybrid Golf Clubs of 2018 – Conclusion
The three hybrid clubs discussed above have all shown promise and should certainly be considered when looking to add a new hybrid t your bag.
It’s a bit difficult to select a winner that is a universal fit for everyone as these hybrids could do well in any golfer’s bag. For me however the winner was TaylorMade’s M2. The feel of the club paired with the forgiveness and ball speed I got was really the winning combination.
With TaylorMade bringing out the next series of clubs (M3 &M4) you may have a limited time to grab them so I highly recommend picking up these awesome hybrids while you still can.