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New on the Tee: 2015 Hybrids
By Tom Landers | Published  04/23/2015 | Hydrids | Unrated
New on the Tee: 2015 Hybrids

Hybrids
Why Hybrids – Because They Work!

Today’s hybrids are ideal as replacements for both long irons and fairway woods. They can be used from a variety of turf conditions and lies. They’re just what the doctor ordered for nearly any shot where the golfer would normally use a long iron but feels uncomfortable doing so, or for the golfer who isn’t comfortable with the long shaft, flattish lie nature of fairway woods. Simply stated, for most mortals they take the trepidation out of the long iron or fairway wood length shot. In fact it’s not uncommon for Tour players to carry two, three or more of these “magic” clubs.
Before you peruse this year’s list of hybrids, make an honest evaluation of your game. Are you a solid long iron player who would like to hit it higher in order to land the ball more softly? Do you struggle getting the ball in the air with today’s modern fairway woods? If you fall into the second category, which is the larger percentage of golfers, look toward the larger displacement hybrids. Most of today’s hybrids have morphed into mini fairway woods making them a great option for those players that value forgiveness above all. These “mini fairway woods” that are larger in displacement (cc’s) than even the first fairway metals introduced in the early 80’s and more forgiving than ever!
If you’re among the “highly skilled” player group that hits it solid but wants less roll out when you hit a green, then the “tour” type hybrids are a great choice for you. They are bit less forgiving but much more workable making them great long iron surrogates…even among the most elite players on professional tours.
There is a simple reason why hybrids have become so popular with golfers of all abilities…they work! Whatever your level of play, we encourage you to check out the hybrids on this list and find the one’s that best suit your game.

Hybrids


Appearance 5 star
Forgiveness 4.5 stars
Feel 5 stars
Consistency 4.5 star
Distance 4 stars

Adams Red
www.AdamsGolf.com • $229

The Red hybrid is 95cc that goes against the market trends of size increases, up to 120cc, in the search for an extra couple of yards. The 25-gram weight in the sole shifts to the heel or toe to reduce sidespin and help to square the face. Keep the weight in the center for maximum energy transfer. The flat leading edge from the upside down shape makes it play much more like an iron. It also has a low CG location which makes it very workable and a Cut-Thru Sole velocity slot with a Ghost Slot on the top for added zip.

Tester Comments Nice and compact and very easy to hit … Strike feels really solid on center hits … Nice high trajectory and could shape ball.



Appearance 4.5 star
Forgiveness 4.5 stars
Feel 4.5 stars
Consistency 4 star
Distance 4.5 stars

Adams Tight Lies Blue
www.AdamsGolf.com • $199

Unique Features: The Tight Lies upside-down shape and tri-sole design work to get the ball airborne and forward quickly out of all types of lies. The Ghost Slot on the crown, and the slot on the sole create a “flexible face.” This makes the ball jump off the face faster and more accurate even if you don’t hit it perfectly on-center. It forgives you for your mis-hits, and who doesn’t want forgiveness, especially with those tough second shots? .

Tester Comments: I hit it about 10 yards farther a comparable iron and from deep rough I’m still able to get the face on the ball … Very easy to use … I could hit this from any lie with ease.



Appearance 5 star
Forgiveness 4 stars
Feel 5 stars
Consistency 5 star
Distance 4 stars

Bridgestone j15hy
www.BridgestoneGolf.com • $189

Unique Features: The J15HY Hybrid features a Flex Action Speed Technology (F.A.S.T.) crown comprised of High Strength AM355 Maraging Steel and is incredibly thin near the clubface and progressively thickens towards the clubhead rear. This proprietary technology enables the crown to slightly flex at impact creating higher launch angles and ball velocities through increased spring like effect. An adjustable weight system in the sole allows the player to influence desired spin and trajectory. The J15HY Hybrid is available in 17, 19, 21 and 23-degrees of loft..

Tester Comments: Great looking hybrid with nice clean lines .. A great zing sound at impact … Nice mid to high trajectory .. I had a bit of a draw bias. Excellent sound, feel and performance.



Appearance 4.5 star
Forgiveness 4.5 stars
Feel 5 stars
Consistency 4.5 star
Distance 4.5 stars

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815
www.CallawayGolf.com • $249

Unique Features: Callaway took dead aim at better players who want the forgiveness hybrids can provide but who prefer a lower, more penetrating ball flight. The face of the Big Bertha Alpha 815 hybrids are lighter with repositioned discretionary weight just behind the hitting area on the inside the head. Combined with a 7-gram weight in the sole, the result is a lower, more-forward center of gravity position that decreases spin and lowers initial launch angle. Available in 18-, 20- and 23-degree models, they feature an eight-position adjustable hosel to change the loft and lie angle.

Tester Comments: Great Adjustability … Great trajectory, sound and distance … Ball really jumps off the clubface with authority … Easy to hit, even from down lies or rough



Appearance 4 star
Forgiveness 4.5 stars
Feel 4 stars
Consistency 4 star
Distance 4.5 stars

Callaway XR
www.CallawayGolf.com • $219

Unique Features: The new XR Hybrids are claimed to be easier to hit and longer. Callaway uses a completely new Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup that increases ball speed for greater distance and forgiveness. They’ve increased MOI and lowered CG even more by redesigning the head shape and improving the Internal Standing Wave. This creates even more forgiveness and a CG that’s 46% lower than X2 Hot. Available in lofts of 19°, 22°, 25° and 28°. .

Tester Comments: Nice boring trajectory with a mid to high flight … A generous size and sits very well behind the ball … Nice piercing ball flight...



Appearance 5 star
Forgiveness 4 stars
Feel 5 stars
Consistency 4.5 star
Distance 4.5 stars

Callaway XR Pro
www.CallawayGolf.com • $219

Unique Features: The new XR Pro Hybrids feature a more compact head design for better players using a new upgrade to their Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup designed to increase ball speed across the face. It has Callaway’s lowest CG ever in a hybrid by positioning more weight lower and around the perimeter of the head which also increases MOI yet still gives the face cup the freedom to flex for more ball speed. Available in lofts of 16°, 18°, 20° and 23°

Tester Comments: Could really work the ball easily … Heavier than the XR hybrid and more consistent at higher swing speeds … Slightly lower flight than the standard XR with great feel.



Appearance 4.5 star
Forgiveness 5 stars
Feel 4.5 stars
Consistency 4 star
Distance 5 stars

Cobra Fly-Z XL
www.CobraGolf.com • $399

Unique Features: The Cobra Fly-Z XL Hybrid provides easy launch, forgiveness, and distance in a 17-4 Stainless Steel head. Weight is removed from the crown and repositioned low and back in the head for a low, deep center of gravity for forgiveness on off-center hits and consistent distance across the face. A Speed Channel surrounds the face to help minimize face thickness and provide increased ball speeds across the face for incredible distance.

Tester Comments: This was the best when it comes to forgiveness and consistency from off center hits … Great forgiveness with a steady mid-high flight.



Appearance 4 star
Forgiveness 4.5 stars
Feel 4 stars
Consistency 4.5 star
Distance 4.5 stars

Ping G30
www.Ping.com • $219

Unique Features: The 17-4 stainless steel face uses a stronger H900 heat-treatment process, making it thin but strong. The G30 hybrid benefits from performance-engineered internal weight pads. Heel-toe weighting elevates moment of inertia (MOI) and forgiveness. Weight in the low sole creates a low-back center of gravity (CG) for consistent impact. In the lower-lofted hybrids, the CG is farther back to promote high launch. A lower, more forward CG through the mid- and higher-lofted models reduces spin. Progressive CG locations and offsets ensure efficient gapping and trajectories.

Tester Comments: The crown of the club looks clean … Easy to hit from tight lies … Minimal offset and very little draw bias and this makes them much straighter … The solid sound and feel is as good, if not a little better, than the G25.


Appearance 4 star
Forgiveness 4 stars
Feel 4 stars
Consistency 4.5 star
Distance 5 stars

TaylorMade AeroBurner
www.TaylorMadeGolf.com • $199

Unique Features: he TaylorMade AeroBurner Rescue Hybrid features a new aerodynamic shape that offers a shallow face, raised center crown, and new hosel fin, all creating a reduction in drag for faster swing speeds. The new Speed Pocket increases the size of the sweet spot and reduces spin for longer, more forgiving shots on off-center hits. A new matte white finish, black PVD face, and linear AeroBurner crown graphic make alignment extremely easy.

Tester Comments: Sits very well with a square set up and just a small amount of offset … Makes a very distinctive sound that is solid and a little on the hollow side … More forgiveness than the R15 and a higher flight … Great value and great distance.




Appearance 5 star
Forgiveness 4.5 stars
Feel 5 stars
Consistency 5 star
Distance 4.5 stars

TaylorMade R15
www.TaylorMadeGolf.com • $219

Unique Features: The TaylorMade R15 Rescue Hybrid features a new, Tour-inspired shape, and its smaller footprint enables better playability from more lies. A more compact shape offers extreme versatility, while a central center-of-gravity position promotes neutral ball flight. An open-channel Speed Pocket improves launch conditions. And with a 3° loft sleeve, you can dial this club in for the perfect distance

Tester Comments: Definitely a better player’s hybrid … The sound is solid, not hollow and feel is outstanding … Very easy to shape the ball both ways … Forgiveness is very good for the size of the head



Appearance 4.5 star
Forgiveness 4 stars
Feel 4 stars
Consistency 4 star
Distance 5 stars

Tour Edge E8
www.touredge.com • $199

Unique Features: The E8 hybrid is the first adjustable hybrid from Tour Edge. Featuring a 450 stainless hyper steel body plasma welded to a forged cup face, this hybrid delivers exceptional power. Deep cut away steps positioned back in the heel and toe of the sole makes shaping shots easier. The steps increase MOI and maximize stability on off-center contact while minimizing turf drag. The E8 incorporates trajectory control courtesy of an adjustable sole weight. The club comes standard at 9 grams, 3 grams heavier than the driver making dramatic effects on the center of gravity, and trajectory control.

Tester Comments: Sits perfectly behind the ball and sounds really solid at impact … The distance will not disappoint anyone … Nice clean lines … Mid to high ball flight with a nice boring trajectory.



Appearance 4.5 star
Forgiveness 4.5 stars
Feel 4.5 stars
Consistency 4.5 star
Distance 5 stars

Wilson Staff D200
www.WilsonStaff.com • $169

Unique Features: The Wilson Staff D200 hybrids are designed for the player seeking power, accuracy and a confidence-inspiring look at address. It features a premium Carpenter Custom 455 maraging stainless steel face insert that creates a thin, hot, high CT face for increased ball speeds and longer distances. An increase in face area, especially near the toe, promotes forgiveness and improved ball speeds on off-center hits.

Tester Comments: Nice shape with a nice pop off the face and very accurate … Great forgiveness and ball speeds on off-center hits … Great versatility to play all types of shot.