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New on the Tee: Hybrids 2016
By Tom Landers | Published  05/4/2016 | Hydrids | Unrated
New on the Tee: Hybrids 2016

Hybrids
Hybrids Continue to Change the Game

There is no mistaking the influence hybrids have had on the game. Almost every player, from Tour professionals to the wide-eyed beginner, has at least one of these wonder clubs in their golf bags. Why? Because they work. Designed to replace the hard-to-hit long irons (remember the two- and three-iron?), hybrids, well, do just that. They offer the solid feel of a wood while imitating the characteristics of long irons to allow players to get the ball airborne from a variety of lies, both on and off the fairway.
The hybrids for 2016 continue to be fine-tuned, with the category now carrying a number of options that let the player dial in his or her shot dispersal preferences and playing ability. Hybrids are a mixed bag, with some taking on more of a traditional metalwood design, while others lean toward a tad more of an iron look, while still maintaining the forgiveness and ease of use that made them so popular in the first place.
Today's hybrids, some of which are adjustable just like their big brothers, the driver and fairway metalwoods, also feature such dynamic design elements as internal weighting adjustments to provide optimal ball fight through the creation of enhanced spin ratios, altered centers of gravity that assist the player in getting the ball into the air, and changes to the clubface that produce hot ball speeds at impact for greater distance.
Thanks to hybrids, long irons are being relegated to the back of the club closet or destined for eBay as a novelty item.
Let's take a look at the hybrids that continue to change the game for the better….at all levels.

Hybrids


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

Bridgestone JGR
www.BridgestoneGolf.com • $170

Unique Features:The JGR hybrids feature an improved sole design for maximum versatility from all lies. F.A.S.T crown design paired with speeDARC Technology provides a very stable base for maximum crown flexibility, leading to a fast and high ball launch. Adjustable weight allows for the user to define his or her trajectory and weight profile. Custom shafts, grips and ferrule options are available. The hybrid is available in 2, 3, 4 and 5 in a regular, stiff and X-stiff Aldila NV shaft.

Tester Comments: Hits more like an iron creating a nice transition from irons to hybrids … Great in difficult lies … Nice solid sound and trajectory.


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

Callaway Apex
www.CallawayGolf.com • $220

Unique Features: The Apex delivers a forged face cup for high ball speed and controlled ball flight. The clubs feature a longer, more iron-like blade length with a neutral center of gravity bias for Apex players. High ball speed is attained from a carpenter 455 steel face. The clubs are available in 2H, 3H, 4H and 5H lofts with a Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Black hybrid shaft in light, regular and stiff flexes. Custom steel and graphite shafts are available.

Tester Comments: Very forgiving across the face … High center of gravity helps launch with a little more spin and height … Looks more like an iron but performs like a hybrid with good accuracy.


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

Callaway XR Os
www.CallawayGolf.com • $220

Unique Features: The power is in the redesign of the XR OS Hybrid. A Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup increases ball speed across the clubface, maximizing distance, and the look and forgiveness of the larger head inspire confidence at address. A launch and greater draw bias improves playability from all lies, assisting you to find the green on approaches. The clubs are available in 3H, 4H, 5H, 6H and 7H lofts. The stock shaft is a Mitsubishi Fubuki AT graphite in a senior, regular or stiff flex.

Tester Comments: Lots of forgiveness and high flight … Very solid sound … Club just seemed to glide through all lies.


Appearance 4.5 star
Forgiveness5 stars
Feel 4.5 stars
Consistency 5 stars
Distance 4.5 stars

Cobra King f6
www.CobraGolf.com • $200

Unique Features: The F6 Hybrid is easy to hit, forgiving and accurate. The clubs have a traditionally-shaped hybrid profile that delivers higher launch and improved forgiveness without sacrificing the accuracy of a long iron. The F6 Hybrid is equipped with a fixed 13-gram weight, strategically positioned low and deep in the head for improved forgiveness, while a lower centered center of gravity delivers "easy up" performance with enhanced accuracy. King F6 Hybrids come with eight adjustable loft settings that help manage trajectory and fine tune launch conditions. The clubs are available in 2/3H, 3/4H and 4/5H lofts.

Tester Comments: Really nice shape to these hybrids … Effortless high trajectory with accuracy in aim and distance … Solid, solid feel


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

Mizuno JPX EZ
www.MizunoUSA.com • $200

Unique Features:The JPX EZ Hybrid is recognizable by its larger, confidence-inspiring footprint and ability to produce a higher flight for a softer landing. All the JPX EZ hybrids were designed to sit square at address. This confidence behind the ball enables the player to square the ball to the target with ease. The clubs are available in 2U, 3U, 4U and 5U, and the stock shaft is a Fujikura SIX XLR8 graphite shaft. The Motore hybrid shaft X graphite is offered as an option.

Tester Comments:Very forgiving, sole goes through turf easily ... Even my mis-hits were accurate and long … Very easy to hit off tight lies and from the rough.


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

Ping G
www.Ping.com • $230

Unique Features: The Ping G has a fast and stable head design for higher launch and for more carry when you are seeking the green. A variable thickness Carpenter 455 face is hotter for faster ball speeds across the face and longer distance. Turbulator Technology, helps with framing the ball, alignment, and confidence, and a tiered internal sole engages bending across the entire club face for more ball speed and distance. The clubs are available in 2H, 3H, 4H, 5H and 6H lofts.

Tester Comments: Sits squarely behind the ball and generates a nice high, penetrating trajectory … Seemed to hit everything solidly … The solid sound and feel is as good, if not a little better, than previous Ping hybrids


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

Ping G Crossover
www.Ping.com • $200

Unique Features:A new category of clubs, the G Crossover has the ball speed, distance, and trajectory of a hybrid with the control, and spin of an iron. An iron-like design provides workability and distance control, and a strong alloy Carpenter 455 face ensures consistency in clubface design for a higher launch and longer carry. Features include a tiered internal sole that distributes energy for maximum bending and distance, and a low back center of gravity position for forgiveness and higher maximum height. The clubs are available in a 3, 4 and 5 Crossover.

Tester Comments: Great Head shape with a penetrating ball flight and LONG … More like a driving iron with heft … Went straight as an arrow every time for me.


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

TaylorMade M1
www.TaylorMadeGolf.com • $250

Unique Features: The M1 Rescue features a Tour-inspired shape that enables better playability from more lies. The M1 Rescue also features shot shape personalization with the use of two moveable weights (1-3 grams and 1-25 grams) for neutral or fade bias to dial in trajectory for distance and consistency. The M1 rescues are for players seeking the ultimate in distance, versatility and personalization, and are available with stock Fujikura Pro 80h shafts in X, S, R & M flexes. Available lofts are 2 (17 degrees), 3 (19 degrees), 4 (21 degrees) and 5 (24 degrees).

Tester Comments: Movable weights let me tweak ball flight to what I wanted … Very Stable feeling throughout swing and at impact … Nice compact look with lots of technology built in.


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

TaylorMade M2
www.TaylorMadeGolf.com • $1299

Unique Features: With a confidence-inspiring shape and technologies to promote speed, distance and forgiveness, the M2 Rescue gives golfers longer and more consistent shots from anywhere on the course. The club was designed for players seeking the ultimate in performance and consistency with every shot, from any lie. A redesigned, open-channel Speed Pocket creates a large sweet spot and enhances distance. The clubs are available with stock with TaylorMade REAX 75 gram (Stiff), 65 gram (Regular), 55 gram (Senior) and 45 gram (Ladies) shafts, and are available in three lofts (19 degrees), (22 degrees), (25 degrees) and (28 degrees)..

Tester Comments: Probably the most forgiving hybrid I tried … Hard to mis-hit … Nice high trajectory … Solid feel and soud.


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

Titleist 816 H1/H2
www.Titleist.com • $270

Unique Features: The H1/H2 offers superior technology for long game performance. These high launching hybrids fly farther and land softer. Active Recoil Channel technology actively flexes at impact to generate high speed and low spin for long distance. An ultra-thin face delivers speed and distance across the entire hitting area. A high moment of inertia design delivers speed on off-center hits. Two models have loft choices every two degrees, and a new one-degree SureFit Tourhosel adjustment for loft and lie. The available lofts include 19 degrees, 21 degrees, 23 degrees, 25 degrees and 27 degrees.

Tester Comments: The feel is great, you know when you have hit it on the sweet spot and when you have not, but still some forgiveness … They are very consistent even on miss hits


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

Tour Edge Exotices e9
www.TourEdge.com • $160

Unique Features: The EX9 features the superior forgiveness of previous models combined with Exotics technology. The EX9 technology offers a maraging steel cup face with updated/improved Variable Face Thickness (VFT). Thin and thick compartments on the clubface are strategically positioned for optimal forgiveness to avoid poor shots on off-center hits. A VFT face is combo brazed with a heavier hyper-steel body to make the EX9 hybrid easy to hit from any lie. The EX9 SlipStream sole features shorter "waves" from front to back, reducing the amount of turf interaction for better impact. The clubs are available in 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 hybrids with a stock UST Mamiya Recoil shaft.

Tester Comments: So easy to hit from any lie … Traditional looking with lots of distance .. Sole does all the work for you …


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

Wilson FG Tour F5
www.WilsonStaff.com
• $210

Unique Features: The FG Tour F5 features a refined Tour-preferred head shape and a Carpenter Custom 455 maraging steel face. The hybrids serve as a long-range solution for the "feel" player. Delivering maximum distance and versatility, the F5 hybrids also feature Fast Fit technology to allow for quick fitting changes on the range or tee box. Interchangeable weight placed low and close to the face decreases spin while maintaining an optimal launch angle for maximum distance. The clubs are available in 17-, 20- and 23-degree angles in either regular or stiff flex, with a Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki Z80 shaft and a Lamkin Crossline black grip.

Tester Comments: Nice compact shape that is easy to hit from any lie … Lots of adjustability to dial in the club perfectly to your swing and desired trajectory … The sound is solid, not hollow and feel is outstanding