If you’re in a hurry and just want to find the Best Hybrid Golf Clubs for Beginners and High Handicappers in 2020, then we recommend the Callaway Big Bertha 2019.
**UPDATE FOR 2020** If you’re looking for the latest reviews of brand new products released in 2020, we’ll be updating this post as we do our research and should be finished by the summer. Please make sure to check back then!
Once considered the red-headed step child in your bag, hybrids have come a long way! Im probably giving away my age here but do you remember Corey Pavin and PRGR?!
While Corey was definitely in the minority back then, when you look at PGA Tour bags today, you’ll start to see more and more hybrids being carried by the pros. That’s pretty simple then, if the best players in the world have them, then you should too!
In this article, we’re going to be reviewing the following hybrids:
Well we’re glad you asked that question! But before we begin, let’s dive into a little bit more about these game changing clubs.
Beginners Guide to Hybrid Golf Clubs
What Are Hybrids?
As the name already implies, a hybrid is a type of golf club that has the design characteristics and performance of an iron and a wood.
Basically what you’re getting is a short shafted, high loft fairway wood. If you were to compare the mishit of an iron to the mishit of a hybrid, the hybrid would be remarkably better. This is due to higher MOI or moment of inertia.
MOI is a technical term that refers to the amount of twisting that occurs at impact on off center hits. One of the primary goals of the golf swing is transfer as much energy from the club head to the golf ball at impact. When you strike a ball off center, there is a significant amount of twisting and therefore loss of energy transfer. Hybrid design allows for higher MOI, which results in less twisting and loss of energy at impact, and greater distance on mishits.
Another added feature of a hybrid is the lower center of gravity. Without going into a whole physics conversation, the added size of a hybrid allows the center of gravity (CG) to be located farther from the face. When the CG is located lower and farther from the face, the higher trajectory you will get. In other words, if you were to compare an iron and hybrid with identical lofts, the hybrid will get the ball up in the air on a higher trajectory than the same lofted long iron.
Now when it comes to beginners and high handicappers, one the biggest problems with long irons, is getting the ball in the air.
So here’s a quick summary:
Pros of Hybrids
- Increased forgiveness and less distance loss on off center shots
- Lower center of gravity makes getting the ball in the air easier
- Higher loft of an iron for soft landing on greens
- Shorter shaft of an iron for more control versus a fairway wood
Cons of Hybrids
- Less distance than a fairway wood due to shorter shaft
- Less control than a long iron
- Harder to hit out of thick rough than an iron
How Many Should I Carry?
If you have 2, 3, or 4 iron in your bag, you should definitely be looking to swap these out. The 5, 6, and 7 iron you may way want to keep but this is up to personal preference and confidence. If you struggle with hitting any of these consistently, you may want to consider replacing them with a hybrid.
What To Consider When Choosing The Best Hybrid Golf Clubs for Beginners and High Handicappers
As mentioned above, more forgiveness is an important feature for beginners and high handicappers since sweet spot contact is inconsistent.
By replacing long irons that have less forgiveness, you can see the added benefit of better mishits that land closer to the green and can still allow you to save par or at worst make a bogey.
Swing speed is a key factor in being able to hit a long iron and get the ball into the air quickly. The higher your swing speed, the easier it is to launch a ball high. With most beginners and high handicappers achieving a high swing speed can be a challenge but having a low CG (center of gravity) can help.
A hybrid design allows weight to be placed lower and further from the face which overall helps get the ball up quickly.
More Shaft Flex
The shaft flex plays a large role in creating the ideal angle at which the ball leaves the clubface at impact (launch angle).
When you have too much flex, your ball may go too high or too far left (right handed golfer). When you have too little flex and your ball is going too low or too far right (right handed golfer). Let’s be honest, for most of us, we have a tendency overestimate our swing speed and therefore tend to pick a club that is too stiff.
Not to beat a dead horse but since beginners and high handicappers normally have slower swing speeds, having more shaft flex will generally help create the ideal launch angle and get the maximum distance from your shots.
When you’re replacing your long irons, keep in mind the loft your of the hybrid you’re choosing. If you’re going with a hybrid from the same manufacturer you should be pretty safe swapping out 3 iron with a 3 hybrid.
If you’re going with a hybrid from a different manufacturer of your irons, then you need to figure the loft of the irons you’re replacing.
You probably want to avoid replacing a long iron with a hybrid that has the same loft as another iron in your bag that you’re keeping. You want to make sure there’s 10-15 yards in difference from one club to the next.
You’re starting to see more hybrids with customization you might see in a driver. While this is a nice feature to have, it may not make sense for the added cost. If you’re a tinkerer, than selecting an adjustable hybrid may make sense but if you’re anything like me, I prefer my hybrids to be just the set it and forget it type.
Hybrids are good clubs to keep in your bag but in our opinion, probably fits in the middle of importance. We feel you should definitely be investing the most in your putter, driver, wedges, and irons first before spending money on hybrids. You can expect to shell out several hundred dollars on a single hybrid.
The good thing is that with modern golf technology, its making the game much easier to hit solid shots but the bad thing is that it’s getting more expensive.
Now there’s a couple ways you can approach buying a hybrid; buy new or buy used.
When you buy used you’ll definitely be paying less but a drawback is that you won’t be getting the latest technology. It’s kind of like an iPhone, do i want to go brand new and get all the bells and whistles or can I get by with a functional flip phone?
The good news though is that there’s a large second hand market for used clubs so you’ll always be able to get some cash for that old hybrid in the future.
Whatever way you choose, pick something that fits in your budget and doesn’t cause you to miss next months mortgage.
Best Hybrid Golf Clubs for Beginners and High Handicappers Reviewed
Callaway’s Big Bertha 19 hybrid features their Jailbreak technology and OptiFit hosel to create a great hybrid.
The Jailbreak technology, utilizes 2 internal bars inside the clubhead to stabilize it during impact, that leads to high ball speeds at impact and long distance.
An ultra-thin 455 stainless steel face with Hyper Speed Face Cup technology creates faster speed and long distance at more impact locations across the face for maximum forgiveness.
Finally the OptiFit hosel allows for a variety of adjustability and customization options to create a club specifically for your game and swing.
- Large clubhead allows for lower CG and great forgiveness
- Outstanding distance with explosive feel off face
- Easily gets the ball in the air
- Adjustable hosel allows for easy customization
- Almost gets the ball too high for higher swing speeds
- Larger head size may feel bulky
XXIO (pronounced zeck-see-oh) is the premium line of clubs from the same owners of Srixon and Cleveland X.
Their hybrids combine three unique technologies, to help you hit the ball better, in what they call True-Focus Impact Technology.
A Hi-Energy Impact Head design enlarges the sweet spot on the club face, giving you more ball speed and greater distance from more impact locations.
A lightweight, low swing design provides your more speed with less effort.
The Smart Impact Shaft is designed to reduce the force on your body during the swing to promote more consistent sweet spot contact.
- Specifically designed for slower swing speeds
- Very forgiving club with tight shot dispersion
- Launched ball very high
- Good distance
- Higher price point than other hybrids
- Ball was almost too high which explained for less than maximum distance
- No adjustability
The 2019 Cobra King F9 Hybrid features their Speedback Technology that combines low, back weight and a rail design to lower the center of gravity and increase speed, stability, and get the ball in the air from a variety of lies.
A thin, high-strength stainless steel face insert creates increased ball speed and greater launch all across the club face.
The 10% larger club head for greater MOI combined with a lower toe and square leading edge to lower the center of gravity and improve alignment for higher accuracy.
Finally, it features Cobra Connect powered by Arccos with access to more than 40,000 golf courses to help track performance for improving your game.
- Beautiful matte black design
- Very easy to hit off all types of lies because of rail technology
- Great feedback on off center hits
- Good distance
- Lower price point than other hybrids
- No ability adjust or customize settings
- May sound a bit high pitched for some on contact
The TaylorMade M6 is the first hybrid to feature Twist Face Technology for a longer, more accurate club.
This tech is a unique face curvature engineered to decrease side spin and correct the face angle on off-center hits to deliver straighter shots. Also a thin, fast face improves ball speed and increase overall distance.
A steel body construction features a stepped crown for a lower center of gravity and easier alignment and the Speed Pocket design is more flexible to maximize ball speed on off-center shots, especially ones lower on the face.
- Great distance
- Wide body design allows for lower CG and easy to get in the air
- Very forgiving and tight dispersion on mishits
- Good sound and solid feedback on well struck shots
- Slightly lower launch may make more sense for higher swing speeds
- No adjustability options
The Srixon Z H85 is Srixon’s most advanced hybrid that features a stepped down crown design to promote increased distance and a lower center of gravity.
A larger than standard hybrid profile inspires confidence at address for increased forgiveness on both tee and approach shots.
Finally it’s simple classic design looks like a players club and makes a beautiful addition to your bag.
- Solid sound and feel on good strikes with good spring off of club face
- Great distance on well struck shots
- Wider profile allows for a lower CG and easy to launch the ball high
- Beautiful, classic design has the appeal of a players club
- Lower price point than other hybrids
- No alignment aid on crown
- Standard shaft option is more geared towards higher swing speed golfers
- No adjustability
Selecting the best hybrid golf club for beginners and high handicappers can be a daunting decision since there are so many options available from multiple manufacturers. In our opinion, the 5 we reviewed above are some of the best options in 2019.
We feel that a lower CG is an important feature to have since most golfers have a problem generating enough swing speed to get long irons into the air. Having a low CG will allow you to get the ball in the air quickly and thus maximize your distance.
After a low CG, forgiveness is important because making solid contact consistently can be very difficult. A hybrid golf club with more forgiveness will allow for better distance on off center strikes which will leave you in a better position to save strokes on your game.
With this in mind, we decided the best choice is the Callaway Big Bertha 2019.
Although the Big Bertha 19 can feel a little bulky and almost launch the ball too high sometimes, the added forgiveness and the ability to adjust the hosel made up for these shortcomings. The explosive distance on all areas across the face and ease to get the ball in the air quickly made the Callaway Big Bertha 2019 our choice.