Best Hybrid Golf Clubs for High Handicappers & Beginners 2018

Are you looking for a replacement for your long irons or looking to get something to get the ball in the air quicker and hit more greens?

Hybrids are perfect for that.

Did you know once upon a time golf iron sets had 3 and 4 irons? 

Those days are long gone and hybrids have taken their place which is a very good thing. Nowadays you'll struggle to find sets with 3, 4 and even 5 irons. Hybrids are that much easier to hit in the air that even the pros have switched out their 2 and 3 irons in favor of them. Even Tiger started playing a driving iron during his comeback rounds in the Bahamas.

The benefit to your game as a higher handicapper is two-fold. You'll be able to hit more par 3's in one shot and you'll be able to hit longer approaches into the greens more easily. Actually, we could add that one of the best hybrids for high handicappers might become your go-to club for any tee shot.

Why are hybrids so much easier to hit?

First thing you notice in a hybrid is the body behind the face like Jennifer Lopez before she got old. With that extra booty in the back, the face can be made thinner like a fairway wood. This means the manufacturer can redistribute weight to the sole to get more of the weight under and behind the ball so you can hit it in the air MUCH easier than ever before.

Essentially you're getting a shorter shafted, higher lofted fairway wood that is easier to hit than a fairway wood and far easier to control. In today's game, they're no-brainers and if you don't have one, you're really losing out. The graphite shaft also makes them lighter so you can easily generate enough clubhead speed which is essential to lift a ball off the ground with a lower lofted club.

Should I get a hybrid?

You should look at getting a hybrid if you:

  • Can't reach par 3's with your current lowest number iron
  • Hit a lot of irons from the rough very poorly
  • Need a consistent tee shot that can get onto the fairway on tight holes
  • Can hit a fairway wood but not a 3, 4 or 5 iron
  • Have a 5 wood but don't want a 7 or 9 wood

How do I select the correct loft for my set?

Hybrids generally go a bit further than irons of the same loft. The manufacturers generally put the number of the iron on the hybrid to show which iron it replaces. So a 5 hybrid replaces a 5 iron.

Below is a chart to gauge which loft hybrid golf club to get in relation to your longest iron.

For high handicappers like yourself, I would recommend anything from 19 degrees (3 hybrid) and up. Feel free to have as many as you like. They really will change the way you attack the greens. For lofts lower than 19 degrees, I recommend fairway woods. <<check out my guide on fairway woods here>>

My Top Hybrid Pick: Tour Edge Bazooka Platinum

Tour Edge have created an awesome range of 'iron-woods' as they call them. They range from 18 degrees all the way to 50 degrees so you can pretty much replace all your irons if you're feeling a little crazy. The weights in the sole and these things get the ball up QUICKLY.

Best Hybrid Golf Clubs for High Handicappers & Beginners

  1. Tour Edge Bazooka Platinum Iron Wood (Widest range of lofts on a budget)
  2. King Cobra F7 (Most adjustable and best from the rough)
  3. Wilson C300 Hybrids (Best distance option for all double digit handicappers)
  4. Taylormade M2 Rescue (Best for high handicappers with fast swing speeds and slicers)
  5. Cleveland Launcher HB iron set (Easiest to hit full hybrid iron set)

Simple point and shoot with wide range of lofts

Very straight shooting clubs

You can literally replace your whole set of irons with the range of Bazooka Platinum Iron woods. They range from 18 degrees all the way to 50 degrees! 

Tour Edge are famous for making maximum game improvement solutions especially in the fairway wood and hybrid department. These hybrids promote a high longer and soft landing ball but without the need to dig yourself a deep divot like a pro. If you struggle with arthritic hands and prefer sweeping the ball, you'll love these.

One drawback is that the head shape stays pretty uniform throughout so the shorter hybrids are quite bulbous so that's something to keep in mind. It doesn't affect the ability to hit your shot, just looks a bit weird. 

You'll find the Bazookas get great distance on all shots even mishits from thin to fat to off center and slicing and hooking the ball is going to be difficult because these just want to go straight. 

Pros
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    Distance boost on every club compared to your normal irons
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    Good for those struggling with arthritis and prefer sweeping the ball instead of taking a big divot
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    Almost shank proof!
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    Very low price
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    You can actually say 'I'm taking out the Bazooka'
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    Not as pretty as higher priced clubs
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    Difficult to control on green side chips
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    Shorter iron hybrids might be too bulky for your tastes - there is no progressively smaller head shape in the lower lofts

Adjustable and easy to keep square at impact even in the rough

King Cobra re-introduced the Baffler technology with the two bars on the bottom of their clubs to help the head move through the grass and keep the face square at impact. That's huge for high handicappers because there's a lot of time spent in the rough and irons get tangled in the long stuff.

But off the tee, this club really shines. Carry distance is excellent and with the forgiveness, can easily become the go to club on tight par 4's.

Adjustability and forgiveness can be all yours

What I like about the F7 hybrid from Cobra is that you can adjust the lofts to whichever you prefer. This means your 3 hybrid can be adjusted to a 4. Your 4 hybrid can be adjusted to a 5 and vice versa. This can help you get the right distance gap between your top iron and the hybrid you select. 

Besides the adjustable lofts, there isn't too much innovative about this club. It's just a solid workhorse that will keep your club on line and the ball travelling where you want. Holding greens can be an issue as the spin rates generated by the club are quite low.

The Baffler rails on the bottom make a difference on keeping the club skimming through the turf and not digging in and that's particularly important in the rough where you should be hitting hybrids and fairway woods most of the time!

Pros
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    Cobra badge on the crown makes it super easy to align to your target
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    Baffler rails to keep club from digging
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    Excellent from hard​​​ lies and deep rough alike
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    Great tee ball gets you in the fairway with good distance
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    Low-spinning hybrid more for distance and accuracy than green-holding ability
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    Nothing mind-blowing in terms of new tech

Value for money club for high handicappers

If you want to feel like you nailed every shot, this is the club for you. It's almost impossible to tell the difference between a good strike and a bad strike. With a selection of 17°, 20° and 23°, there's a forgiving and easy to hit solution for you. A 20 or 23 degree would be best for a high handicapper.

Great quality shaft and great looks with adjustability

The crown of the C300 is quite large and a beautiful matte red satin finish makes you feel confident standing over the ball that there's a lot of club face there to put a good lick on the ball. Low spin rates mean this hybrid hits the ball straighter and on mishits, and with the super flexy face you get mishits almost as long as clean strikes.

The specially designed sole with special holes placed around it makes the face flex even more than usual which generates much faster ball speeds at impact. Remember, this is a higher handicapper hybrid so you can expect it to be a low spinning hybrid which it is. That means longer shots with more rollout and less back-spin to hold greens but if you play for the extra roll, you're going to love this club.

You can adjust the lofts at the hosel like on the big name hybrids so by turning the adapter in the hosel, you can go up and down two degrees for more loft or less loft.

Pros
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    Adjustable hybrid at a good price
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    Ball feels like it explodes off the face at impact 
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    Low spin rates and high ball speeds off the face for maximum distance
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    Extremely forgiving - ball just goes straight and long
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    High quality shaft included as standard
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    Loud sound at impact
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    Red color only

Excellent for higher swing speeds and slicers

If you hit the ball a bit toward the heel, this is the perfect hybrid for you. That's where they've set the large sweet spot on the M2 Rescue from 2016. I haven't put the 2017 edition in this list because there's no need to spend the money on a product so indistinguishable from the previous model. 

Forget the slice

The M2 2016 produces a penetrating flight and give you a lot of rollout. What this little club will do is give you that extra oomph to hit those long par 3's that seem to catch you out. 

On top of the extra distance, the club is a bit draw biased so it helps to eliminate those slices. If you have a faster swing speed, you'll get the most out of these clubs. The sweet spot feels a bit smaller than other hybrids but overall this is a moderately forgiving hybrid in the game improvement category of clubs. 

One major drawback is the sound of the club. Unfortunately while making the face flex more for big distance, by putting in a slot between the face and the rest of the club, the sound just doesn't match the strike and is very muted. If that doesn't bother you and you just want the boom boom, this is a winner.

Pros
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    Easy to hit from all lies
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    Can help eliminate a slice with its draw bias
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    Penetrating ball flight is great for tee shots on par 4's
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    When struck out of the sweet spot, one of the longest hybrids available
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    Sound doesn't match the strike - a bit lackluster really
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    Not adjustable at all

Impossible to hit a bad shot with these irons

The HB (Hi Bore) irons are the new Super Game Improvement clubs from Cleveland designed to help beginners and high handicappers hit more consistent shots with ease. We're talking straight to the target and way up in the air. They're almost impossible to mishit.

It's not the first time Cleveland have produced these weird looking clubs. The older Cleveland Altitudes won over a lot of golfers with their extreme forgiveness and consistent ball flight. This style of progressive hybrid and iron combination set's really easy to hit and the only thing stopping most golfers from switching over to them is ego. A lot of golfers want to look like the pros with standard looking irons in their bag. 

But if you're struggling to get the ball to fly decent distances with standard irons, these clubs could revolutionize your entire golf experience.

It's like legal cheating!

The set starts with a 4 iron shaped exactly like a hybrid and as the set progresses toward pitching wedge, the hybrid back of the club gets smaller until you can't see it on the pitching wedge. The thick sole created by the hybrid design of the irons makes them easy to hit out of any lie. It just can't be stated enough how easy they are to hit.

Cleveland have colored the hybrid back of the irons black to calm down the appearance to give it a more streamlined look because it can be distracting if you're used to standard irons. 

Do yourself a favor and try these clubs. You might find they're the most forgiving irons you've ever hit.

Pros
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    Unbelievably easy to hit consistently well
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    High spin numbers even with the hybrid back
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    Flat face, not rounded like most hybrids for a more iron-like look 
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    Wide sole for easy movement through turf
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    Much easier to hit mid and long irons
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    Hybrid look on each club can be a turn-off for some
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    Adjustment period to get used to the new design
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    No sand wedge included

Hybrids and fairway wood setup in your bag

I'm a huge fan of fairway woods for low to mid to high handicappers. They glide through the long grass, get you onto greens from longer distances and can take the place of a driver.

But I always find a nagging difference between my 4 wood and my irons. That's where the hybrids come in to save the day. If you have a 5 wood and a 7 wood, you probably don't hit your 4 or 5 iron too much and when you do it's not performing as you'd like. 

Hybrids are a complement and not a replacement for fairway woods. They can bridge the gap between your fairway woods and your irons or they can take the place of your irons. There is no magic recipe so look at your distances and your priorities to have a bag with both fairway woods and hybrids to give you an all-round solid game. 

I suggest for a high handicapper: 

  • 1 x 3 wood (driver is optional)
  • 1 x 5 wood
  • 1 x 20 degree hybrid or 3 hybrid
  • 1 x 23 degree hybrid or 4 hybrid
  • 1 x 26 degree or 5 hybrid

Conclusion

There are tons of hybrids available from full sets to just the replacements for long irons. Either way you can get your game into perfect shape by incorporating a hybrid or three into your bag. The Bazookas are a very good way to get into hybrids as a new player and as you get better, upgrade to bigger brands (if you really even need to).

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2 comments
BRYAN says

I was wondering if you might help me decide? I’m leaning towards 3 of the Hybrids you recommend here. The Tour Edge Bazooka Platinum, the​Wilson Staff C300, or the COBRA F7. I can’t really find the F7 as of of yesterday. Is the F8 good as well.
I’m looking for easy to hit straight with distance in the fairways and possibly a go to club off the tee.
thanks
Bryan

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    Matt says

    Sent you an email!

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