If you really think about it, golf is almost exactly the same as it was 20 years ago, except for one difference… Hybrids. They really are the biggest game changer in golf in the past 20 years.
What is more fun: hard golf or good scores? Instead of having to hit difficult long irons, hybrids allow golfers to hit consistent shots high and far, resulting in better scores and more fun for everyone. So if for some reason you still haven’t switched out those 2, 3, and 4 irons for hybrids, consider dropping $50 or less on one of these below and test them out a bit. I’d be shocked if you don’t make an easy decision to make golf just a tad bit easier.
For those that have no shortage of money, check out the best hybrids that you can buy. For everyone else that isn’t as privileged, read along for the best value hybrids, all of which can be bought for $50 or less.
Overall Best Value: Adams Pro
This will be very clear by the time you read this entire article, but I’ll go ahead and say it now: when it comes to budget hybrids, Adams is the bomb. The Adams Pro hybrid is in my opinion one of the best hybrids ever made. It has got a sleek, professional design. It performs from every lie imaginable. Ball flights are high and soft. I can honestly go on and on.
With their patented High MOI Upside down head design, it makes consistent contact easier for all golfers. Regarding technological advances, Velocity Slot Technology on the sole and Cut Through Technology on the crown lead to improved ball speeds and forgiveness.
Lofts available: 16, 18, 20, 23 and 26 degrees
If you have got $50 and need a new hybrid, my absolute best recommendation would be to purchase this hybrid. The only downside that I and other golfers have about this club is that the face sometimes appears to be a degree or so closed at address. For those that push or slice the ball though, this could help!
Lowest Price: Adams Red
Aside from taking the overall winner, Adams also takes the cake for the best value hybrid for the lowest price. The Adams Red hybrid has a very simplistic design. I prefer the smaller head of it over a larger head like the Ping G25 or Titleist 913H below. When compared to the Adams Pro Hybrid, the Red has a very square appearance at address, which again is an advantage in my book.
Another advantage of this club is that is has a very flat leading edge. As a result, you can mishit the center of the clubface by let’s say upwards of an inch and be OK. If you missed by this much on a curved leading edge, it would probably result in an embarrassing topped shot. The only downside to this club is that ballflights are not as high and long as the Adams Pro. However, some prefer a lower ballflight, so this wouldn’t be a problem for them.
Lofts available: 16, 18, 20, 23 and 26 degrees
Best of all, the Adams Red Hybrid is the cheapest option, only costing $40 brand new!
Best Off the Tee: Ping G25
If you are looking for a hybrid that is best off the tee, then the Ping G25 is your best bet. With a curved leading edge, it is best off a short tee. However, if you can consistently catch it in the center of the face, you will not have a single problem hitting it off the deck.
This hybrid set has a progressive center of gravity. The 2 and 3 hybrids have low centers of gravity to encourage higher ballflights and facilitate stopping the ball softly, while the higher lofted hybrids have centers of gravity closer to the face to prevent ballooning ball flights. A huge benefit of this club that I think is often overlooked is the non glare, charcoal finish. It looks very professional and you won’t have to worry about the sun interfering with your focus when you pull your hybrid out from 220 yards and know very well that you should be hitting a 3 wood.
Lofts Available: 17°, 20°, 23°, 27°, and 31°
If you can find one in barely used condition for around $50, I’d say that would be an incredible deal.
Most Versatile/ Smallest Profile: TaylorMade R15 Rescue
If you strongly prefer a smaller profile head design, then consider the TaylorMade R15 Rescue. I really like how easy it is to align yourself to your target by using the black club face and white club head, similar to the concept of Odyssey Versa putters.
With such a small club head, I feel like this hybrid is very versatile, as it can be used from lies that most hybrids wouldn’t dare touch. For example, if you find yourself in sightly thick rough from 180-230 yards out and need to reach the green, many hybrids would get stuck in the grass, while this one would easily go right through it.
Due to the weight on the sole that you can see in the picture above, this rescue has got a low COG and thus results in high ball flights that typically stop soft and quickly. Another benefit of this club is the 3 degree loft sleeve, which allows you to adjust the loft of the club up or down 1.5 degrees. One pitfall of this club is that the sweet spot is decently small, so I would only suggest this club to someone who plays more regularly and is an above average ball striker.
Lofts Available: 17, 19, 21, and 24 degrees
Although leaning on the expensive side of the 5 listed in this article, if you are patient you can find a good one for around $50, like I did above.