We’ve all heard it before, probably on multiple occasions: hybrids are much easier to hit than long irons.
I’ve said it many times before, and firmly believe that is is true. However, many people think otherwise. They simply struggle with hitting their hybrids. Do I hit it likes a three wood? Or like an iron? Do I hit it with a sweeping motion or a downward strike? Should I take a divot with a hybrid? How is this easier than a long iron? Did we actually travel to the moon, or was it all just a hoax? I always get carried away, sorry.
So for those that struggle hitting a hybrid, my guess is that you either need more practice (find the best PGA instructor for you) or you simply need another hybrid. Not all hybrids have great feel, distance, and the ability to get the ball airborne quickly and easily. For that reason, let’s talk about the most forgiving hybrids. These are the ones that, in my opinion, are the simplest to hit correctly.
What does it mean for a hybrid to be more forgiving than the others?
- Wider club face: the smaller the club face, the harder it is to hit. Smaller club faces have smaller sweet spots (typically), so find a hybrid with a slightly oversized head and club face. As long as the club isn’t too large so that it gets caught up in the rough mid swing, the bigger the better! More club face = more margin for error typically.
- Relatively “straight” (not curved) club face: Many hybrids are designed in a way that if you hit the toe of the club, the ball will go to the right (note: for righties; assuming a perfect swing path). You should be looking for a relatively flat, straight club face. The curved ones will require you to hit the center of the face to hit it straight. Note that I don’t mean a straight sole of the hybrid need to be straight. I’m talking about the face itself. If a sole is too flat, it can lead to a bad club/turf interaction and lead to chunks at times.
- Low spin head: the more spin that is put on a golf shot, the more likely it is to curve either way. A lower spin head will lead to straighter, longer hybrid shots.
- Lower center of gravity: The lower that the center of gravity (COG) is on the club, the more likely the ball will get airborne easier. This basically just comes down to how weight is distributed within the club head. The most forgiving clubs have weight on the perimeter of the bottom of the hybrid. This will encourage less spin & straighter shots. Plus, the quicker you can get the ball airborne, the better.
- Decent stock shaft: odds are, you won’t be taking any shafts out to replace them with a more premium option. For that reason, we’ll briefly discuss the stock shafts that come with these hybrids.A better shaft can 100% impact the consistency of your shots, so we’ll focus on hybrids with decent stock shafts.
Let’s discuss the best hybrids that you can buy today. Depending on your budget and how much money you are willing to spend, I think we can find the best hybrid for you personally.
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The “Cheap” Forgiving Hybrid: Adams Tight Lies
Most hybrids today cost around $150-$225. If you want to cut that in half and still end up with a super forgiving hybrid, this Adams Tight Lies Hybrid is for you. Adams has always been a leader among cheap-ish hybrids and fairway woods. Their hybrids are meant to be as simple to hit as possible.
I’m a huge fan of Adams Red, Pro, and Blue model hybrids, as they are all great discount options compared to the premium ones on the market. However, I think the Adams Tight Lies is the best mix of price and performance. Such a great looking hybrid for the price. Can’t say that I absolutely loved the feel and sound, but the performance was top notch. If you want a better hybrid all around (feel, consistency, ball height, etc), check out one of the two clubs below.
For those looking to save as much money as possible, though, the Tight Lies hybrid is easily my best recommendation for you. Take the money you saved take a lesson with a PGA pro to learn how to properly hit it!
What might interest you:
- large impact area low on the face: if you often hit your hybrids thin, this is a great option for you. Other hybrids have a very curved sole of the club, requiring center contact for a solid strike
- very professional, distraction free design: I’ve always liked the solid black finish on clubs. No logo or design to distract you
- Ghost Slot Technology for higher ball speeds
- Low spin club head + decent stock shaft
The Best Value Easy-to-Hit Hybrid for the Money: TaylorMade M2
The clubs that I consider the “best value” are typically clubs that were the best reviewed releases when they were first brought to the market. Over time, though, new clubs cause the demand for older ones to go down both consistently and drastically. The TaylorMade M2 hybrid is the absolute best mix of price, forgiveness, workability, and feel.
It was the most demanded hybrid a couple of years back, but the TaylorMade M4 new release has pushed the M2 out of the limelight. It’s still the same high quality club that is was before though! I would say that the majority of golfers that bought their M2 hybrids when they first came out still have the club in the bag. It’s only the golfers that chase the latest and greatest thing that have upgraded to the newer releases.
The feel of the M2 hybrid is simply incredible. It’s got a great sound and feel in your hands at impact, which is very satisfying. The distance control and consistency is top notch as well, or you wouldn’t have seen as many pros put it in their bag as there were.
- Low spin stock shaft: TM Reax Graphite
- Low center of gravity + speed pocket = long, straight shots
- Very versatile design: won’t get caught up in the rough
- Price has decreased drastically in the last year
The #1 Forgiving, Easy to Hit Hybrid on the Market: Callaway Rogue
What an incredible hybrid that Callaway has released with the “Rogue” clubs. The entire set is based primarily on increasing distance with their new and improved Jailbreak Technology. Basically, their designers put some solid rails inside the club head that have increased the ball speeds and forgiveness across the entire club face. This is actually the first time that they have put this technology in a hybrid, though!
The performance of the Callaway Rogue hybrid is absolutely top notch. Golfers of all skill levels have described the longest, straightest ball flights that they never imagined they could hit with a hybrid. If anything, it might require you to buy another club to fill the gap between your hybrid and your longest iron in the bag!
The second most important factor, when it comes to forgiveness in this hybrid, is the center of gravity. Using their patented “internal standard wave”, they have positioned the COG lower and more forward on the club face to encourage less spin and a higher launch angle. This leads to high shots that fly longer and straighter due to less spin on the ball.
- Super thin, fast club face for faster ball speeds
- Internal Standing Wave puts the COG lower and more forward to encourage getting the ball airborne quicker
- Jailbreak technology for more forgiveness and speed across the club face, especially on mishits and off center strikes
- longest and straightest ball flights of any hybrid released so far
Thank you for the hybrid article.
Thank you for your help. As a lady golfer losing distance (age)! I’m thinking of introducing a 3/4 hybrid. Flo
You have said that Adams are the cheapest clubs to buy , and you also recommend the Callaway Rogue , but correct if I am wrong , but I thought Callaway bought Adams ? The club head in the Rogue is very if not identical to the Adams hybrids , look forward to your reply
Taylormade bought Adams not Callaway.
What are your thoughts about hybrids from Clone Manufacturers like Pinemeadow or iDrive? You can pretty much pick up a brand new clone with a stock graphite shaft for about $40. Just wondering if they are good enough quality.
Also, are you able to control the ball with a hybrid PW? Or are hybrids mostly meant for hitting long and straight and not necessarily controlling shots like chipping onto the green.
I wanted to ask your opinion, since golf stores around here don’t carry much Adams clubs. I’ve got 2 Adams hybrids , 3 & 4 , IDEA i•wood, TIGHT LIES , True Temper shafts, old clubs, atleast 14 yrs or so.
I’d like to upgrade. I love these clubs.
What would you suggest
that compares with the ones I have.
Golfers can reduce their handicaps by four shots upon hitting 3-woods off the tee. A shorter, more
lofted golf club is easier to hit and more accurate, especially with hybrids. I am now breaking 80
almost every time following my own advice. Again, if you control your golf club you will control your
golf ball as a result. Sure you may be hitting two clubs more into most greens but you know where
your golf ball is going most all the time. When you hit more fairways you also will hit more greens
and are putting for birdies instead of pars. Keeping your golf ball out of sand, water, woods, and
rough automatically produces better golf scores. Spending two thirds of your practice time on your
short game (putting, chipping, pitching, and flop shots) also results in lower golf scores. Making
fewer mistakes (like 3-putting and hitting the wrong club for a golf shot) makes golf more fun and
reduces frustrations. Golf is always more fun when you play well consistently. All the best. CWG