Golf Digest editors picks
CLEVELAND MASHIE

CLEVELAND MASHIE

STREET PRICE: $150
WEBSITE: clevelandgolf.com
LOFTS: 16, 18, 20.5, 23, 26
TECH TALK: Built on the same "lighter, longer" platform as the rest of Cleveland's metalwood line, the Mashie features a superlight Miyazaki shaft that's one-fourth of an inch longer than standard to help players increase clubhead speed. Two sole rails help reduce turf interaction and make the club more playable from various lies.

PLAYER COMMENTS:
M: "It looks unfinished, but once you pick it up you don't want to put it down. It's the most consistent hybrid I've ever hit."..."It just tears through the ball. Has superior distance and ball flight."
H:"I would buy this club, take it home and paint it. Everything felt pure coming off the face, and you can work the ball left and right."..."It launches the ball like a high 3-wood. Looks vintage."

HOT: Simple but effective, the Mashie has surprisingly good feel and performance -- even for slow swingers. The generous loft options should make it more popular.
NOT: There's nothing sexy about the "retro raw" finish. It looks like the club is missing a paint job.
COBRA BAFFLER RAIL H

COBRA BAFFLER RAIL H

STREET PRICE: $150
WEBSITE: cobragolf.com
LOFTS: 17, 19, 22, 25, 28
TECH TALK: The second-year Baffler Rail H comes with a four-way rail design on the sole that seeks to minimize club-ground contact and helps the player avoid getting stuck in long grass. A thin maraging-steel face allows for 10 percent of the club's weight to be repositioned back and deep to help players launch the ball high.

PLAYER COMMENTS:
L: "It has a cool, muted sound at impact, but the ball still leaps off the face."..."It's very workable for such a big hybrid head."
M: "I like how they've hidden the face at setup: It's a sharp-looking club. And man, it feels solid at impact."..."It has a nice, clean shape that is easy to align. The leading edge sits comfortably under the ball at address."

HOT: Here's a hybrid that remembers the "H" should stand for "Help" first. The significantly increased lofts in the women's models are greatly appreciated.
NOT: The pronounced offset makes you think you'll hit it left.
PING G15

PING G15

STREET PRICE: $160
WEBSITE: ping.com
LOFTS: 17, 20, 23, 27, 31
TECH TALK: The G15 is a low-spinning, high-launching hybrid designed to resemble an iron at address (if you ignore the protruding crown behind the toe). The club has ample offset and a large internal weight pad along the toe portion of the rear sole for added forgiveness. Custom-fitting options include adjustment of lie, shaft length, grip size/type and swingweight.

PLAYER COMMENTS:
L:"As easy to align as an iron. Travels up high in the air and then comes down soft."..."Fat and thin shots both go a considerable distance."
H: "Kind of looks like Fred Flintstone's toe, but it'll work well for a guy who's struggling to keep it straight."..."Ugly can be beautiful: It's so consistent my last five swings were redundant."

HOT: A powerfully smart design that seems to swing like an iron and fly like a fairway wood.
NOT: Even our most tolerant testers find the G15's deep-face, bulbous look tough to take.
PING I15

PING I15

STREET PRICE: $190
WEBSITE: ping.com
LOFTS: 17, 20, 23
TECH TALK: The i15 has a similar internal design as the G15 -- a heavy internal weight pad is low and deep to launch the ball high with less spin -- but it's built for players with high swing speeds who want to work the ball. The face is wider and more shallow, but the fitting options are the same.

PLAYER COMMENTS:
L: "One of the most consistent ball flights I've seen in a hybrid. There are no surprises, just a nice, mid-level flight each time."..."It has a lot of giddyup: The ball explodes off the face."..."You get high, forceful shots that have enough air under them to stop on a green."
M: "I can swing freely without having to worry about hooking it."

HOT: The i15 definitely comes from the deep end of the Ping hybrid-aesthetics gene pool, and it's a look everyone will admire.
NOT: The club is in its second year. Why not add a couple more lofts, especially since many higher-handicappers prefer it to the G15 because of the way it looks?
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