2017 Best Hybrids

Hybrids, those magical half-fairway wood type clubs that cover those uncomfortable distances beyond 150 yards and just south of your 3-wood, come in all sorts of varieties these days. But if there's one consistency in the best hybrids today, it's this: The long iron is now officially past its expiration date.

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Hybrids, those magical half-fairway wood type clubs that cover those uncomfortable distances beyond 150 yards and just south of your 3-wood, come in all sorts of varieties these days.

There are compact hybrids designed for better players that need just a hair more forgiveness and height compared to the long iron they're replacing. There are adjustable hybrids that let you precisely dial in your long-game distance gaps. There are a full slate of hybrids with the kind of face-flexing distance technologies that have trickled down from drivers. And there even are hybrids that come with internal weighting aimed at fighting your slice.

In short, what's most exciting about hybrids today is that they come in so many varieties that any golfer should be able to find the specific amount of help they need to make reaching the green from those uncomfortable distances a little more comfortable. Shapes range from 100 cubic centimeter compact heads that allow players of a certain skill to work the ball and attack the pin to virtual mini-fairway woods that bludgeon the ball from almost any kind of lie up and out toward the general vicinity of a target.

We're seeing plenty of technologies to increase the way hybrid's faces flex and the way the sole and sometimes even the crown contribute to higher, longer shots than could ever be possible with an iron. More than any club in the game, today's hybrid can take an uncomfortable situation and make it bearable, maybe even take a weakness and turn it into a strength.