The Best Hybrid Golf Clubs

By Jim Hagerty

Some golfers spend years struggling with long irons. Failure to get proper distance from a 3-, 4- or a 5-iron can add strokes to a scorecard very quickly. Hybrid clubs, since the 1990s, have been the answer for many players--even pros. A hybrid is designed to perform like a long iron with the comfort and forgiveness of a fairway wood. In fact, these clubs are a unique blend of the two.
Pulling out the long irons and replacing them with quality hybrids can make the game of golf as enjoyable as ever. It can also have a player reaching greens in regulation and navigating long par-3 holes without giving up strokes.

Adams Idea Series

Adams made significant waves in the golf industry in the late 1990s with its invention of the Tight Lies, one of the first hybrids on the market. Its new breed of hybrids, the Idea Series, is an industry leader and the No. 1 hybrid on the PGA Tour. They are easy to hit, very forgiving and come in seven models. The Idea A4OS and Idea A7 are among the top of the hybrid game. Adams Idea Pro series are popular among pros and advanced players. Adams Idea Series hybrids fall in the $100 to $170 range, as of 2009 pricing.

Callaway FT Fusion Hybrids

The Callaway FT Series hybrids, made of a blend of tungsten and stainless steel, are fitted with solid pro shafts and are easy to hit from a variety of lies. With four different lofts, 18-degree, 21-degree, 24-degree and 27-degree, FT hybrids are sound alternatives to long irons. As of 2009 pricing, FT Series hybrids fall in the $200 range, depending on the retailer.

Callaway Big Bertha Diablo Series

Callaway Big Bertha Diablo hybrids are perimeter weighted with the company's Dual Runner Sole. With the same lofts options as the FT clubs, Diablo hybrids are forgiving and easy to hit from the fairway and off the tee. Expect to pay $140 to $160 (2009 pricing) depending on the model and retailer.

Taylor Made Burner Rescue Series

Burner Rescue hybrids, by Taylor Made, are designed to get the ball up quickly from a variety of lies. Clubs are known for their light weight producing low, penetrating shots. The TP model (2009) is becoming widely popular with its adjustable face and low center of gravity. Burner Rescue hybrids retail for $130 to $220 (2009 pricing).

Nickent Ironwoods

Becoming more popular among touring pros, Nickent Ironwoods are easy to hit and dependable. With thin faces, solid tungsten-polymer fused inserts and eight different lofts, Ironwoods are surprisingly easy to hit form anywhere on the course and produce penetrating ball flights. Nickent Ironwoods are affordable, falling in the $80 to $200 range depending the model chosen (2009 pricing).

About The Author

Jim Hagerty is a freelance writer and journalist. In addition to the hundreds of Web-based articles to his credit, he's a staff writer for "The Rock River Times," where he covers arts and entertainment, outdoors and human interest news events. Hagerty holds a Bachelor of Science in public relations and journalism from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

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