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Ping i20 Hybrid Review




Just a few things about myself before I get into the review. I am a golf enthusiasts, as many guys are here on WRX. I have been golfing for about six years now (former baseball player) and take it serious, but always enjoy my time on the course. I carry a handicap index of 8. Some strengths of my game are wedge play and iron play.Woods and hybrids had generally given me trouble until I stumbled upon the i15hybrid.

Club Tested: PING i20 Hybrid 20*

• Pros

The glare free matte black finish is the first thing I noticed when opening the box. Matched with the Project X black shaft, the “stealth” black look is very nice. Small/compact head. Great sound and feel at impact. It is very similar to the i15 and doesn’t take much adjustment getting used to.

Click here to see more photos and read discussion in the forums

• Cons

Some might think it is a players club being part of the i series, but one will quickly realize it is for mid and low handicappers not just the best golfers. It truly is difficult to come up with cons for this club. Just a few swings in I knew PING had another winner.

• Bottom Line

PING has done it again. I for one LOVE(D) the i15 hybrid (still have in my bag). The i20 hybrid is right there if not longer than the i15. The look is unique and eye catching, and the matte black finish is great during sunny days.The club offers great forgiveness with workability. The ball flight produced is a nice mid to mid/high couldn’t ask for anything more. Try it and you will want to buy it!

Editor/Tester Review:

• Look (5 stars)

The i20 hybrid’s matte finish (on crown) and black face aren’t just another all black club. Unlike the Titleist910 line, the i20 hybrid is a matte finish which eliminates glare which as many of you know can be quite distracting when standing over a shot on a bright sunny day (can be seen in my pictures). The overall look of the black finish is very cool and functional, hats off to PING on this one. I can’t speak on the durability of the finish as I have only hit a few balls on the range/course,but I hope to update the review over time with feedback on how the club wears.

As for the overall shape and style of the club, it has a similar shape and lines to the i15. I hope my pictures captured this, but the head is noticeably smaller and more compact looking than the i15 however. I for one have been very pleased with the i15 hybrid, but hands down the look of thei20 is way better. A lot of this has to do with personal preference, but I think the i20’s finish has gotten a lot of applause here on the boards.

Click here to see more photos and read discussion in the forums

• Performance/playability (4 Stars)

Just a few swings into testing put a huge smile on my face. One swing, a perfect mid height shot that just seemed to carry, perfect launch and come down softly. The dispersion from left to right seemed to be very tight. I am no tone to usually work the ball with my hybrid. I would generally use it off the tee on short par 4’s, as a second shot on par 5’s or off the tee a long Par3. Working the ball left or right with the i20 is no problem. I haven’t had enough on course testing with it to give feedback on performance out of the rough just yet, but off the tee for me it was longer than my currently i15 set up and off the deck it was longer as well(hit a par 5 in two day that I generally need a fairway wood to reach). One thing I noticed was a nice launching angle, the ball seemed to climb nicely to its peak after launch and come down softly enabling the user to hold greens on long par 3’s and par 5’s etc. In limited use thus far I am very pleased with the performance. They took a great performing club in the i15 and made it even better. Also had a few instances when hitting the club out of the rough and this is where it truly shined. It’s pretty much point and shoot with this thing.

• Feel (4 Stars)

The feel is wonderful, again similar the i15, yet sweeter for lack of a better term. The sound for those of you that have hit the driver is muted, which for some may be music to their ears. Even mishits, one that I had in particular was out near the toe, the ball still flew fairly straight, lost some height, but still felt great. The shaft seems to be super smooth, gives good kick, and overall the club feels like a good weight. I was expecting a club a little lighter, but I am very happy with the overall weight of the club. Again I haven’t hit enough balls with it to experience more and/or worse mishits, but the few that I did experience still turned out okay and felt fine. The club offers a nice solid feel at through impact, no harsh vibrations or stinging in the hands. As far as sound and feel a golfer can’t really ask for more in this department.

• Overall bottom line (4.5/5 Stars)

As I mentioned before, PING has another winner on their hands here. The i20 is without a doubt an improvement over the i15, and I thought it was going to be hard to outdo their last offering. PING has proven me wrong once again. They did a great job in taking a great club and making it even better. The size/shape/look are all very pleasing to the eye. The finish is very functional for golfers in sunny locations. The stock Project X black shaft is a GREAT stock offering as well, can’t beat it as far as stock shafts go. The i20 hybrid performs and it performs well. I will be putting my i15 and the i20 head to head against one another. I have a free spot in my bag so I can always carry both! I highly recommend this club to those who liked the i15 or currently use the i15 and are looking for something new. I also recommend this club to players seeking a good mixture of forgiveness and workability in a classical compact style hybrid head. You can’t go wrong with the i20.

Click here to see more photos and read discussion in the forums

On to the pictures (comparison shots are with an i15 20* hybrid):


When looking to improve on the i15 hybrids, it turned out that player feedback was overwhelmingly less than helpful as many responded that they wouldn’t want anything to change! Fortunately, PING’s engineers are able to rely on their own experiences as well to make clubs that can better meet players’ needs.

As with the other i20 clubs, the i20 hybrid is geared toward better golfers. PING reduced the profile both head to toe as well as front to back to create a more compact head. They also squared the leading edge a bit more, reducing the rounded appearance so that it’s easier to get a sense of where you’re aiming the clubhead.

With the reduced head size, PING moved the center of gravity down and forward to make for a more piercing trajectory and slightly lower spin, giving better players more control over ball flight. The smaller face and profile makes it more versatile from different lies and easier to get the club through deeper rough.

As has been the theme for the rest of the woods, the i20 hybrid sees reduced MOI around the shaft axis–a whopping 48% reduction over the i15. Again, in conjunction with the neutral weighting, this makes it easier to rotate the face to square or manipulate the face to work the ball either way.

The i20 hybrids will be available in 17º, 20º, and 23º lofts, both lefty and righty. Stock shafts include the new proprietary TFC 707F (R, S, and X flexes) and Project X Black (5.5, 6.0, and 6.5 flexes). The Project X option is targeted towards players looking for a lighter shaft that will provide a bit more spin and kick than the TFC. And both shafts look great with the matte black on black finish.

Per Ping Press Release:

i20™ Hybrids
For launching the ball high and landing it softly on the green, the i20’s compact head and low- deep CG are perfectly suited for the job. Forgiveness across the clubface allows golfers to swing confidently from heavy rough or tight lies with accurate results. More surface area low on the clubface ensures forgiveness to optimize launch conditions. The straight leading edge and slim, contoured head make aiming easy. A non-glare, matte-black finish eliminates distractions to help with aim and focus. Players can choose from two stock shafts: the PING TFC (Tip, Flex, Control) 707H for a low-spin, boring trajectory, or the lighter Project X Black by True Temper, offering mid spin and a higher trajectory.

-Hybrids available: 17º, 20º & 23º
-Stock graphite shafts: TFC 707H (R, S and X flexes) and Project X Black (5.5, 6.0 and 6.5 flexes)
-U.S. MSRP: $210

The hybrid looks good to me — very good, actually. Looks like it won’t go left. But I have to be honest with you — I suck at hybrid. Always have. So I’m not going to blow any smoke up yer skirt by saying I hit it and it changed me. Ben was carrying it 250+ yards super high, but he has mad skills compared to me & my 5 hdcp. Most people play hybrids very successfully — I’m not one of them. My bad.

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  1. Golfraven

    Mar 31, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    3 years on playing the i20 hybrid and clubs I need to say that this is almost my favourite club in the bag. It really still lookes like I just put it into the bag so certainly the black finish has not worn out neither on the face nor crown or back. Have the PX shaft and it performs excellent. So if you are on a budget or looking to buy used i20 set then you likely want to replace the 4 and 3 iron with this hybrid. Entire ping i20 set will stay in the bag for another 2 seasons or more.

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    Mar 2, 2015 at 5:47 pm

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  3. MBA-J

    Feb 14, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I just bought one of these on closeout from Golfsmith. I played the i20 driver for about a year, and I loved it until the Cleveland Classic XL Custom beat it out. Unfortunately, the i20 fairway woods felt great but spun too much. However, the 20* i20 hybrid will replace my 3-iron and is the perfect combination of looks, feel, and playability for my game. I’ve gone through a number of hybrids (585H, Cleveland Classic, Adams Idea Pro), and I prefer this hybrid over all others I’ve hit so far.

  4. Mario

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    I recently purchased a ping i20 20* project x stiff version of this club and love it. The black color is sweet and the size of head itself is perfect (unlike those larger, almost fairway wood looking hybrids). I’m using this to replace my 3 iron and am not looking back. The club feels and sounds great. Has a nice, mid low penatrating ball flight than can be adjusted to a high fade if desired with relative ease. It’s very workable and surprisingly forgiving. I tried tons of other hybrids including the adams, calloway, nike, cobra, and TM hybrids and while I could hit others a bit farther (especially the adams Super LS), nothing beat the feel, workability and consistency of this club. I have been a longtime adams guy but happily made the change.

  5. JEFF

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I want to reshaft my Ping 120 17* Hybrid.

    I reshafted my 3 wood with a UST V2 high launch and love it.

    I put the same shaft in an I20 5 wood and hated it.

    The current shaft is the project x 6.0 and feels very light and loose.

    I am wondering if I can use the UST shaft that came out of my 5 wood?

    I also have a Graphite Design YS-6 shaft thats in an older Callaway Steelhead 3+ 3 wood. I would like to know if that is possible to swap out and put into my 17* hybrid.

    Looking forward to some advice. Thanks!

  6. golfingfool

    Nov 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I have the 17* and 20* and love it. Have the Miyazaki shaft on them and absolutely crush it. Love the driver and 3 wood too!

  7. DraysClay

    Aug 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I have to agree with written review here. Everything said is spot on! I replaced my Mizuno 20* hybrid with the i20…its longer and more forgiving. Also, I have the i20 driver and fairway wood. I’m very happy that they’re in my bag!

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Tour Edge Exotics EXS Pro hybrid



Hybrids, for many of us, are one of the clubs that don’t get replaced very often. Once we find one that we can confidently hit in pressure situations, it stays in the bag for as long as possible.

I am exactly one of those players as my hybrid has been in the bag since 2015 and has the paint chips and embedded dirt to prove it. That club has been my crutch to lean on when I couldn’t hit anything else straight off the tee, needed to hit the green on a long par 3, or go for the green in two on a par 5.

I wasn’t really looking for a new one when the Exotics EXS Pro showed up at my door, but the shape grabbed my attention, and I had to give it a try.

Tour Edge just announced the Exotics EXS Pro line of woods and they are “from the tour van” with tour-inspired shapes and performance. You can read the whole launch story we did HERE and also read about the new fairway woods.

The EXS Pro hybrid is smaller and has a deeper face than its EXS 220 sibling, giving it a look that better players look for. The shape is initially what got me, as it isn’t a tiny hybrid like we have seen with some other “tour” versions, but it isn’t too large either. The head is also a little more rounded overall, without a sharp toe or other lines. As I am one to hit my hybrid off the tee a good amount, the deep face was welcome—while it isn’t so deep that you can’t hit it off a tight fairway lie. The moveable weights in the sole allow you to adjust the head in order to make it an “anti-left” club that many better players fear.

On the course, I really felt comfortable with the EXS Pro right away. The first shot came off the face feeling hot thanks to the Beta Ti Face that is brazed onto the stainless steel body. The ball speed is really fast and the shot shape was flatter than my previous hybrid setup. If you are a high ball hitter and have a hard time with hybrids, the EXS Pro should be on your shortlist of new ones to try. Better players are going to love being able to flight the ball for windy conditions. Distance is of course fantastic, but it is repeatable and consistent.

The EXS Pro is a little longer than my previous hybrid, but still fitting into the distance that I require. Tour Edge didn’t just make the club longer to add distance, the lofts are pretty standard as the 19-degree I have is only 40.25” long and has a lie angle of 57.25 degrees. Dialing in the EXS Pro should be no problem since they make six lofts between 16 to 22 degrees to fit your gapping needs.

Over the past two weeks, I have found that this EXS Pro does remove the left side of the course. Tour Edge claims it is an anti-left hybrid, and so far I have found that to be nothing short of the truth. Shots are slightly fade biased with the heavier weight in the toe, but you can still easily turn it over and hit it straight. Tight lies or fairly deep rough are no problem with the compact shape and Slipstream sole, making it versatile all over the course. I

like the deeper face for hitting if off the tee and shots where the ball is sitting up in the rough. That deep face just gives me a little more confidence that if I get a little steep with my swing I will still be able to save a decent shot.

My only real complaint is that the EXS Pro’s Slipstream sole collects some dirt, and you have to grab a tee to clean it out, but really nothing that should stop anyone from putting this in their bag.

Overall The Tour Edge Exotics EXS Pro is an anti-left hybrid that is built for better players. What is might not have in total forgiveness it makes up for in lower launch, great distance, and its fade bias. If you have been struggling to find a hybrid to fit your game, the Tour Edge Exotics EXS Pro could be your answer.

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Review: Callaway XR and XR Pro Hybrids



Pros: The hottest hybrids in golf. The XR and XR Pro are also exceptionally well-rounded, with pleasing looks, feel and performance from the tee, fairway and rough.

Cons: Not adjustable.

Who are they for? Golfers who desire a more iron-like hybrid will likely prefer the XR Pro, whereas those seeking a slightly larger, more forgiving club that plays more like a fairway wood will find the standard XR a better fit.

The Review

Copy and paste. By that I mean, copy the review for the XR and XR Pro fairway woods and paste it right here. Everything I loved about the XR fairway woods applies to the hybrids, and the criticisms are nearly identical as well. Essentially, these clubs are long, forgiving and visually appealing. The only knock? No adjustability.


Callaway’s XR and XR Pro (right) hybrids.

Sometimes an equipment manufacturer will redesign a product in hopes of invigorating sales. Sometimes the redesign provides tangible benefits for the player. With the XR and XR Pro hybrids, Callaway has done both.

A redesigned internal standing wave, which boosts MOI, a measure of ball speed retention on mishits, offers golfers more distance regardless of where they hit shots on the face. Couple that with a center of gravity that is as low as Callaway has ever engineered in a hybrid (for a higher launch and less spin), and you have one bad mama jama.

Generally, golfers who opt for a hybrid do so for one of two reasons. They either want a club that performs a lot like a long iron, but is more forgiving… or they want a club that launches high like a fairway wood, but offers more control. Either way, the XR series has you covered. In both on-course and launch monitor testing, both hybrids launched higher than previous models. So if you prefer to see a flatter ball flight, going down in loft or pairing the head with a lower-trajectory shaft will help.

I’ve never hit a hybrid so high while still maintaining an ideal trajectory. Don’t be shocked if you demo either club and find that it launches higher and carries farther than what’s currently in your bag — especially if you currently carry a long iron or driving iron.

With these hybrids, the sweet spot is gone. It’s more like the sweet zone. As long as you can make semi-solid contact, the results are acceptable. If you’re an above average ball striker, you’ll likely find your misses to be decidedly more consistent.

In testing, both clubs excelled as secondary options off the tee, and more than held their own from the ground — even in light and deep rough. That said, where both clubs differentiated themselves for me was on long approach shots or second shots into a par 5. Being able to hit a club high enough (and far enough) to hold a green from 220+ is something the XR series does better than any other hybrid I’ve tested.


The XR and XR Pro (right) hybrids at address.

A note for better players: The smaller profile of the XR Pro is not indicative of its forgiveness. In fact, I found it to be pleasantly forgiving — much more so than other hybrids with similar shape and playing attributes. Ultimately, if you select the XR over the XR Pro it will be because the XR gave you better trajectory and distance numbers, not because one model was significantly more forgiving than the other. In fact, both models exhibit the holy grail of exceptional distance, hardy forgiveness and precise workability. It’s why no hybrid did better than the XR in GolfWRX’s 2015 Gear Trials: Best Hybrids List. 

The XR and XR Pro hybrids come in a variety of lofts. The XR Pro is offered in lofts of 16, 18, 20 and 23 degrees, whereas the XR is available in lofts of 19, 22, 25 and 28 degrees. Stock length on the 20-degree XR Pro is 40 inches, whereas stock length on the 19-degree XR is 40.5 inches. If you do get fitted and ultimately select one of these models, be sure to discuss length, as the iron you’re replacing is likely at least 0.5-inches shorter.


The XR hybrid (bottom) has a larger face area than the XR Pro, making it slightly more forgiving.

For people who might only look at the number associated with the club (i.e. 3H = 19 degrees), caveat emptor. In testing, the 3 hybrid had carry distances closer to a 5 wood than a 3 iron. As such, if you’re looking to replace a specific iron, I’d suggest starting at a number one higher than the iron you’re looking to replace. Specifically, if you’re dropping a 3 iron, start by testing the 4 hybrid. In addition, I found the 19-degree XR hybrid to launch nearly identically to the 20-degree XR Pro, albeit with less spin. I can’t help but think that was intentional on the part of the Callaway engineers.

Again, I’d like to see both models with the same array of shafts, as some might look at the stock shaft in the XR and presume the club is geared toward slower-swinging or less demanding players. This simply isn’t true.

The Numbers

Head: Callaway XR (19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X LZ (Stiff)

  • Average Ball Speed: 145 mph
  • Average Backspin: 5400 rpm
  • Average Launch Angle 22 degrees
  • Average Carry Distance (at 5000 feet): 237 yards
  • Estimated Carry Distance at Sea Level: 214 yards

Head: Callaway XR Pro (20 degrees)
Shaft: Project X LZ Pro 6.0 (Stock)

  • Average Ball Speed: 145
  • Average Backspin: 5100 RPM
  • Average Launch Angle 21.5 degrees
  • Average Carry Distance (at 5000 feet): 239 yards
  • Estimated Carry Distance at Sea Level: 215 yards

Gamer Head: Callaway Alpha 815 (20 degrees)
Gamer Shaft: Veylix Rome 988 (Stiff)

  • Average Ball Speed 143.8 MPH
  • Average Backspin 4975 RPM
  • Average Launch Angle 19 degrees
  • Average Carry Distance (at 5000 feet): 238 yards
  • Estimated Carry Distance at Sea Level: 215 yards

The Takeaway


Callaway’s XR Hybrids received top ratings for distance and forgiveness on GolfWRX’s 2015 Gear Trials: Best Hybrids List.

The XR and XR Pro hybrids from Callaway, with apologies to Tina Turner, are “simply the best” — at least for me. The lone shortcoming is a lack of adjustability, and depending on where you fall on this topic that may not be a significant weakness.

In describing the XR series, one quickly runs short of superlatives. Selecting either model as an upgrade to what’s currently in your bag is akin to throwing a rock into the ocean and hoping it gets wet. It’s nearly a can’t-miss proposition.


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2015 Gear Trials: Best Hybrids



Following the trend of new drivers and fairway woods, hybrid clubs have become much lower spinning than their predecessors in recent years. It’s a change that has widened their target audience from golfers looking to replace their long irons with clubs that fly higher and stop quicker on the greens, to… just about any golfer.

How do you know if you should consider a new hybrid? If you’ve ever wished that your current long irons or hybrids carried farther, that’s a pretty good indication that an updated model could be good for your game.

Our 2015 Gear Trials: Best Hybrids are plenty long, but they’re also very forgiving. So even if you’re not interested in hitting your clubs farther, you could still find more consistency from one of the six models below.

The Winners


The clubs and subsequent ratings were selected by our Gear Trials Panel, six of the top-rated custom golf clubs fitters in the world. Our 2015 Gear Trials Panel includes:

Learn more about our Gear Trials: Best Clubs Lists

The Ratings


While reviewing each of the 2015 Best Hybrids below, remember the purpose of the clubs. They bridge the gap between a golfer’s shortest fairway wood and the longest iron they can hit consistently. Some golfers can make that transition without a hybrid, while others may need several hybrids.

The best way to learn if a hybrid is good for you, or how many hybrids you might need, is to go through a professional fitting — but if that’s not an option for you, you can use our rating to your advantage. The hybrids that scored highest in our Distance Ratings tend to work best for golfers looking to shed spin, while the clubs that score high in our Forgiveness Ratings tend to be more consistent on mishits.

Along with our six winners, we’ve also listed three lower-spinning alternatives: Callaway’s XR Pro, TaylorMade’s AeroBurner TP and Titleist’s 915Hd. These clubs will work best for a smaller percentage of golfers than our six best hybrids, but they’re fueled by the same technologies as our winners.

Note: The list below is in alphabetical order.

Callaway Big Bertha


  • Headsize: 126cc (3 hybrid)
  • Adjustable Hosel: Yes, 3-degree range
  • Price: $249.99

You might be surprised to see Callaway’s Big Bertha hybrids, which were released alongside the company’s Big Bertha irons in the Fall of 2014, make our list. If so, you probably haven’t hit them.

[quote_box_center]”The Big Bertha is hard to miss,” said one of our Gear Trials Panelists. [/quote_box_center]

The reason to play a Big Bertha hybrid over the higher-rated XR hybrids are:

  1. Their larger size, which makes them appear more fairway wood-like than any other hybrid on this list.
  2. They’re adjustable, which allows golfers to dial in the exact loft and lie angle they need to get the most out of the clubs.

Like the XR hybrids, the Big Bertha hybrids use Callaway’s Hyper Speed Face cups to boost their ball speeds and forgiveness. They’re slightly higher-spinning than the XR, however, which will work very well for their target audience of slower swing speed golfers. But higher swing speed players shouldn’t count them out — particularly the 3 hybrid when adjusted to 18 degrees.

The Big Bertha hybrids are offered in lofts of 19, 22, 25, 28 and 32 degrees.

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Callaway XR


  • Headsize: 122cc (3 hybrid)
  • Adjustable Hosel: No
  • Price: $219.99

Callaway’s XR is likely the longest hybrid on this list, receiving the highest possible rating of 10 in distance, and thanks to Callaway’s slick engineering, it also ties for first in forgiveness (9.5) with Ping’s G30 hybrid.

[quote_box_center]”This should be the first hybrid you test,” said one of our Gear Trials Panelists. [/quote_box_center]

Like Callaway’s XR fairway woods, the XR hybrids set themselves apart from the competition with a mid-sized club head that offers a high launch, relatively low spin and more forgiveness than its predecessors. They’re offered in lofts of 19, 22, 25 and 28 degrees.

Our lone request for 2016: Can you make future models adjustable, Callaway?

Want a more iron-like hybrid? Callaway’s XR Pro hybrids ($229.99) measure a slim 98cc at 20 degrees, and offer a lower-spinning trajectory that many better players prefer from their hybrids. They’re offered in lofts of 16, 18, 20 and 23 degrees, but we recommend the 20- and 23-degree models in particular as 3- and 4-iron replacements. We wouldn’t be surprised if you carried them as far, if not farther, than your older, lower-lofted hybrids

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Cobra Fly-Z


  • Headsize: 105cc (3-4 hybrid)
  • Adjustable Hosel: Yes, 4-degree range
  • Price: $199.99

Cobra’s Fly-Z hybrid is sized like a better-player hybrid, but packs the forgiveness we’d expect from a larger model. That’s thanks to its rearward center of gravity (CG), which boosts consistency.

[quote_box_center]”Fly-Z, like [Cobra’s] Bio Cell last year, will still perform for the average player,” said one of our Gear Trials Panelists. [/quote_box_center]

If you’re a high-spin player, however, the Fly-Z might not be for you. It’s one of the highest-spinning models on this list, which is the reason for its relatively low Distance Rating (8).

Like the Fly-Z fairway woods, the strength of the Fly-Z hybrids is their versatility. They’re offered in three models: a 2-3 hybrid that adjusts from 16-19 degrees, a 3-4 hybrid that adjusts from 19-22 degrees and a 4-5 hybrid that adjusts from 22-25 degrees. Its wide-ranging adjustability is a great tool to have if you need to fill a specific yardage gap in your bag.

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Ping G30


  • Headsize: 110cc
  • Adjustable Hosel: No
  • Price: $229.99

[quote_box_center]”G30 gets the ball up in the air easy, and is on par with the G25 with slightly more ease to height,” said one of our Gear Trials Panelists.”[/quote_box_center]

The G30 hybrids use a new heat-treated 17-4 stainless steel face that boosts their characteristic time (CT), a measure of spring-like effect, 20 points higher than the G25 hybrids. They’re still not as long as other hybrids on this list, but they offer a noticeable improvement in ball speed over past G-Series hybrids, and with their similar trajectory that means they’ll likely carry a few yards farther for most golfers.

There’s no turbulators on the G30 hybrids, due to their smaller, more aerodynamic size, but the shape of the hybrids was tweaked from the G25 to include a flatter top rail and a higher heel section that gives them a more square appearance at address. We like the look, and see it as a change that will be enjoyed by the majority of golfers.

We wish the G30 hybrids were adjustable, but they are offered in five lofts: 17, 19, 22, 26 and 30 degrees. The higher-lofted models, because of the G30’s higher-spinning nature, are great for golfers looking for more stopping power on the greens, while the 17-degree model will be enjoyed by better players seeking a replacement for a pesky driving iron or a troublesome 4 or 5 wood.

TaylorMade AeroBurner


  • Headsize: 112cc (19 degrees)
  • Adjustable Hosel: No
  • Price: $229.99

What the AeroBurner lacks in forgiveness, it makes up for in horsepower. Golfers may or may not be able to hit it as far as Callaway’s XR, but the AeroBurner offers a unique shape that’s intriguing for those who haven’t found much success with traditional hybrid shapes. It’s also one of the highest-launching, if not the highest-launching hybrid on this list.

The calling card of the AeroBurner, however, is speed — from its Aerodynamic crown shape and its lighter weight, which will convert to more swing speed and more distance for some golfers. The AeroBurner hybrids are not adjustable, but they are available in lofts of 19, 22, 25 and 28 degrees.

Need more fade bias? TaylorMade’s AeroBurner TP hybrids ($269.99) offer golfers a more traditionally weighted hybrid. They’re the same size as the standard versions, but come with heavier heads and shafts that tend to give better players more control over trajectory. They also have a 2-degree flatter lie angle and a 1-degree more upright face angle that will please golfers who have struggled with the hybrid hooks in the past. They’re available in lofts of 19 and 22 degrees.

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Titleist 915H


  • Headsize: 118cc
  • Adjustable Hosel: Yes, 2.25-degree range
  • Price: $249.99

Looks aren’t a factor in our Best Hybrids list ratings, but if they were, Titleist’s 915H would likely be the winner.

The 915H’s pear-shaped head is large enough to inspire confidence, but not too large as to limit versatility. While the 915H is not the longest hybrid on this list, or the most forgiving, it’s great in both areas, and offers noticeably more ball speed than previous hybrids from Titleist thanks to the company’s new Active Recoil Channel — a deep slot that extends across the entirety of the club face. For that reason, we recommend trying a higher-lofted version of your current hybrid, if you carry one.

Titleist’s 915H is fully adjustable, and is available in lofts of 18, 21, 24 and 27 degrees. It comes stock with the best selection of stock shafts on this list: four “real deal” models from Aldila and Mitsubishi Rayon that are available in a wide range of weights, bend points and flexes.

Need less spin? Titleist’s 915Hd ($249.99) offers the same technology as the 915H hybrids, and is roughly 100-200 rpm lower spinning. It also has a slightly smaller club head (107cc) that many better players will prefer. The 915Hd hybrids are offered in lofts of 17.5, 20.5 and 23.5 degrees. We recommend the 20.5-degree model as a 3-iron replacement for better players looking for more carry distance and consistency.



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