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Best hybrid of 2020: GolfWRX Members Choice

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What is the best hybrid of 2020? Is the best hybrid or rescue the longest, most forgiving, best sounding, best looking, or a combination that you believe is most important? At GolfWRX, we take great pride in our online community and the cumulative knowledge and experience of our members. Needless to say, that extends to their GolfWRXers views on the best hybrid of 2020.

Read the discussion in the forums here.

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The bedrock of GolfWRX.com is the community of passionate and knowledgable golfers in our forums, and we put endless trust in the opinions of our GolfWRX members—the most knowledgeable community of golfers on the internet. No other group of golfers in the world tests golf clubs as frequently or as extensively, nor is armed with such in-depth information about the latest technology.

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You can see the results for the best hybrid of 2020, as well as quotes we pulled from GolfWRX members about the hybrids from our forum.

Best hybrid of 2020: The top 5

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1. Ping G410

Ping G410 hybrid sole is shaped for maximum stability

This is Ping’s first-ever adjustable hybrid, and it allows the golfer to customize ball flight eight different ways through varying loft (+/- 1.5 degrees) and lie combinations for consistently better results. A thinner more flexible face made from maraging steel generates faster ball speeds and higher launch so you carry trouble while hitting (and holding) more greens. A larger profile provides added stability and helps elevate MOI heel to toe.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “I have the 17° lofted down to 15.5°…. I get a nice ball flight. Miss hits still go a good distance and generally find the fairway. I am a high handicapper so I do have my swing issues, but I love my 2H and how it sets up. Just feels good and I have no confidence issues pulling that bad boy from my bag and taking a nice swing with it.” – Member jmkorting
  • “I got a 19 degree… This bad boy is better than any 5 wood I’ve ever hit. Actually gives me a solid chance on 5 pars again” – Member RodrigoNicely
  • “I have it in 19 degrees (turned up to 20, one degree flat) with the tensei ck blue 80 gram stiff shaft. This club has been awesome. My first hybrid ever was the G400, and while it was good I struggled to get the height I wanted. I tend to hit the ball lower, so being able to adjust the loft is huge. I had a shot 215 to the pin from the rough and the ball came out and climbed beautifully but was roughly 10 yards long! Have to spend a little more time adjusting to the new distances but the flight with this hybrid is amazing.” kcd38

You can also check out our spotlight, and for more information, can check out our launch piece here.

Read the discussion in the forums here.

2.TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

SIM Max V-Steel sole is designed to reduce drag through the turf

The SIM Max Rescue features a rounded toe and adjusted face angle to provide a new look from address compared to previous rescue clubs. It also used a C300 maraging steel face (yes, the same material used in the SIM Max fairway metals), to improve ball speed, durability, and overall performance.

The SIM Max Rescue also features a Speed Pocket designed to provide increased ball speed to the entire face while improving forgiveness on low-face impacts. The Twist Face technology help to counteract common mis-hits on the toe and heel to keep shots closer to the intended target line.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “For me, the SIM max gave me what I was looking for…the extra 10 yards I needed to fill my gaps better. Coming from a BB 815 20* (turned down to 19*) the SIM is giving me a higher ball flight and more distance.” – Member sbjinx
  • “The 3H is a rocket launcher. Very impressed. Love the look at address.” – Member FairwayJ_90
  • “I hit the 4h 22° looking to replace my 4 iron using the stock shaft. Stupid long and launches high. It is as long as my R15 3h… Sounds fantastic too. I might look for a low lofted one to replace my 3w” – Sim Max member comment
  • “Had my second round with it today and I came away very happy. Stock Ventus shaft for me was money of the tee for me when I didn’t need a 3 Wood or Driver. Can’t wait to use it more!” – Member ASN21

You can read what other golfers are saying about the SIM Max Rescue in the GolfWRX forums: TaylorMade Sim MAX Rescue discussion, and see our launch piece hereAlso, check out: Inside story on the popularity of the Sim Max Rescue on tour.

Read the discussion in the forums here.

3. Titleist TS2

TS2 has a weight positioned to increase launch and lower spin

The TS2 hits the perfect balance between maximizing forgiveness and total playability for golfers with a more sweeping/shallow delivery into the ball.

The TS2 hybrid utilizes the same Speed Chasis technology as the TS fairways woods to save weight all over the club including the crown. This, in turn, allows for a lower CG and better mass positioning—the end result is a 10 percent bump in MOI, higher launch, and lower spin. Plus, we can’t forget the tour-proven SureFit hosel to dial in exact lofts and yardages.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “I have the TS2 3 and 4 hybrid. They are long….and straight. I have used them on long par threes and to get home in two on long par 4’s.” – Member gpleonard
  • “I just got fit and purchased the TS2 21* hybrid with the Tensei AV Blue shaft. Really forgiving and has a nice flight to it. The only club in my bag I play at a flat setting and it plays still with a nice draw, never have to worry about it hooking on me.” – Member agood3putt
  • “I have the TS2 19 and 23 and I love them. They get up in the air easily, feel great, and I actually like the sound (it reminds me a little of the old Steelhead Plus, which I loved). ” – Member Scottbox
  • “I bought at TS2 19 deg with the HZRDUS Smoke 80g stiff shaft about 3 months ago and hit it much straighter and consistent. It has replaced my 915 19 deg with the Blue Diamana shaft. With the TS2’s more stable shaft, it has allowed me to swing harder without fear that the ball will be going crooked.” – Member M_B_H

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Titleist TS2 hybrid in the GolfWRX forums: Titleist TS2 Hybrid discussion. and see our launch piece here.

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4.PXG O317 X Gen2

The sole weights on the PXG Gen 2 0317 X allow for multiple adjustment options to fine-tune ball flight

The PXG 0317 X Gen2 hybrids feature Hot Rod Technology to lower the center of gravity and increase stability, with the help of the precision weighting system and lightweight carbon crown.  The sole design was improved over the previous generation by being more rounded and creating a lower profile to reduce drag and help create a desirable trajectory from almost any lie.

The PXG 0317 X Gen2 hybrids also offer a very sleek adjustable hosel to fine-tune loft and dial in your perfect distance.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “The 0317 Gen 2’s are awesome and have the best feel. Just point and shoot with total confidence, they knocked my Adams Pro A12 hybrids out of the bag after almost 10 years of hitting them.” – Member SEP1006
  • “I have a Gen 2 19* with an Oban Kiyoshi Purple 05 (100g) and it is my favorite club in the bag. I can flight it down, shape it both ways, and it seems perfectly at home when I swing out of my shoes or when I choke down and take a chippy swing. If I didn’t love playing a traditional 4-iron, I’d definitely put another PXG hybrid in play. I literally find myself trying to find an excuse to use this club on the course in situations where I have no business using it… it is that good.” – Member Philomathesq
  • “I have 3 Gen 2 hybrids 19,22 & 25 opened up 1.5 degrees with Fujikura Pro 2.0. Best hybrids I’ve ever owned. They are long and perform outstandingly. I can hit any shot I need to hit with them.” – Member snagy2000
  • “The thing I really like about this club is the look/shape/size. Not too big, not too small, not iron-like, not wood-like. Love the matte finish to gray carbon. It reminds me of a stealth version of the SIM Max.” – Member halfsumo

You can read what other golfers are saying about the PXG 0317 X Gen 2 hybrid in the GolfWRX forums: PXG 0317 X Gen2 hybrid discussion thread, and read our launch piece here.

Read the discussion in the forums here.

5. Mizuno CLK

The CLK’s WAVE sole increases flex and concentrates more mass for higher launch and controllable flight

Hybrids are designed with precision and repeatability in mind, and that is exactly what engineers at Mizuno have achieved with the new 2020 CLK. When you turn the club over, you’ll see the familiar Wave Sole technology as in previous hybrids and metal woods, but compared to the previous generation, the wave is more compressed and thinner in the middle to help create more ball speed and launch for shots hit all over the face—especially those hit closer to the leading edge.

The crown has been incrementally lowered and sloped towards the sole to help lower and push the CG back further to give the 2020 CLK a little MOI bump. Like all but one of the hybrids in the top 5, the CLK offers an adjustable hosel with a total of four degrees of loft adjustability built in.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “They are amazing! If I wasn’t so attached to my f7 and its ability to get me out of the worst of lies, I would replace it. The CLK looks better and feels great. It’s a winner for sure.

You can also read what other golfers are saying about the 2020 Mizuno CLK hybrids in the GolfWRX forums: Official Mizuno 2020 CLK discussion and check out our launch piece here.

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Rounding out the top 15 hybrids

  • Titleist TS3
  • Cobra Speedzone
  • Callaway Mavrik Pro
  • Callaway Mavrik
  • Srixon X H85
  • Ben Hogan VKTR Hybrid
  • Tour Edge EXS 220
  • Callaway Mavrik MAX
  • Honma XP-1
  • Cleveland Launcher Halo

Read the discussion in the forums here.

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Whats in the Bag

Jordan Spieth WITB 2021 (April)

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Jordan Spieth what’s in the bag accurate as of the Valero Texas Open.

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H2 (21 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-95 X Hybrid

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46-10F, 52-08F, 56-10S), Vokey Proto (60-T)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.0

 

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Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 009
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 1.0

Grips: SuperStroke S-Tech

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

 

 

 

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Equipment rewind: A deep dive into the Cleveland HiBore driver legacy

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I have always been fascinated by product development, specifically the development of unconventional products. Now in the world of golf clubs, one of the most unconventional designs ever introduced was the Cleveland HiBore driver, which during its lifespan, experienced tremendous success through a number of generations, including the HiBore XL, XLS, and finally, the Monster XLS, which, as you may remember, hid the acronym “MOI” on the sole, alluding to its massive level of forgiveness.

As a golfer, I played the original HiBore, along with the XL Tour for a period of time and was always curious about the story behind the “scooped out crown.” In a search for answers, I reached out to Cleveland-Srixon to get the lowdown on the HiBore and discuss where it sits in the pantheon of drivers.

Ryan Barath: Considering how engineers are continuing to do everything they can to increase MOI and push the center of gravity low and deep in driver heads, it feels like the original HiBore and the subsequent models were well ahead of their time from a design perspective. 

It makes logical sense the best way to save weight from the crown is to make the crown “disappear” compared to traditionally shaped drivers, am I correct in assuming that?

Cleveland design team: You nailed it.

At the time of the HiBore, there were really only two solutions to create a low and deep center of gravity:

    1. Make the crown lighter – by either replacing the crown with a lighter-weight material such as a graphite composite or magnesium or by thinning out the material on the crown. Thinner crowns were possible thanks to advances in casting technology and using etching techniques to remove material.
    2. Make the driver shallower – this change in geometry created a very forgiving low profile design, but the downside to this was that you ended up with a very small face that looked intimidating compared to the larger-faced drivers on the market.

The HiBore took a new approach and inverted the crown geometry so that all the crown weight was moved lower. By inverting the crown the HiBore design allowed for a very long and flat sole, therefore there was space in the head that was really low and deep to put the weight.

The HiBore was really the first driver to eliminate, or nearly eliminate the tapered skirt. Almost every modern driver in the market is inspired by the HiBore in that respect. It was a two-part solution where we lowered the weight of the crown and simultaneously created a low/deep location to put any extra mass.

The lower and deeper CG of the HiBore improved launch conditions significantly, but also made the driver much more consistent across the entire face. The deep CG increased MOI resulting in tighter dispersion since the sweet spot was in the center of the face. Misses both low and high performed exceptionally as opposed to having a small hot spot high on the face.

RB: In every conversation I have ever had with engineers, there is always this give-and-take mentality from a design perspective to get to the final iteration. Was there anything that was given up or sacrificed for overall performance with this design?

Cleveland design team: The hardest part about the HiBore design was the sound. Prior to the HiBore, internal ribbing in a hollow golf club head was nearly unheard of. To make the HiBore sound acceptable, we had to design a ribbing structure to control the sound and design an entirely new manufacturing process to produce those internal ribs. To this day, most drivers include some form of internal ribbing to control sound or improve ball speed and that ribbing technology can be traced back to the HiBore.

In terms of tradeoffs, the major one was the low spin nature of the driver made it more difficult for low spin players to use. If a golfer is already low spin, this club would be too low and drives would just fall out of the air. Low spin golfers tend to be low spin because they hit the ball high on the face. Since we lowered the sweet spot, a high face impact was further from the sweet spot so ball speed fell as compared to a higher CG driver. Fortunately for us, in that era most golfers were fighting too much spin or way too much spin, this wasn’t a real issue.

RB: Do you have any final words on the HiBore drivers and the legacy they have left behind?

Cleveland design team: We are very proud of the HiBore driver family and the success it had at the time, but we are also proud of its legacy.

In the same way that you can trace nearly every modern band back to the Beatles or Led Zeppelin, you can trace nearly every modern driver back to HiBore either through the internal structure that is prolific across modern drivers, or the long, flat sole that is a must-have in a high-performance driver.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (04/03/21): Tiger Woods spec’d irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals who all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing, including equipment or, in this case, a sweet set of irons!

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for Tiger Woods spec’d TaylorMade P7TW irons, or as they are also known: the GOAT irons.

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade P7TW **TIGER SPECS* 3-PW

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules.

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