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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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Read the discussion in the forums here.

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.

Read the discussion in the forums here.

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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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (05/27/21): Ping PLD Prime Tyne putter

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that 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 we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Ping Putter Lab Design (PLD) Prime Tyne putter ($650)

From the seller (@T-Bone84): “Limited edition putter that is very hard to find for less than 4 digits.  It’s a compact head with a super shape, I just love my LAB so much it doesn’t get any bag time.  It is lightly used with original shaft (35″) and a GP grip, headcover and original grip included.  It does have a tiny mark on top of hosel that can’t be seen from address but I tried to capture.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Ping Putter Lab Design (PLD) Prime Tyne putter.

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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What GolfWRXers are saying about using a pitching wedge as a chipper

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the strategy of using a pitching wedge for chipping. WRXer ‘SkrappyHacker1’ wants to know if anyone else employs this tactic, saying:

“My 44 degree PW is the club I feel most confident with when chipping. I used to use my 50° gap wedge for chip shots but never hit it consistently.”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts and ideas in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • lefthack: “When I first learned I didn’t have a PW, only a SW and learned to do everything with it. Now I have 3 wedges, but use my 52/8 for almost everything inside of 30 yards minus heavy rough or sand, then it’s 56. But my PW is good for everything from 100-30 yards.”
  • FootWedge16: “A majority of amateurs would shoot lower scores if they used bump and runs with an 8, 9, or PW in almost every situation that doesn’t require a flop.”
  • PJE: “Depends upon the shot you want or need to hit and the green contours and speed, but if it’s working go with it. Several years ago, people often chipped with pitching wedges, 9 irons, and 8 irons. It’s less common today. I think because today’s club lofts are stronger. Many people also play game improvement irons which can be chunky and kind of awkward for chipping.”
  • DavidCrockett: “I choose the wedge with the appropriate bounce (and sometimes grind) for the intended shot. These are far more important to me than loft.”

Entire Thread: “What GolfWRXers are saying about using a pitching wedge as a chipper”

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GolfWRXers showcase their first ever driver

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In our forums, our members have been displaying their first ever driver. WRXer ‘Mackepa’ wants to know what driver fellow members learned the sport with, who himself began with a Callaway Little Bertha 5 club set.

Our members have been sharing photos of their first driver and how they feel about the club today.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • mogc60: “Hogan Speedslot persimmon. Had the 2 and 4 wood as well. My grandpa insisted I start playing golf at 15, and he gave me these.”
  • scooterhd2: “Still gaming my first driver (above photo). I’ve cheated on it a few times but keep going back to it. Worn grip, epoxy rattle, and all. Just goes straight for me.”
  • electroleum: “The first driver I had with a proper set of golf clubs was a MacGregor Dx Power Pyramid driver. Had the full matching set.”
  • jwhite86: “My first real driver was a Taylor Made 360… bought it right after the 500 series came out… let a friend try it at the range, and it immediately got a sky mark…”

Entire Thread: “GolfWRXers showcase their first ever driver”

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