Easy-to-Hit Hybrids

Greg Lord
Hybrid clubs make the game so much easier and more enjoyable that it's amazing to consider that they barely existed only three short years ago. Today, hybrids account for close to 20 percent of the total metalwood market. As the class continues to grow, so do the options in terms of performance, head styling, loft and trajectory. Bottom line is the hybrids listed here give you the ability to dial in long-game distances and ball flights much like wedges allow you to do in your short game.

Cleveland HALO
The HALO (High Angle Lift Off) is constructed like a wood--it has a hollow steel head--but is meant to be a long-iron replacement. The halo effect is a large hitting area and stability on mis-hits.
$150 (steel), $191 (graphite); 800-999-6263 or clevelandgolf.com

Orlimar H830
Alpha 300 Steel (lighter than standard stainless steel) is used to construct a hot face just below the legal limit (0.83 COR). A 10-gram tungsten plug in the rear medallion contributes to a low, deep center of gravity to help shots get airborne easier.
$199; 888-502-4653 or orlimar.com

Srixon AD Hybrid
The varied sole thickness on this club allows the head to recoil at impact, which in turn causes the ball to linger on the face. This phenomenon produces a higher launch and lower-spinning shots. And that means they go farther.
$199; 888-477-4966 or srixon.com

TaylorMade Rescue Dual
Identical in shape to the original Rescue Mid, its two weight ports and removable plugs combine to move 36 grams rearward for more forgiveness. The plugs, which weigh 2 grams and 14 grams, help you create a draw bias or "neutral" head weighting.
$250 (steel), $300 (graphite); 800-888-2582 or taylormadegolf.com

Tour Edge Bazooka JMAX Houdini
Billed as a fairway-wood replacement, the Houdini has offset, a wide radius sole with lots of weight, and a one-inch shorter shaft than fairway woods of comparable lofts. The payoff is better Control and a high launch.
$89 (steel), $99 (graphite); 800-515-3343 or touredge.com

Wilson Staff HB5
The HB5 hybrid features a low profile stainless-steel head with a long face from heel to toe. The 0.370-inch shaft (in steel or Nano-tech graphite) supports the cause: to resist twisting at impact for playable misses.
$200 (steel), $250 (graphite); 800-469-4576 or wilsonstaff.com

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