Bridgestone J40 Hybrid
From Golf Magazine ClubTest 2012 (May, 2012)
Category: Better-Player Hybrids
Price: $179, graphite
WE TESTED: 2h (18°), 3h (21°), 4h (24°) with Project X graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The stainless steel head has a larger profile with more perimeter weighting for added forgiveness. A tungsten weight in the heel contributes to higher launch and less spin. It has an iron-like appearance at address, thanks to a black crown and a silver topline.
OUR TESTERS SAY: A dependable performer that garners very high marks for accuracy.
PLAYABILITY: Reliable, straight flight with some ability to play fades or draws; large, rounded sole works from the rough and fairway bunkers.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Laser-like accuracy on solid contact; most shots stay on the intended line.
DISTANCE: Some testers find them to be considerably longer than their own; offcenter hits come up just a little short.
FEEL: Shots jump off the face; solid thud at impact isn’t tinny or metallic.
LOOK: Silver topline makes it look more like an iron at address; larger head than most hybrids, with little or no offset.
Some testers don’t find it as versatile as other smaller-headed hybrids; a few guys expect more forgiveness.