Let's Do Launch: These Easy-to-Hit Hybrids Help You Attack More Flags

Let’s Do Launch: These Easy-to-Hit Hybrids Help You Attack More Flags

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Callaway Apex Hybrid; Titleist 816H1 Hybrid; Mizuno JPX-EZ Hybrid

Bridging the gap between your mid-irons and your 3-wood can feel overwhelming. The market is full of hybrids, high-lofted fairway woods, hollow-bodied utility irons — even plain old long irons. So how do you sort it all out? With a clear-eyed appraisal of how you play, and an open mind. Here are three hybrids that are meant to be hit with a more descending, iron-like blow. And a reminder: The best time to get custom fit for hybrids is when you’re measured for irons.

Mizuno JPX-EZ

$200

See those ripples on the bottom? That’s Mizuno’s updated (wider) “Shockwave” design, which weakens the sole to allow for more flex along the lower portion of the face — and more oomph on thin strikes. Plus, the new head shape — a larger footprint with a wider face and a flatter crown — pushes mass low and farther back, raising the MOI higher than in its predecessor. The nonadjustable head has a maraging steel face that adds power that aspiring golfers need. Available November 6.

Titleist 816H1 and 816H2

$250

The 816s feature many of the same technologies as the 915H and 915Hd, including a thin 455 Carpenter steel face and an “Active Recoil Channel” (ARC) to amp-up ball speed. Revamped shapes push the CG lower and deeper, which leads to a 1° higher launch, while beveled edges along the ARC sole provide a smoother ride through the turf. The 816s come in 2° loft increments, with a new “SureFit Tour” hosel that adjusts loft and lie in 1° intervals, making it easier to fit with your irons. The H1 delivers similar spin with a 7 percent higher MOI than the 915H, while the H2 generates less spin and a flatter flight than the H1. Available October 23.

Callaway Apex

$220

The Apex is designed to be the most versatile, workable iron-like hybrid in Callaway’s fleet. An “Internal Standing Wave” weighting system makes sure of it, placing 
 the club’s CG a little higher and more toward the middle of the head than in previous models. With its neutral CG and slim shape, this better-player hybrid should gel 
 with irons, producing 
 a controllable trajectory 
 with more than enough 
 spin to make shots stick 
 on the greens. As for distance, a 455 Carpenter steel face cup helps the Apex pack a wallop, delivering fast ball speeds on center and off-center hits. Available December 4.