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“The World’s Largest Unbiased Head-To-Head Hybrid Test.”

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Hybrids are scoring clubs. While you may use your hybrid (particularly stronger lofted ones) off the tee on the occasional par 4 or par 5, more often than not, most of us find ourselves hitting hybrids into greens.

We repeat; hybrids are scoring clubs, so while we can appreciate the obsession with distance, the reality is that the best hybrids fly straight enough to keep you on or near the green, and generate enough stopping power to hold the greens you hit, often from distances exceeding 200 yards.

This year we’ve leveraged our Testing Facility in Yorktown, VA to conduct the most comprehensive, unbiased hybrid test in the world. We put 16 different hybrids to the test to see which club can take the most strokes off of your game. If you’re in the market for a hybrid in 2017, this is for you.

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All testing was conducted inside our fully independent test facility located in Virginia.  All testers used Bridgestone B330-RX golf balls for consistency and to reduce test variables. All ball data was collected using the world’s most trusted launch monitor, Foresight Sports. All head data was captured using the Foresight HMT device. This comprehensive dataset was then run through our proprietary Most Wanted Rankings methodology that we have developed called TRUERank. What we have developed is the most accurate test to determine the leaders in the hybrid category.

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      Scott

      6 years ago

      I’ve tried over the years to replace my Cobra 2008 DWS Bafflers 32,29,25 hybrids. First there was Adams, Callaway, Wilson, TaylorMade and newer Cobra’s they all worked ok but they never could replace the older Cobras over the golfing season. new doesn’t mean better but I’ll keep on trying . If it works don’t replace regrip and reshaft and EBAY has helped to replace DWS with newer looking ones . 7 hdc 60 years old

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      Craig

      6 years ago

      Srixon hybrids are under-rated, great to see this review acknowledge their performance. After extensive demoing, I just purchased a 19 and a 22. Feel and consistency and balance made the decision easy, great clubs.

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      dcorun

      6 years ago

      I play 3 F6 hybrids and they are by the best I’ve played. No draw bias like other hybrids I’ve played. I have the 2/3, 3/4 and 4/5. Accurate, easy to hit off the fairway and tee and longer than I expected. No reason to change to the F7 but, as MGS says, the F7 is the one if your looking for a hybrid.

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      Bridie Boy

      7 years ago

      This test proves that there is very little difference between these clubs.

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      ole gray

      7 years ago

      No surprise the Cobra F7 did so well as I have the F6 16 – 19 loft and it’s a ton of fun to hit off the tee! It goes a long way and the dispersion is tighter than anything I have tried. I was born a hooker and my miss when I over swing is a snap. The F6 at the 16 degree loft is straighter with plenty of distance and occasionally, I hit a fade with it! I’m mean seriously this is weird stuff for an old hooker. I bought this hybrid after gaming the F6 driver and I have enjoyed it ever since. I do wish the head (foot print) was a bit larger and that’s because I’m an old hacker who can’t see that small head from 6 foot down. lol As for off the deck I do better with my old Callaway Razr X 18 degree hybrid. Big foot print with more loft and me being a sweeper/picker makes the Cally easier to hit.

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      John Krug

      7 years ago

      I would like to see a test to determine which hybrid is best to substitute for a 3 wood. The only hybrids that appear to have a loft around 16 degrees are Cobra F7 and Srixon. With a shorter shaft a hybrid is easier to hit off the ground and goes suffiently far to substitute for a 3 wood.

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      xjohnx

      7 years ago

      Though overall distance will be a product of several variables one thing that is key to more distance is ball speed. You can at least take the fact that the Srixon provided more ball speed on average. If all other things are basically equal, that club will go a little farther. Again, it’s not REALLY this easy but, it’s a good place to start.

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      Gordon

      7 years ago

      I replaced my 3 wood, with the Cobra F6 Baffler (which is a 4-5 wood or 3-4 hybrid based on lofts), I have it set at 16.5*.
      My issue with the 3 wood was always picking it, topping. With the rails on the cobras, I can swing down and confidently make solid contact. I also use it off the tee quite often to get into a good rhythm. Long and Straight, frames the ball beautifully at address.
      If you can find an F6 Baffler, give it a shot, or I’d recommend the F7 listed above.
      Shaft length is about the same on both the current 3-4 hybrid, and the Baffler.

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      Gordon

      7 years ago

      I wanted to add, in fairness, I have not hit the Srixon to compare. But I replaced a Ping G 3 wood w that Baffler. It has helped my game.

      dcorun

      6 years ago

      Try the F6 or F7 2/3 hybrid. I play the F6 and you can read my review I posted. I also play the F6 3/4 FW and it is the easiest FW to hit off the fairway I can remember. Not bad off the tee either. The F7 has the rails but, I have no problem getting the F6 FW in the air. It also has an adjustable weight to give a penetrating flight or a higher, more carry flight.

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      Luke Schroeder

      6 years ago

      I have the King F7 dialed all the way to the longest 3 setting. Has replaced a 3 wood. For my shorter shots I have a Taylormade Burner white on white. It has much more of a draw bias and more loft. The F7 is a low penetrating shot.

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      Jas

      7 years ago

      As alwaz I`m afraid of the hook. I`d like 2 no which hybrid was the easiest 2 fade?

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      Andrew

      7 years ago

      Great showing for Wilson Staff here, and when you consider price, even better. Plus you can buy used for $60-$100. It would be nice to have a brief write-up on the clubs though, like even just some pros/cons would be helpful. As usual though, data are king- well done, MGS!

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      Willis Yap

      7 years ago

      I only use fairway woods, 3, 5, 7 and 9 as I love the high launch and soft landings. However, flighting them to a lower trajectory is a challenge as trade winds here in Hawaii sometimes can average 12-15 miles an hour. Have you compared trajectories of hybrids to fairway woods?

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      Peter

      7 years ago

      Interesting information. What actually stands out with the Cobra F7 is that it spins the most and has the highest apex and steepest descent.
      Clearly this creates slightly less distance but the most importance quality is accuracy. All Cobra products are as good as the brand leaders at a lower price point.

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      Bill

      7 years ago

      Solid test for off the rack products, but like every comment I’ve made on these articles, just get fitted. People often complain to me, “oh I can’t hit hybrids because I hook them all the time or the ball balloons on me.” I say, “let me have a look.” Almost always, even if they are playing an X flex shaft like they should be, the shaft weighs 75-80 grams when it should weigh north of 100 grams. Simple fact is that people need to get fitted and off the rack just isn’t enough to really improve your game.

      I’m playing an 18* Adams IDEA Pro Black 9031 with an Aldila RIP Alpha 108g TX 39.5″ shaft. Old hybrid? Sure, by most people’s standards on this website it’s ancient hahaha…but guess what? When you can consistently hit a ball off the tee at least 250 yards in the short grass…why bother changing? I was fitted for it properly and it’s easily the club I have the most confidence with. I’ll use it until I cave the face in or find it’s too much club for me. Excellent data from MGS, but do yourself a favor and get fitted.

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      David W

      7 years ago

      Exactly. My hybrid isn’t extremely old (21° X2 Hot) but I was custom fit for a Matrix Radix S7, 1/2 inch short, with some lead tape on the back of the sole for swing weighting. Very confident in the club.

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      LAbillyboy

      7 years ago

      I have the same IDEA Pro Black with a Diamana in it… had it so long I don’t even remember the weight off hand but it’s over 90… still haven’t found one I hit better.

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      Ben

      7 years ago

      Hi MGS,

      Thank you for this work. I was thinking last week how much I was hoping MGS would come out with a hybrid test for 2017. I was wondering if you had any further insight for someone looking primarily to hit the hybrid off the tee instead of the fairway. I have plenty of distance but I’m looking for a “safety” club with the most amount of forgiveness. Currently gaming a Titleist 910H but from the looks of it the F7 was the most forgiving? Thanks!

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      Scotty

      7 years ago

      AND compare it to ‘driving irons’.

      I recently dropped my F7 hybrid for the King Utility because I find the latter more accurate, but rarely use either off the deck.

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      McaseyM

      7 years ago

      Bagging the F7, took its maiden voyage to the range last night, so easy to hit and hard to slice. Can’t wait to throw the KBS hybrid shaft in and give it a go

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      Clay

      7 years ago

      Hybrids are very personal and how you hit them determines a lot about which ones will fit you. Do you sweep it like a wood or hit down like an iron?

      For me I hook most hybrids hard, but the Callaway Apex is money. If these were separated into GI and better player the Apex would be #1 for the better player I imagine, maybe #2 to the smaller Titleist.

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      Kenny B

      7 years ago

      I agree. Very personal!! I tried the Ping G at Ping HQ in February and the Cobra at a local demo day, and neither one was a good fit for me. But at that same demo day, I tried the Wilson Staff D300 and bought 2 of them; best hybrids I have ever had, and they replaced the TaylorMade RBZ hybrids which I thought were the best before them.

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      Vern

      7 years ago

      I had always played Adams hybrids until this year and I bought Tour
      Edge Exotics ex9 and I love them. They are so long it is unbelievable. I am so glad I decided to give them a try as I bought them one at a time. They are my favorite clubs in my bag.

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      Well what da you know

      7 years ago

      I do 1000s upon 1000s of fitting every year from diver to putter to entire bags of some very good players. As Tony Covey pointed out you take an OEM 75-85 gram shaft- which likely is considered a custom in line shaft and it will perform magnificently. Look at the chart closely, look at number 1, look at number 10, look at the bottom…we are not talking much of a difference at all. And unless you make a living from playing golf- its differences are almost meaningless. Its great to look at the data that MGS has allowed, but don’t get consumed with it.

      Look, sound and feel often is the deciding factor(s) of 1000s of low and mid handicap golfers will buy a hybrid. The lower handicapper generally will buy it for a particular distance they lack or need, a much higher handicap with slower club head speed may buy it because of launch….Those should be your criteria after hitting a few. Hybrids are a fun club to hit, they provide the perfect blend of launch and distance. For someone to think a Callaway epic hybrid or a PXG or an XXIO is going to out perform in strokes gained than some of these others, well I hope the kool-aid taste good. Because you are guzzling it, your friends think you are kooky. Just because it costs more or has a fancy paint job doesn’t mean its better.

      Look, sound and feel….

      Keep up the good work MGS and Tony

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      Jeff

      7 years ago

      I agree with the above. Of all the full swing clubs in the bag, I feel that hybrid is the most individual in terms of role and preference. The lower handicap player uses it in a much different way than a high handicapper does.

      I understand the pros are playing very long courses, but it seems many are opting for a 5w over a hybrid at some courses. Personally, I’d like to see a comparison of those in distance, accuracy, and stopping power and a better explanation why one may be better over the other. Seems like no one buys anything past a 3w anymore.

      As always, great work!

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      Ferdivedaasje

      7 years ago

      Well written comments. I choose my old Mizuno MP titanium 5 wood or my 2 iron over a hybrid. I find it easier to control the ballflight then with the hybrids I had. Depending on the course and conditions In switch them in and out. I struggle with hybrids, maybe be

      dang3rtown

      7 years ago

      Good stuff! Would you agree that this data could potentially aid a club fitter though? For example, knowing the Cobra launches high with a lot of (relative) spin compared to the Ping, you could use that as a jumping off point and fine tune the club to the player after that.

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      Butch Sides

      7 years ago

      I agree with the Cobra F7 being really good. I have had the 4/5 F7 hybrid for about a month and I can say that it is the best money that I have spent on a club in years.It is great for coming out of the rought thanks to the rails ,but it is also good from the tee and fairway.First hybrid I have hit with any confidence.

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      Glen Johnson

      7 years ago

      Cobra been underrated for yrs

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      Jim

      7 years ago

      Bought new hybrids earlier this year. The finalists were Ping G and the Tour Edge EX 10. Tour Edge EX10 has better sound, feel, feedback, comparable distance and is easier to shape.
      I understand your reasons for not including Tour Edge in your testing. It begs the question: how does the little guy, with superior product(s), make any sustained progress in this business without the benefit of free publicity being given to the bigs guys (who don’t need it)? BTW, are “SMT 455F” and “AirForceOne N7” bigger players than Tour Edge? Don’t know either of them.

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      Tony Covey

      7 years ago

      The difference is that AFO and SMT were eager to participate in our tests. We’re more than happy to include Tour Edge products, however, the company has declined to participate in any test since 2015 – after its irons finished at the bottom of our GI test.

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      Jim

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the illumination. Tour Edge seems foolish to me for declining to participate. They need all the exposure they can get. They’re shooting themselves in the foot.

      JasonW

      7 years ago

      Agree with Jim re Tour Edge. They are hard to beat in woods and hybrids. I an an absolute golf go but just havn’t bothered with looking at anything other than TEEs in this category for past 6 years. Shame they choose not to compete.

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      Ryebread

      7 years ago

      I would agree with these statements. I’ve owned multiple Tour Edge drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and wedges. I’ve hit the irons, and, well when I read that 2015 iron test Tony referenced, I wasn’t so surprised at the results.

      It is really a shame about them declining this test and the FW test. They’re known for FWs and would have finished well in that test, but I actually believe that the hybrids are the best thing they make. I think they’d have scored a top 3 finish.

      As for the results, I would agree with the winner (having hit many of these). Horses for courses as another popular tester likes to say, but it is the one that fits my swing the best.

      I do miss the editorial comments that went with the data. It made these articles more entertaining to read. I’m not alone in that thought as I have had this conversation “in real life” with other long time readers.

      Keep up the good work!

      Chuck Zirkle

      7 years ago

      Interesting comparisons. Am sticking with my two hybrids which I was fitted for by a Titleist fitter. 816h1 17* Aldila Black Rogue S and 816h1 21* Fujikura Tour Speeder 8.8, I like their distance and degree of accuracy for my game.

      I am assuming that they all had the same shaft and loft for an equal comparison.

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      Kevin

      7 years ago

      Really glad to see this test. I’ve played Cobra Baffler XL 4, 5 & 6 hybrids for the past 3 years. For me, they’re easier to hit and more forgiving than normal long irons. The rails really help me strike the ball more cleanly. They’ve made a significant difference in my game. My confidence is up and my scores are down. My next set of clubs will definitely include hybrids. Thanks MGS.

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      Pete S.

      7 years ago

      Tony,
      What would you say is the best way to go about finding the best hybrid for you when in the market for a new one? I currently have a TM 17degree that is due to be upgraded.

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      Tony Covey

      7 years ago

      I think you need to start with the goal in mind. Am I using this primarily off the tee or am I trying to hit a target distance.

      Assuming it’s the latter, I would recommend the hybrid that hits that distance with the most consistency while minimizing left/right dispersion. While I’m not aware of any launch monitor that does something akin to a strokes gained calculation, dispersion ellipses are probably the best indicator. You want the smallest ellipse centered on or near your target distance.

      I think it’s also important to consider the courses you play. What are the consequences of being long and short of the target? Where does that leave me? If long and short leave you clean lies, you have more flexibility than in a situation where long and short leave you in the rough, in a bunker, or taking a drop.

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      Alex

      7 years ago

      Agreed with having a goal. I had the RBZ stage 2 tour. Now as an 18 handicap you would say I should have likely never bought this club in the first place, which is probably true. But I got a great deal on the club and wanted to try something with a heavier shaft. It hit the ball a country mile. Problem was it went almost as far as my driver, so sometimes in attempts to lay up I still hit it into trouble. Also once it started left or right, it kept going left or right, there was no holding the line. Now this might have a place in your bag depending on your goals. However this year I switched to the Titleist 816 H2. Sure it probably averages 15 yards shorter (also have a higher launching shaft on it), but it is way more forgiving. Hooks have turned into draws and slices into fades. Never before has switching one club in my bag has made such a positive impact on my game. It does exactly what I need by providing a safe alternative on tight holes. Much rather 215 into the fairway than 250 into the woods…

      Pete S

      7 years ago

      Good points and thanks for responding. I mostly use the 17 degree (2H) off the tee but recently bought a new set of irons that are only 4-PW. I still have my old 3 iron from my previous set, definitely time to get rid of that I think.

      Eamonn Martin

      7 years ago

      been using Cobra for the last three years , and I can say not surprised that Cobra took the number one spot with the F7 hybrid, also using the fly Z Driver and its leaving all the new modals in the dust ,

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      Randy Waddell

      7 years ago

      Quite a few surprises!! Cobra as the top hybrid!!! Callaway and Taylormade way down the list. What about Wilson FG Tour finishing 5th!!! Way to go Wilson!! It’s obvious that Wilson is beginning to turn the corner and hopefully become a golf powerhouse again.

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      xjohnx

      7 years ago

      Cobra has been making some of the best hybrids in the game since the beginning of the club’s existence.

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      Holein8eight

      7 years ago

      Another great test, thank you!

      Why do people always think the club that hits the furthest should be no.1?

      I’d swap 5/10 yards in distance for accuracy any day

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      Tony Covey

      7 years ago

      Conditioning. It’s a distance driven business, and while that’s not always a bad thing, on the golf course, distance without accuracy and consistency is not a particularly good thing. That’s why we love strokes gained as a metric. It does a better job of pulling all the metrics together and gives us a better picture of what performance might look like not just on a golf course, but on the score card.

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      Louis Pounds

      7 years ago

      Couldn’t agree more, loved the F7 hybrid so much I bought the 3wood… absolutely love them both. Thank you MGS!! (And Tony C.)

      Mike

      7 years ago

      Well I wouldn’t give any of the up to date hybrids a swap for my trusted and easy to hit Callaway X Hot hybrids, 3, 4 & 5, I will bet a bottom dollar that if tested against all these new recommended hybrids, most golfers especially seniors and mid to high handicappers will snatch your hand of for these X Hots, and you wont pay any more than 40 to 50 bucks a piece

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      Tom54

      7 years ago

      Oh man, the Callaway X Hot 20 degree hybrid was the best hybrid I ever had. Sadly one day at the range, the face caved in and that was that. To their credit, Callaway replaced it with a new X2 Hot. I now have the Apex, which I will vouch for as being really good.

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      xjohnx

      7 years ago

      Tony, Sorry for all the questions but thank you for always providing reliable and logical answers. Love you guys.

      I know these tests are driven by the data but, would you be willing to comment on any influence the rails on the baffler had towards earning the top spot. Did they noticeably contribute or provide any consistency to the data given that would be worth adding?

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      Tony Covey

      7 years ago

      Really tough to say. My personal experience with the modern baffler rail comes from the F6 Baffler. What I find there is that they help tremendously out of the rough, while not interfering with play off the fairway or even tight lies.

      Based purely on my opinion, I think there wasn’t likely much direct impact since we tested exclusively from fairway lies.

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      xjohnx

      7 years ago

      Thanks again Tony. I may have to try the F7 since it’s been on my radar already. Still might be tough to kick the 08 Bafller Pro out of the bag though!

      Perry

      7 years ago

      Without these all have the same shaft, weight, and length, this is a really awkward comparison. I like that accuracy is the priority, that’s why I have a Modus 105 shaft in my hybrid.

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      Tony Covey

      7 years ago

      So then I guess it’s reasonable to assume that when you go into a golf shop you only hit clubs with the same shaft and the same lie angle? Makes for quick trips, I’m sure.

      In the real world, OEM lie angles are all over the map, and the same shaft comparison, in addition to being impractical, is largely irrelevant. There’s next to zero overlap with hybrid shafts between OEMs, and the hybrid is the least custom ordered metalwood in the bag.

      Overwhelmingly people buy hybrids with the stock configuration, which is exactly how we test them.

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      Rob

      7 years ago

      I’ve tried quite a few hybrids and didn’t care for any of them. Then I hit the Ping G Crossover (2016 black model) and loved that club. I now have the 3 and 4 iron versions and they are the easiest to hit, most consistent clubs in my bag. My tendency was to swing the hybrids like a fairway wood but with the Crossovers, I swing them like an iron and the results are exactly what I needed. YMMV :-)

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      Raf

      7 years ago

      Titleist 816 H2 was the longest of all, and more accurate then Ping & Srixon… why ranked 4th?

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      Tony Covey

      7 years ago

      It boils down to strokes gained, which in cases like this generally comes from consistency of distance. For example, if we’re looking at the average distance metric…

      Two clubs could have similar averages close to 200 yards, but how you achieve that average is important. In a simple example, using a 3 shot sample:

      Club 1 – 199, 200, and 201.
      Club 2 – 196, 203, and 210.

      The average of the 2nd club is 2 yards longer, but I think all of us would agree the 1st club is the more reliable performer.

      It’s not so much about average distance as it consistent proximity to that average. The same rules apply with offline averages.

      Take that info, and apply it to a strokes gained methodology where the resulting lie condition (rough vs. fairway vs. green) has a significant impact on the resulting strokes gained value and you can see how clubs can move up or down the rankings in spite of what appears to be a better average for a given metric.

      It’s about getting closer to the pin, holding the green, or at a minimum, keeping misses in the short grass more often.

      It’s definitely a bit of a new approach to evaluating club performance, but we think it’s better reflects on-course realities when compared to hitting balls on an open driving range and just looking at distance and offline numbers.

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      Rekklss

      7 years ago

      Wondering how you compared distance. What did you use to insure the ball was hit in the sweet spot ? I find it difficult to think the distances varied so much on proper contact … sweet spot … swing speed … attack angle … etc. 7 yards difference ? Sorry. Not buying it so far.

      Enzo

      7 years ago

      Nice test. I’m still hitting an Adams Red and it would have been interesting to see how that would have shaped up relative to these newer clubs from a data perspective. I heard the Adams hybrid designers did go over to Callaway, so the Apex numbers might be directionally close.

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      ED

      7 years ago

      WHAT HYBRID WAS USED, 2 3 OR 4

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      Ben Smith

      7 years ago

      Ping does a ton of R&D. They have some of the best equipment around period. So it’s no surprise to see their hybrid get one of the top spots. Odd it’s not first being so much longer than the cobra. I bought one this summer. It’s awesome. I’ve used the tour edge hybrid and it’s good but being so small I’m guessing they’ll either be bought up or go bankrupt unless they go the super cheap route. Idk. It once had the best 3 woods hands down. It’s a shame. MGS being in Illinois can’t even get them to participate but they’re litterally down the street from one another. Lol

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      Adam Beach

      7 years ago

      As stated at the top of the article, “This year we’ve leveraged our Testing Facility in Yorktown, VA to conduct the most comprehensive, unbiased hybrid test in the world.”

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      don

      7 years ago

      I want my hybid to be accurate, easy to hit off the fairway and the rough, fly as far if not further than than its counter part iron, and land softly not roll out very far. Yes the cobra wins by a mile, but the wilson staff would be an easy 2nd and the srixon not even in the top 10. Not sure how you graded this test but this time you weighted the criteria incorrectly. Plus no shots out of the rough?

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      Tim Dotson

      7 years ago

      Surprised not to see the Epic in this lineup, but even more surprised to see the Cobra on top!

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      Drew

      7 years ago

      I have been waiting for a hybrid test for years. Thanks MGS!

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      jimgolf

      7 years ago

      No Epic? No Tour Exotics? No PXG?
      How do you do a test missing what are to be considered the top 3 best hybrids available? I am not saying they are the best 3 but certainly a test missing all of them is odd don’t you think? Did I miss something here?

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      Tony Covey

      7 years ago

      Testing takes months to complete. Epic was not available at the time testing began.

      TourEdge repeatedly declines to participate and its market share is otherwise not sufficient enough to warrant inclusion.

      We continue to look at ways to include PXG. Our test is based on off-the-rack configurations. No such thing exists with PXG. Given that it’s a 100% custom fit brand it doesn’t fit well.

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      Greg C

      7 years ago

      “it’s a 100% custom fit brand that doesn’t fit well” LOL.

      Dave

      6 years ago

      Why the lol think about it. If you understand the fitting process you wouldn’t even ask .

      Dave

      6 years ago

      I should add if you swing 3degrees up right and they supply std loft then you are not going to hit it well. You would not get a true test.

      Minnesota Golfer

      7 years ago

      From the shape and technology, Callaway Epic hybrid resembles Callaway Big Bertha which is included in the test.

      Reply

      Jonny B

      7 years ago

      What loft did you test? I hope the same for each club. And did you measure actual loft to stated loft?

      Reply

      Tony Covey

      7 years ago

      We tested with what each manufacturer designates as its #3 hybrid.

      Reply

      Gary

      7 years ago

      I appreciate the rigorous testing, but Ping and Srixon again? And no Epic Hybrid? Thank you for the test.

      Reply

      dang3rtown

      7 years ago

      Epic was not yet released at the time of testing.

      Reply

      xjohnx

      7 years ago

      How did you account for loft? Especially on the adjustable clubs. Any chance you’d add each club’s tested loft to the chart?

      Reply

      Tony Covey

      7 years ago

      We test everything at the stock loft. Our implementation of the SG methodology for iron and hybrid testing focuses on the average distance. Like irons, hybrids are most often used for hitting a specific distance (tied to the gaps within the rest of your bag) and so most of us carry a hybrid that gets us that distance rather than the one that goes the farthest. Within that context, longer, be it loft driven or shaft length driven is only better, if it produces better average proximity to the hole and better lie conditions when it misses.

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      Joe

      7 years ago

      This info I found in how we tested area (link above):

      MyGolfSpy tested 3-iron hybrids with lofts of 19° in regular and stiff flex. Where some hybrids offered two stock shaft options, preliminary fitting was done to choose the optimal shaft for each tester.

      As adjustability is a key part of many modern hybrid designs, MyGolfSpy does make use of the adjustment capabilities of each club, including loft/face angle, and any movable weight features. We make every reasonable effort to optimize each club for each tester.

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      xjohnx

      7 years ago

      Jeez, I even scrolled back up 3 times before commenting to make sure I didn’t miss that info and look like a fool for asking. I did see that link but it looked like it was just a link to general guidelines on their testing and didn’t realize it was in fact specific to the hybrid test. You got me there, Joe!

      Art

      7 years ago

      Thank you Joe, that was more difficult to find than it should have been.

      xjohnx

      7 years ago

      Really glad to see this wasn’t just a distance contest. Bravo!

      Reply

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