NCG 2014 Hybrids Test: The Results

Do yourself a favour and ditch the long irons

It’s time to make life easier for yourself. 

Get the right hybrid or hybrids in your bag and not only can you wave goodbye to those uncompromising long irons, you will also have a bag with consistent distance gaps and a club for every occasion – be it a tight tee shot, a recovery from the rough or a means of hitting the green from 200 yards.

It’s a no-brainer.

The methodology

We conducted the test at Moor Allerton GC in Leeds, where we used their state-of-the-art fitting studio complete with Trackman launch monitor, as well as their outdoor practice facilities. Brands were invited to send in hybrids of several lofts with the option to provide custom-fitted samples if they preferred to do so.

The Testers

James Whitaker 

Handicap: Pro

“I don’t like to see any alignment aids on a hybrid and I need a strong, neutral flight because my bad shot is a hook. I generally lean towards a compact head” 

Pete Chippindale

Handicap: 12

“I carry two hybrids and use them a lot, both from the tee and off the deck. Anything that gives my shots extra zip without effort is definitely a good thing”

Chris Peel

Handicap: 14

“I’ve never had a hybrid before but all my mates do so it’s high time I saw what they can do for me. I’m keen to see how the results compare to my existing long irons”


Adams Pro/Mini/DHY
Wilson Staff D-100
Benross Gold Speed Escape
Callaway X2 Hot

Titleist 913H/H.D

Yonex i-EZONE
MD Golf Superstrong STR10

Ping i25
Cobra Bio Cell
TaylorMade SLDR S
Ping G25
Wilson Staff FG Tour M3
Mizuno JPX EZ
Benross RIP/HOT/MAX Speed 2
Tour Edge Exotic XCG7
Lynx Boom Boom 3
Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Performance/Tour
Cleveland 588
TaylorMade SLDR
Cobra Baffler 

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