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Best Hybrids for Mid Handicappers 2024

The best of the best! We roundup the Best Hybrids for Mid Handicappers 2024

 

For mid-handicap golfers, hybrids are an essential part of the golf bag. They offer the distance and speed of a long iron, combined with the forgiving nature of a fairway wood, making them easier to hit and more reliable, particularly for those challenging long shots.

In this guide, we’re going to explore some of the best hybrid clubs tailored for mid-handicappers. We’ve handpicked models that deliver on forgiveness, distance, and consistency: the TaylorMade Qi10, Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke, Ping G430, Wilson Dynapwr, PXG 0311 Black Ops and Cobra Darkspeed.

These hybrids are designed to help you improve your game and reduce your scores, turning challenging long shots into confident strikes.


Best Hybrids for Mid Handicappers 2024


TaylorMade Qi10 hybrid

5 star review
TaylorMade Qi10: Everything you need to know!

Reviewed by Paul Miller

This club sits beautifully behind the ball. The ‘classic’ head size was to my personal liking, as was the design and the overall look of the club.

Once the club is in your hands, the irresistible urge to take a swing takes over! Personally, I find it more visually enticing than a long iron when positioned behind the ball. I was eager to assess whether it could deliver greater consistency for my 170-175-yard shots.

I was really happy with my numbers, with the ball going pretty straight and, for me, a decent distance when compared with a 4 iron. But more important than the distance was the consistency over the 4 iron. I could also shape the ball left and right without the ball going wildly offline.

The longest shot of 182.6 yards carry was off a tee and so I would need to factor that in when playing into par 3s as opposed to playing an approach shot off the fairway or rough. This is something I had not seriously thought about before and is yet another thing to factor in when playing hybrids. The stats have made me think I seriously need to ditch the long irons in favour of some hybrids.

PROS

  • Consistency
  • Could shape it both left and right
  • Ball went pretty straight

CONS

  • None


More info: Taylormade Website

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Hybrid

5 star review
Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Hybrid Review

Reviewed by Paul Miller

First up, this is a great-looking club! The grey colour with the clear white lines on the face sits great on the eye. The head and sole size are generous, providing confidence before you even hit the ball. Unlike the Driver, there was no smoke effect design on the back of the club, which I actually preferred.

When you have the club in hand, you just want to hit it! 

This is one of three Callaway Paradym Ai hybrid models. It is designed for mid to high-swing speed players who are looking to maximise distance but also tighten their dispersion into the greens.

I was really happy with my numbers, with the ball going pretty straight and, for me, a decent distance. The stats have made me think I seriously need to ditch the long irons in favour of some hybrids. This model does have an adjustable hosel, so you can tweak the lofts to get the gapping right in your bag.

The new Ai Smart Face is definitely an exciting move by Callaway that provides the golfer with more sweet spots and so more consistency. You should seriously consider purchasing this club if, like me, you are in need of tightening up your long game.

PROS

  • Consistency
  • Sits great on the eye
  • Easy to hit off the floor or the tee

CONS

  • None




More information: Callaway Website

Ping G430 Hybrid

4.5 star review
Best Hybrids for High Handicappers

Reviewed by Hannah Holden

I really like the more rounded, fairway wood style shaping Ping have used in this hybrid. As someone who is more of a sweeper of the golf ball this suits my eye perfectly. I also love how clean the crown is and the very subtle dot used in the centre for alignment features.

Hybrids are funny clubs as they are very much gap fillers. I wouldn’t say you want them to go excessive distances as they need to fit a certain slot in your golf bag. Travelling the required distance is very important though.

Ping sent me a 4-hybrid and a 3-hybrid to test, as these are typically the lofts I would put in play

PROS

  • Smaller more refined shaping
  • Fast ball speeds across the face
  • Forgiving on off centre strikes

CONS

  • Not as workable as other models

More info: Ping Website


Wilson Dynapwr Hybrid

4.5 star review
Best Hybrids for High Handicappers

Reviewed by Jack Backhouse

I love the simplicity of the head design, and the matte black head with red accents looks great. Wilson have used their tour players to help design the head, which has produced a flatter profile that makes it really inviting to hit.

If we just start with its looks, the Dynapwr hybrid looks brilliant in your hand and behind the ball. I love that the face is more shallow than before, making it easy to launch, especially from rough lies.

The head is quite big, which not everyone will like, but the mid to high handicapper, who is not necessarily the most consistent ball striker, will be grateful for this. It does give you confidence at address.

My first few strikes with the Wilson Dynapwr hybrid were pretty terrible (user error), but I was pretty pleased with the results. Even with my necky strike, I could still hit a ball that curved to the left and go a reasonable distance, which is great news for the slicers out there.

If you are a golfer that uses a hybrid plenty of times in a round because maybe you lack distance off the tee, this golf club will make a huge difference to your game. It’s as easy to hit as any hybrid I’ve hit, and you be very pleased with the results it produces.

PROS

  • High launching
  • Good out of bad lies
  • Has a giant face that produced good speed from all locations

CONS

  • Not adjustable


More info: Wilson website


PXG 0311 Black Ops Hybrid

5 star review
PXG Black Ops: Everything you need to know!

Reviewed by Hannah Holden

Straight away I had a great feeling about this hybrid. The shape of the head is ideal, with an iron-like square leading edge but a more curved rest of the club head. This is a nice balance between an iron-like hybrid and a more fairway wood shaping.

The performance is brilliant; the carbon crown drags the centre of gravity to make this easier to hit and easier to launch, giving me a great flight that is going to be easy to control into the greens.

The PXG hybrid fitted the gap in my bag so well that it went straight into the bag along with the fairway wood. The Black Ops clubs feel and sound brilliant thanks to their precision weighting technology, it has a great peak height and spin, and goes exactly as far as it needs to. I travelled to America with the hybrid in the bag and used it wonderfully around Cabot Citrus Farms, and it will likely stay in the bag for the rest of the season! It is well worth finding your nearest PXG fitting centre and giving it a go!

PROS

  • Looks brilliant behind the ball
  • Feels really solid
  • Ideal high flight

CONS

  • None

RELATED: Read our full PXG 0311 Black Ops Hybrid review


Cobra Darkspeed Hybrid

5 star review
Cobra DarkSpeed Hybrid Review

Reviewed by Paul Miller

A cool looking hybrid that produces solid results. If you struggle to hit your long irons and looking for consistency for your 4/5 iron distance then this just might be the club for you. It provides clean contact off the ground as well as providing a little extra distance off the tee.

For me, the ball speed was comparable, but no better, to other major brand hybrids. The same goes for the Carry and Total Distance figures. This is fine as a hybrid is in the bag more for filling gaps and hitting specific distances as opposed to max distance. The spin rate of 4600rpm is more than enough to get the ball to land soft and stop on a green.

More importantly, though, my worst shots still went straight, and the overall offline numbers were some of the best I produced on the day. When I wanted the ball to go right, it went right, and likewise, when trying to hit the ball left – hence the dispersion. These numbers definitely are more consistent than how I hit a 4 or 5 iron.

One other thing to note is that my longest shot of 185-yard carry, 200-yard total, was off the tee, and so it is something to bear in mind when judging distances.

PROS

  • Pleasing to the eye at address
  • Sounds lovely off the clubface
  • Consistent results – ie goes pretty straight!
  • Good value compared to other major brands

CONS

  • None

RELATED: Read our full Cobra DarkSpeed hybrid review


Best Hybrids for Mid Handicappers 2024

Choosing the right hybrid club is a game-changing decision for mid-handicap golfers. We’ve explored the unique offerings of some of the best hybrids on the market: the TaylorMade Qi10, Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke, Ping G430, Wilson Dynapwr, PXG 0311 Black Ops and Cobra Darkspeed.

Each of these hybrids is designed to maximize forgiveness, enhance distance, and provide more consistent results, making them ideal choices for mid handicappers. However, remember that the best hybrid for you will be the one that complements your unique swing and game style.

Take your time to assess your options and select a club that not only boosts your confidence but also helps lower your scores. Armed with the right hybrid, the fairway becomes a less intimidating place, and your game is set to reach new heights.


Paul Miller

Paul has been playing golf for around a fourth of a Century, whilst his time on this Earth is rapidly approaching half a Century!
During that time his handicap, on average, has gone down around half a shot a year and is currently at 8.
His general love of Sport included a time studying the Philosophy and Sociology of Sport.
In 2013 he co-authored a book chapter 'The good and bad of youth sport today'.
His passion for youth sport is equally matched in his role heading up the Buyer's Guides for National Club Golfer.
He wants to inform golfers what gear is the best whilst finding all the best golf deals so you can save money.
Since joining the equipment testing team at NCG he has become a hybrid convert and is ready to tell you to ditch the long irons if you want to hit more greens this season!
Paul uses a Cobra DarkSpeed Max driver, Callaway Ai Smoke hybrids, an Odyssey Ai-ONE Putter and a TaylorMade Tour Response golf ball.

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