More and more, hybrid golf clubs are replacing the traditional fairway woods for trouble shots and long approach shots. Hybrids came about as a way of replacing long irons, such as 1-irons and 2-irons. Technically they are called hybrids because they are a blending of the long iron and the fairway wood. The end result is a forgiving club that you can hit virtually anywhere for distance or use around the green for touch shots.
Cleveland HiBore XLS
Cleveland has been honing its world-class clubs with the help and insight of the professional golfers that use them. The HiBore XLS hybrid has a compact design and blunt toe that looks natural when setting up your approach. The offset of the clubface and hosel is more like that of an iron, which promotes optimum, square-faced impact with the ball and maximum control of the trajectory and direction. The weighting is low and deep in the clubhead, giving the golfer a higher trajectory ball flight, aligning the sweet spot in the club with the weight for a hotter ball off impact.
TaylorMade Rescue 9 TP
TaylorMade has made quite a name for itself with the popular Burner model drivers and fairway woods. Its Rescue 9 TP takes much of its proprietary long game technology and puts it in the compact design of one of the leading hybrid clubs on the market today. The Rescue 9 TP has a low center of gravity for high, hot ball striking, a low friction clubface that baffles spin. One of the advanced features of the club is the TaylorMade Flight Control Technology, which allows the golfer to change the angle of the club face and the loft degrees.
"Golf Digest" actually has two Callaway hybrids ranked as worthy of gold medal consideration; the Diablo Edge and the FT-IZ. The FT-IZ comes in loft angles ranging from 17 to 26 degrees and a molded construction that helps to eliminate club twisting on contact. The club has a low, wide profile that helps generate greater clubhead speed and impact on the ball. The profile along with the offset make the club incredibly forgiving, and the toe design puts the club under the ball at address. The combining of low center of gravity and clubhead design gets the ball up in the air and prevents thin shots.