Best Hybrid Golf Clubs 2023: Power up your approach play with our top-rated rescues

We tested 2023’s best hybrid golf clubs on a launch monitor to find the standout models that will boost your long-game performance.

Hybrid golf clubs, often referred to as rescue clubs, have been growing in popularity for some years now due to their versatility as a forgiving alternative to long irons. Whether you’re on the fairway or in the rough, hybrids can help deliver the distance and height needed to knock off the yards, get you closer to greens and pins, and shoot lower scores.

Best At A Glance

Best hybrid golf club for distance: TaylorMade Stealth 2 | BUY NOW – UK | BUY NOW – US

Best hybrid golf club for forgiveness: Ping G430 | BUY NOW – UK | BUY NOW – US

Best hybrid golf club for adjustability: Callaway Paradym | BUY NOW – UK | BUY NOW – US

Best hybrid golf club for value for money: Mizuno JPX Fli-Hi | BUY NOW – UK | BUY NOW – US

Seasoned pros and newcomers alike can benefit from the versatility on offer from the best rescue clubs and our data-backed shortlist from 2023 is a great place to start. Being at least a year into their product cycle means you may be able to bag yourself a bargain too!

Visit TG’s most up-to-date best hybrid page to see which of the latest models made it into our Top Gear 2024.

Best Golf Hybrids 2024

The cheapest of our best golf hybrids excels for accuracy and dispersion

More so than ever hybrids and fairway woods are staying in golfer’s bags for longer. Once we find a model we like and are comfortable with it from distance they tend to stick around and we don’t consider changing for some time. Based on our test results, whether you use them to replace a 3-iron or 7-iron, we reckon the Fli-Hi’s friendly wide, confidence-inspiring heads are highly likely to become a firm favorite in your bag.
We can’t say the model was our fastest or longest – data was actually spot on our test averages for launch, spin, shot height, and descent angle – but Fli-Hi excelled in accuracy, and dispersion, key areas for amateurs. Hitting shots into just a 15.2 yds left to the right window, meant our test pro didn’t miss our target green set at a 240-yard distance. With just 9 yards difference between on and off-center hits the model also racked up the third smallest shot area of our entire hybrid test. Extremely impressive considering the £150 price tag.

Throw in a whole host of shaft options that cater to any speed of player and you’ve got a brilliant hybrid that can be dialed in to replace harder-to-hit clubs from the top to the middle of your bag.


  • In the current climate, the JPX Fli-Hi is very good value for money
  • There are plenty of shaft options to tailor the performance to your own game
  • Lots of lofts mean you can even replace your 7-iron with a hybrid


  • There’s no adjustable hosel, so any fine-tuning needs to be done by a fitter and the Mizuno factory
Lofts: 4H -20° / 5H – 23° / 6H – 26° / 7H – 29°
Stock shaft: Choose from 20 premium options

A great-looking model, Stealth 2 is the longest-carrying hybrid of 2023

Best for distance

Rrp: $249.99

Price: $219.99
We’re not entirely sure how TaylorMade do it but year after year the brand’s fairway woods and hybrids are frequently at the top of our test data charts for carry distance. Of course, buying a hybrid should never come down to just the most powerful models, you need to fill yardage gaps in your game, and never want a hybrid flying the same distance as a fairway wood. But at 232 yards the Stealth 2, by three yards, was our longest-carrying hybrid of 2023.

As has been the case for several years with TaylorMade hybrids this is a great-looking mid-width body model, and thanks to a new carbon fiber crown golfers can expect a fraction more forgiveness than previous models. With three Stealth 2 hybrids available though it’s really important to select the model that best suits your game.

This Stealth 2 model is a flat-out distance machine, it’s for golfers who sweep hybrids off the deck like a fairway wood. Where the narrower body Stealth 2 Plus, which produced 2mph faster ball speeds (at 146mph it was our fastest hybrid), but 600 RPM more spin, flies a fraction higher and descends onto the green much more like an iron. The model that should be pinging the radar of lots of club golfers though is the new Stealth 2 HD. Our data shows it launches and flies higher, and spins more (800 RPM more) than both the standard and Plus model, traits that will help average-speed golfers keep shots in the air for longer to maximize distance, and help stop shots once they hit the green. 
Read our full TaylorMade Stealth 2 hybrid review 


  • You’ll struggle to find a more powerful hybrid
  • Three different Stealth 2 hybrids mean you can dial in the ball flight and forgiveness level you desire
  • A brilliant option for golfers who sweep hybrid shots off the fairway and don’t engage the turf


  • There’s no adjustable hosel to allow for fine-tuning
Lofts: 3H – 17° / 4H – 22° / 5H – 25° / 6H – 28° / 7H – 31°
Stock shaft: Fujikura Ventus Red

G430 is adjustable, fast, long, and boasts a friendly shape

Ping are just about the only brand who’ve stuck to their guns and always insisted on putting adjustable hosels in their hybrids, it’s a decision that offers additional flexibility and versatility. Ping refer to their hybrids as ‘Gap Fillers’ and their adjustable hosel with +/- 1.5º of loft flexibility helps golfers get the exact set-up to cover off good distance gaps in their own game. That isn’t an option with fixed hosel models.

Apart from the really attractive and friendly mid-width head shape we also like how golfers get six different shaft options, this model can suit a very wide audience of different player types. Apart from posting our 2nd fastest ball speed (145.1mph) the G430 at 226 yards was our 4th longest hybrid this year. At nearly £300 a pop they’re not cheap, but irrespective of speed if you’re intent on sorting the top end of your bag this year, the G430 will definitely help.

Read our full Ping G430 hybrid review 


  • An adjustable hosel lets you dial in loft and lie
  • The High Launch model is brilliant for slower-speed players
  • A lovely neutral shape is confidence-inspiring at address


  • It’s not really a drawback but thanks to the multitude of shaft, loft and adjustable hosel options you’ll need a fitting to find your best set-up
Lofts: 2H – 17° / 3H – 19°  / 4H – 22° / 5H – 26° / 6H – 30° / 7H – 34°
Stock shaft: Ping Alta Quick, Ping Alta Black, Ping Tour 2.0 Chrome

Paradym is one of the easiest to hit and most adjustable hybrids of 2023

Having struggled to love Callaway hybrids and their square-toe designs for some time, we’re delighted to say the brand have reverted to more fairway wood-shaped hybrids for 2023. It’s a really simple switch but boy does it make Callaway’s new Paradym hybrids much more attractive.

From a slightly weaker 21º model (our test loft is 20º), it’s unfair to expect the Paradym to keep up with some of the stronger loft and longer-hitting models, but hybrids are not all about distance. They should be easier to hit consistently than a long iron, and the Paradym utterly fulfills that brief.

If like us you’re impressed enough to explore the Paradym, make sure you have a fitter to help you figure out your best set-up. The X head is wider and spins a fraction more, which will be useful at lesser speeds. There’s also an adjustable hosel to dial the loft up or down and a draw setting that’s well worth considering.

Taking all of that into consideration, and with a wide selection of lofts to choose from, we’d genuinely be asking ourselves honestly this year which is the longest iron we hit with confidence? No matter whether that be a 6 or 7-iron there’s a Paradym hybrid waiting to replace everything else.  

Read our full Callaway Paradym hybrid review


  • The best-shaped hybrid Callaway have made for years
  • The adjustable hosel allows you to encourage a draw bias
  • The Aldila Ascent shaft makes the model easier to launch at lesser speeds


  • If you’re buying more than one they become costly
Lofts: 18° / 21° / 24° / 27°
Stack shaft: Aldila Ascent PL Blue, Project X HZRDUS Silver

Aerojet is fast, long, and a confidence-inspiring hybrid with a superb shaft as standard

Best for slower swing speeds

Rrp: $198.95

Price: $158.95
We sat through a two-hour presentation learning about the PWR-Bridge technology in Cobra’s new Aerojet woods and irons at the back end of 2022 and we’re now glad we did. After hitting all the companies’ 2023 products we understand (and have the data to show) the benefits front weighting (PWR-Bridge) brings to the party.

From a loft two degrees weaker than our fastest and longest golf hybrid the Aerojet produced 1.6 mph more ball speed and 5.5 yards more carry distance than our test average, which is seriously impressive. It’s also a beautiful-looking shape, that made us feel we could rifle it through rough, hit it from a tee, play it from short grass or even clip it off the top of the sand in a fairway bunker.

The icing on the cake though is the KBS PGI (Players’ Graphite Iron) shaft that comes as standard. It’s a consistent, reliable, and stable shaft. As long as you have reasonable levels of speed you won’t need additional help flighting shots higher to maximize distance, making this a cracking hybrid option.


  • The KBS PGI shaft ensures the model is stable in the hands of decent players
  • Cobra’s PWR-Bridge tech produces some very fast ball speeds
  • A versatile hybrid option that will be equally effective from sand, rough, fairway, and tee


  • There’s easier to flight hybrids for very moderate-speed players
Lofts: 2H – 17° / 3H – 19° / 4H – 21° / 5H – 24° / 6H – 28°
Stock shaft: KBS PGI

The halo golf hybrid is easy to launch and an ideal option for average-speed players

Best for high handicappers
The Launcher was a Today’s Golfer award winner last year thanks to being an easy-to-use and friendly hybrid for average club golfers. Our thinking hasn’t changed in 2023. We like the lightweight and lively feel of the Cypher shaft, the railed sole that helps cut through gnarly lies, and the oversized head which is reassuring at address.

From a 18º model (2º stronger than our test loft), the Halo spun and flighted shots higher than our test average (shots also hit the green bang on the test average). This data spells out how easily the model will launch in the hands of everyday golfers and how quickly the ball will stop on greens when compared with a long iron.

A brilliant hybrid for average-speed players that aren’t too fussed about optimizing their equipment through a fitting.

Read our full Cleveland Launcher XL Halo hybrid review 


  • The wide body is super forgiving no matter where shots impact the face
  • The lightweight and lively Cypher shaft is great at flighting shots regardless of speed
  • A good choice for average-speed players that don’t want to get fitted


  • Very difficult to fault when in the hands of average club golfers
Lofts: 3H – 18° / 4H – 21° / 5H – 24°
Stock shaft: Project X Cypher

A compact and simple-looking players' hybrid that produced consistent numbers

Best players' hybrid
Price: $249.99
Srixon are a players’ brand, which is why the ZX hybrid head is compact, and its matt black crown only has a very subtle alignment aid. If you’re not one for the razzmatazz of shiny carbon fiber crowns and intrusive graphics then this is a cracking model for you.

At 226 yards the model was our joint 4th-longest hybrid, and it tied 3rd best for protecting ball speed between on-and-off center hits. Despite its lack of size, it will be reasonably forgiving on the golf course.

There are a lot of great hybrids on the market this year and the ZX’s increased price puts it right along the TaylorMade Stealth 2. Therefore we reckon you’ll need to be a Srixon fan to warrant buying one in this year.


  • We love the cracking little head shape
  • A great blend of decent power and forgiveness so long as you have speed to launch shots high enough to maximize carry distance. A players’ hybrid
  • Expect a very crisp impact sound


  • With so many good hybrids on the market you’ll probably need to be a Srixon to buy one
Lofts: 2H – 17° / 3H – 19° / 4H – 22° / 5H – 25° / 6H – 28°
Stock shaft: Project X Hzrdus Smoke Red

949x is the best golf hybrid for low dispersion and carry distance drop off

Best for accuracy
Sub 70 are a growing brand. Before 2023 we’d only ever tested their irons and wedges, but they submitted a 949X hybrid and fairway wood for assessment this year and we’re really glad they did. The 949X is a very viable option for the top end of reasonable-speed golfers’ bags, and it’s one of the year’s lower-priced drivers.

We like the compact head shape and it gives a solid impact sound and feel. The carbon crown frees up inefficient weight, which helped the model hit shots into our smallest dispersion area (105 sq yds), and produce our smallest carry distance drop-off (5 yards) between on and off-center hits. A seriously impressive result.

The brand sell directly from their website, or you can make a trip to their Hereford HQ for a fitting.


  • Priced very attractively
  • Our test highlighted good accuracy, but this can change on different test days
  • The compact head will suit the eye of above-average golfers


  • You predominantly need to buy online, so they are hard to try before you buy
Lofts: 3H – 18° / 4H – 21° / 5H – 24° / 6H – 27°
Stock shaft: Project X Graphite

TSR1 is a high-launching and confidence-inspiring hybrid for moderate swing speeds

Titleist revealed the new TSR1 family and TSR2 and TSR3 hybrids just as our testing sessions were taking place, so samples weren’t available. However, we have hit them since and we wouldn’t be doing our job properly if we didn’t highlight the benefits of the new, more fairway wood like TSR 1.

It’s taken an age, but Titleist are now catering to very moderate-speed players. If you fit that profile the TSR1 has a confidence-inspiring wide-body appearance, and it will launch higher and spin shots more to keep the ball in the air for longer at lower speeds.

They’re not cheap, so it’s likely you’ll need to be a Titleist fan to buy it, but those who do will have a really easy-to-launch hybrid in their bag.

Read our full Titleist TSR1 hybrid review


  • The wide body is a very strong option for moderate-speed players
  • Great for landing shots softly on the green so the ball stops quickly
  • Longer shafts help boost club speed and launch


  • At this price and with so much adjustability ensure you get properly fitted to dial in the correct set-up
Lofts: 4H – 20° / 5H – 23° / 6H – 26° / 7H – 29°

A low-priced hybrid from a premium brand with impressive shaft options

Best for look at address

Rrp: $149.00

Price: $139.99
It’s probably a very long way from billionaire owner Bob Parsons original ‘premium brand’ business plan, but PXG are making some superb ‘affordable’ golf equipment right now.

Having established themselves as a premium iron company, PXG are now actively seeking out a decent-sized chunk of the millions of dollars spent by golf’s mass market.

And if you’re looking for a reasonably priced hybrid in 2023, then the PXG 0211 has to be on your radar.

Not our fastest, longest, or most forgiving, the 0211’s numbers stuck stubbornly around average across the board (223 yards carry distance). However, an array of no-upcharge shafts make this mid-narrow width hybrid a very solid option, no matter what your speed or ability.

Read our full PXG 0211 hybrid review


  • Incredibly keenly priced
  • Some good shaft options to tailor the club to your delivery and speed
  • The mid-narrow head profile will appeal to a big audience of golfers


  • Keep your eye on PXG’s website, prices are prone to fluctuate and fall
Lofts: 3H – 19° / 4H – 22° / 5H – 25° / 6H – 28°
Stock shaft: Project X Cypher

Best Golf Hybrids 2023: The test data

TaylorMade Stealth 219º144mph11.1º3,056rpm28yds37.4º6mph/4.6%13yds/5.6%470.2yds sq232yds (1st)
TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus19.5º146mph (1st)10º3,673rpm29yds39.3º3.1mph/2.1% (3rd)9yds/3.9%372.6yds sq229yds (2nd)
Mizuno STZ-23019º144.9mph10.1º3,349rpm27yds37.6º5.1mph/3.5%10yds/4.4%332yds sq229yds (2nd)
Ping G43019º145.1mph (2nd)9.1º3,573rpm25yds36.6º5.7mph/3.9%15yds/6.6%730.5yds sq 226yds
Srixon ZX MK II19º143mph10.7º3,528rpm28yds38.9º3.1mph/2.2%14yds/6.2%562.8yds sq226yds
Cobra Aerojet21º142.7mph11.4º3,579rpm30yds40.3º6.1mph/4.3%13yds/5.8%486.2yds sq225yds
Callaway Paradym X21º145mph (3rd)10.6º4,069rpm30yds41.1º3.9mph/2.7%16yds/7.1%656yds sq224yds
TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD20º143.7mph11.4º3,872rpm31yds41.5º3.9/2.7%12yds/5.4%230.4yds sq224yds
Wilson Dynapower19º142.2mph10.2º3,231rpm26yds36.5º7mph/4.9%19yds/8.5%811.3yds sq224yds
Cleveland Launch XL Halo18º143.4mph10.4º3,814rpm29yds39.5º6.5mph/4.5%18yds/8%437.4yds sq224yds
PXG 021119º141.6mph10.3º3,373rpm26yds37.1º7.1mph/5%17yds/7.6%499.8yds sq223yds
Callaway Paradym21º143.6mph11.2º3,947rpm31yds41.3º6.5mph/4.5%20yds/9%810yds sq223yds
Ram FX19º141.9mph10.6º3,758rpm28yds39.3º2.5mph/1.8% (2nd)10yds/4.5%451yds sq221yds
Yonex Ezone GS i-Tech19º138.6mph11.6º3,081rpm27yds36.8º7.3mph/5.3%16yds/7.3%672yds sq220yds
Vega Alkaid#3140.3mph10.9º3,683rpm28yds39.2º5.8mph/4.1%6yds/2.7% (2nd)156.6yds sq219yds
Cobra King Tec19º137.9mph13.7º3,548rpm33yds42.4º7.7mph/5.6%16yds/7.3%273.6yds sq218yds
Sub 70 949 X19º141.1mph11.3º3,907rpm30yds40.8º5.7mph/4%5yds/2.3% (1st)105yds sq (1st)218yds
Wilson Launch Pad19º138mph11.8º3,338rpm27yds38º6.9mph/5%20yds/9.3%714yds sq216yds
Mizuno JPX Fli-Hi19º139mph139mph11º3,866rpm39.6º3.3mph/2.4%9yds/4.2%136.8yds sq215yds
Yonex Ezone Elite 419º142mph142mph10.1º4,552rpm41º1.7mph/1.2% (1st)18yds/8.4%552.6yds sq214yds
Cobra Aerojet One Length19º136.1mph136.1mph10.8º3,195rpm35.7º5.3mph/3.9%11yds/5.2%327.8yds sq213yds
Rife RX719º133mph133mph14.3º5,574rpm46.2º5.4mph/4.1%6yds/3.1% (3rd)112.8yds sq (2nd)193yds
MacGregor V-Foil Speed19º132.6mph132.6mph12.1º5,654rpm43.5º4mph/3%11yds/5.7%162.8yds sq192yds
AVERAGE141.1mph11.1º3,792rpm28.6yds39.5º5.2mph13.2yds432.6yds sq219.5yds

How we tested the best hybrid golf clubs 2023

We invited all of the major equipment manufacturers to submit their entire 2023 ranges for testing and created a controlled environment indoors at Keele Golf Centre and used a premium tour-level golf ball (Srixon Z-Star).

Using a Foresight GC Quad launch monitor, we collected a ton of data from every shot hit. Some sample delays meant several test sessions were pushed back to the final week of January to ensure none of the latest product launches escaped our test team.

We always test the same category of products on the same day to ensure all conditions and our test team’s swings are the same throughout.

Srixon Z-Star 2023 golf ball.

Why did we use a Srixon Z-Star golf ball?

It would be easy to use just one test golf ball brand every year, but that inevitably leads to criticism for being too closely aligned to one manufacturer, especially if that brand’s equipment performs particularly well. To ensure fairness we like to switch manufacturers for the Top Gear test ball each year. For 2023 we’ve used the Srizon Z-Star.

The brand have just revealed their eighth-generation model, and Srixon General Manager Brian Schielke says “finding the right ball for your game is just as important as finding the right irons or driver, it’s the one piece of equipment you use on every single shot”.

Thanks to the previous Z-Star mopping up 31 wins across all tour global tours last year (that’s 15.5% of the wins available) we know the model is trusted by the world’s very best.

Neil Wain is Today's Golfer's test pro.

Why do we use a pro tester?

Speak to any golf club engineer about product testing and they all talk about needing a repeatable, reliable strike to offer any sort of valuable comparison. So, whilst we accept not all of the equipment included within our tests was designed for our test pro, what our data shows is a great comparison of how clubs in each particular category differ, which is hugely valuable in helping you narrow your choice as a consumer.

Not only is Neil Wain the perfect club tester because he loves hitting golf balls all day, but he is consistent in delivering accurate and reliable comparative data.

We would of course always recommend attending a proper fitting session, to ensure any purchase is tailored to your game. 

See more about how TG tests golf clubs and other equipment.

Best Golf Hybrids: Buying Guide

How to choose the best golf hybrid for you

The minefield of which golf clubs to choose is often enough to get the better of any golfer, knowing what the best clubs on the market are, knowing what suits your game, and what best fits your bag and set up the best, all questions you should be asking before buying a new club.

With hybrids, it’s not always easy to get a full-fitting swapping in and out of shafts, as they’re not all adjustable at the head. However, I know we keep saying it but simply getting yourself down to the driving range and trying some out can be good enough. If you can’t secure a fitting most shops and clubs will let you hit a demo or tape up a hybrid for you so you can get an idea of how it feels, the weight of the club, and if the shaft is right for you.


With such a vast choice of hybrids available, there is a good quality club at every price point. As is the case with most equipment these days, golfers have a great selection of premium brands or more value-for-money choices. Whether you’re after a tour spec hybrid at over £200 or want a hybrid for less than £100 to save some money that’s not an issue.


Getting a fitting is key for all golf clubs and if not just hitting the club on the range can be great to answer most of your questions about the new club you’re trying. With hybrids, it’s about versatility on the course to help you lower your scores, a hybrid is a club that can be used in all matters of different situations on the golf course, so trying it in them situations first would be ideal.

To find the right hybrid for you, if you can hit some shots off of the tee, out of the rough, on the fairway, and even around the green, you will gauge if it’s right for your game. Most golf clubs and shops will host a demo day or most of the time if you ask politely you often borrow a club to take out for a round.


You won’t have a clue how the hybrid feels until you’ve hit it, the feel of a golf club is subjective to the golfer, with everyone demanding something slightly different from their clubs. Some hybrids will be heavier more like an iron and have a solid feel off the face and others being more like a wood and feel softer and faster off the face.


Not every hybrid looks the same there is so much variation, some have higher toes, are rounder in shape, have shorter faces, and adjustable heads. You have to like how a club looks behind the ball at address it’s that simple, if you don’t it can be off-putting and distracting which has a negative impact on your game.

Finding a club that suits your eye and suits your bag may seem a weird way to judge a product but confidence is king in golf and if you step onto the course confident in your equipment then that can help improve your game hugely.

Joaquin Niemann plays with a Ping G430 Hybrid

Best Hybrid Golf Clubs: FAQs

What is a hybrid golf club?

In simple terms, a hybrid golf club is a mix of a fairway wood and an iron. They sit at the top of your bag after your woods replacing the longer irons. If you have a 3 or 4 hybrid then you would often take out the 3 or 4 iron to be replaced as the hybrid is easier to hit thanks to the shorter shaft and offset clubhead that leads to straighter shots.

Do I need both a 3 and 4 hybrid?

In terms of your whole bag setup, it may be more beneficial to carry an extra wedge rather than the extra hybrid as the 3 and 4 hybrids are so close in lofts. We’d recommend carrying one or the other, if you don’t have a 5 wood or a 4 iron then a 3 hybrid would work, on the other hand, if you don’t have a 7 wood or a 5 iron then a 4 hybrid would be the better choice.

When should you use a hybrid club?

As they often replace your longer irons this is the time you would usually pick one out of the bag. Hybrids can be hit from most places on the hole, from the fairway, the tee, and the rough. Hitting longer irons can be tough for many golfers and especially beginners so having a club that promotes a more natural sweeping swing helps make a more consistent strike with the ball.

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About the author

Simon Daddow

Simon Daddow – Today’s Golfer Equipment Editor

Having tested and played more than 10,000 clubs in his life, what Simon doesn’t know about golf clubs isn’t worth knowing.

He spent a large part of his career as a golf club maker and product development manager, and has worked in the golf industry for more than 30 years. He joined EMAP Active (now Bauer Media) as Equipment Editor in 2006 and has worked for both Today’s Golfer and Golf World.

You can contact Simon via email and follow him on Twitter for loads more golf equipment insight.

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