What are the best hybrid golf clubs in 2022?
The top-performing clubs receive a coveted Today’s Golfer Best of 2022 Award. These are the cream of this year’s offerings and highlight which hybrids will perform for you, golfers, based on data from our launch monitor.
Looking for an older model? Watch our 2021 hybrids test
If you’re in the market for any other new equipment this year, make sure you read our tests and guides to the best drivers, longest drivers, low spin drivers, most forgiving drivers, draw drivers, hybrids, irons, mid-handicap irons, high-handicap irons, wedges and putters. We’d recommend that you use our guides to help narrow your shortlist down before heading to your pro or nearest golf facility and getting fully fitted for your clubs as that’s the only way to optimise new models for your game.
Now let’s dive into the best hybrids to find out which models deserve a place in your golf bag in 2022. Click your favourite clubs name to read more about the model.
Best Golf Hybrids 2022
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Lofts: 2-16° / 3-19° / 4-22° | Stock shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 80
Today’s Golfer test verdict: The ZX was among our top performing hybrid models last year so it’s no shock the model’s turned in a fabulous performance again in 2022.
We’re suckers for cute little fairways and hybrids, the sort that make you smile every time you pull them from the bag. The ZX is one of those clubs.
Its head shape and footprint is cracking. This year our data has the model down as our longest hybrid (226 yards carry), and our consistent pro kept shots within a nice tight dispersion area (third best), with only nine yards of carry distance variation (second best) between his best and worst hits. Seriously impressive.
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Lofts: 19°-3 / 22°-4 / 25°-5 / 28°-6 / 31°-7 | Stock shaft: Fujikura Ventus Red
Today’s Golfer test verdict: Our pro (Neil Wain) fits lots of golfers into new clubs. And a theme he sees running through fairways and hybrids year after year is consistently fast and powerful numbers from TaylorMade.
The Stealth certainly didn’t let its predecessors down; it was our second longest (225 yards carry) of the 22 hybrids tested. Stealth is very much a flat-out speed and distance hybrid, with a mid-width body.
If you’re the type of player who feels hybrids have the tendency to pull left of your target then the narrower Stealth Plus will be much more up your street.
RRP £249 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts: 2-17° / 3-19° / 4-22° / 5-36° / 6-30° / 7-34° | Stock shaft: Ping Alta CB Slate, Ping Tour
Today’s Golfer test verdict: Ping’s G425 family always comes up trumps when talking forgiveness and playability. The G425 might be a year old but it’s staying around for the whole of 2022 and it remains a really solid choice.
Yes, the turbulators of previous generations have disappeared so the brand can build in their new “spinsistency” faces (which normalise spin for shots hit high and low on the face), but our data has the model hitting shots into our smallest dispersion area (163.8 yds2), while also giving our third smallest carry drop off (nine yards), which will make the G425 very easy to live with on the golf course.
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Lofts: 3-18° / 4-21° / 5-24° | Stock shaft: Project X Cypher
Today’s Golfer test verdict: The original idea of hybrids was to replace difficult-to-hit long irons. But over the last 20 years, most brands have turned them into distance clubs, and somehow we’ve lost sight of how hybrids should be easier and more fun to use than long irons. Well, Cleveland’s new Launcher XL redresses that balance.
There isn’t a double-digit handicap club golfer in the land who couldn’t hit the Launcher XL Halo better than their 3, 4 and 5 iron. Yes, the head’s pretty big, but like the Launcher XL’s matching iron it’s not cumbersome or awkward, and actually sits really well.
From an 18° loft (our test loft is 20°) the Launcher delivered our fastest hybrid ball speed, as you’d expect. But thanks to the club’s wider body design, which gives higher spin, more height and a steeper descent angle (so shots will stop quickly on landing) we reckon it’s a brilliant design for average club golfers.
Hybrid Golf Clubs Test 2022: Best of the Rest
RRP £175 | AVAILABLE MARCH 14
Lofts: FY-19.5° / 4-22.5° / 5-25.5° | Stock shafts: KBS Max Ultralite, Project X Evenflow
Today’s Golfer test verdict: Lots of lightweight modern equipment talks about having draw bias built in. But Wilson’s Launch Pad was the only hybrid that turned our pro’s shots into a looping right-to-left ball flight.
That makes the slightly offset Launch Pad a brilliant option for slicers. It has a wide body so it’s a good fit for players who hit hybrids like fairways and sweep shots off the turf.
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Lofts 18° / 21° / 24° / 27° | Stock Shaft Speedtuned Graphite
Today’s Golfer test verdict: Honma are very adept at creating equipment that performs brilliantly in the hands of average speed players, and that’s because a good percentage of Japanese golfers fall within the category.
The GS isn’t for everyone; it has a 55g shaft, which is 25g lighter than most, and often a driver shaft weight. But what average speed players get is a really attractive wide body head that’s not offset in the way a lot of the competition are at this end of the scale.
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Lofts 18° / 20° / 23° | Stock Shaft Mitsubishi Tensei AV White
Today’s Golfer test verdict: Take a look at the hybrid data sheet on our website and you’ll see the Rogue ST Pro was outgunned by its Max and Max OS siblings in terms of raw speed (3.8mph of ball speed) and distance (four yards of carry). But we wanted to highlight the Rogue ST Pro as a lovely hybrid for decent golfers.
We love the slightly narrower head and less offset hosel look and we feel this model would open up a degree of shot shaping for players who enjoy plotting their way round the course.
RRP £160 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts 19° / 22° / 25° / 28° | Stock Shaft Aldila NVS Orange/ Mitsubishi MM7 / Project X Riptide
Today’s Golfer test verdict: PXG’s lower priced 0211 family caught our eye last year and thanks to a significant price drop. After a cracking performance in this year’s test, we reckon this might just be the best value hybrid on the market right now.
At launch the 0211 would have set you back £250; it’s now £160 and it’s a lot of club for that sort of money.
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Lofts: 3-19° / 4-21° / 5-24° / 6-27º | Stock shaft: UST Recoil Dart
Throw in how the Apex 21 was also our third longest, second fastest and third best at protecting ball speed drop-off and we’d say it’s a cracking option for decent players.
RRP £199 | VIEW OFFER
Lofts: 2-17° / 3-19º / 4-21° / 5-24° / 6-28º | Stock shaft: KBS PGI
Today’s Golfer test verdict: Cobra only make one hybrid, so it’s important to understand who the LTDx will work best for.
Thanks to a brilliant KBS Players Graphite shaft as stock, we reckon it’s best suited to reasonable golfers, and certainly not players who struggle to flight long approaches for maximum carry distance.
With a carry distance just three yards back from our longest the King certainly doesn’t lack power.
Which other golf hybrids did we test?
We tested 21 hybrids to find the best models of 2022, with the data showing how every model performed and how forgiving it is shown in full below.
As well as the ten we’ve highlighted as the standouts above, we tested the Titleist TSi 2, Titleist TSi3, Mizuno CLK, Callaway Rogue ST Max, Callaway Rogue ST Max OS, Callaway Apex 21 Pro, Honma T//World TR21, Wilson D9, PXG 0317 X Gen4, Benross Delta X, Ben Hogan VKTR+, and the MacGregor V-Foil Speed.
Best Golf Hybrids 2022: Forgiveness Data
– We created an indoor test lab at Keele Golf Centre to ensure a controlled environment
– The leading brands supplied their 2022 hybrids in our Test Pro Neil Wain’s spec.
– We rejected major misses but recorded how shots launched, span, peaked and dropped out of the air, before crunching the numbers to come up with our conclusions.
Before we came to any conclusions, we analysed the data for each club tested; on distance, spin rates, forgiveness. The latter we refer to as drop offs; the differences in ball speed, spin and carry between our test pro’s on- and off-centre hits.
This insight gives a reliable indication of how forgiving each model will be on the course, as we’ve argued for years that dispersion can be very misleading as it’s based on how you swing on a particular day. We analysed all that data before choosing winners.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Simon Daddow is the Equipment Editor at todaysgolfer.co.uk
Simon has worked in the golf industry for 30 years. Starting out as trainee professional at Downes Crediton GC where he learned the art of golf club making, before going onto work for Clubhaus Plc and Tony Charles Ltd as a golf club maker, and running Product Development at Benross Golf.
Joining EMAP Active (now Bauer Media) in 2006 as Equipment Editor Simon has worked for Today’s Golfer and Golf World magazines and the Today’s Golfer website.
Simon is 46 years old, he’s played golf for 40 years and plays to a handicap of 10. A lack of club speed means he’s short off the tee, but very handy from 125 yards and in.
He uses a Ping G400 SFT driver, PXG 0341 X Gen4 3-Wood, PXG 0341 X Gen4 7-wood, PXG 0317 X Gen2 hybrid, Callaway Rogue X irons (6 – PW), Cleveland CBX2 wedges (52°, 58°), Bettinardi Inovai 6.0 putter and a TaylorMade Tour Response golf ball.
You can contact Simon here.