Hybrid golf clubs have become a popular choice in the golfing community. Due to their high demand, companies are also manufacturing world-class hybrid golf clubs with cutting-edge technology.
Hybrid golf clubs act as an elegant combination of fairway woods and irons. They offer several advantages of both of them with only a few minor drawbacks. We’ll discuss some of the reasons why hybrids could be a better choice than irons or fairway woods.
Amateur golfers are fascinated by hybrid golf clubs as they are easier to hit than long irons and some woods. This made us wonder, do professional golfers also share this love for hybrid golf clubs?
Motivated by curiosity, our team of analysts delved deeper into the matter to find out which golf pros use hybrid golf clubs. We have analyzed the equipment used by the top 50 golf professionals (according to the Official World Golf Rankings). Our analysis delivered some peculiar results that might not surprise many of you.
This article will talk about why do golf pros use hybrid golf clubs in the first place, which golf pros use hybrid golf clubs, and the hybrid club model they’re using.
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Why Do Golf Pros Use Hybrid Golf Clubs?
Hybrids are excellent rescue clubs as they help you get out of tricky situations without gaining any extra strokes.
This is one of the many reasons why professional golfers might want to opt for hybrid golf clubs instead of irons or fairway woods. Here are some other reasons why hybrids might be a better choice than woods or irons.
- The most notable feature of hybrids is their enormous head. This oversized clubhead has a much lower and deeper center of gravity (CG) than irons.
- Hybrid golf clubs are far more forgiving due to their low and deep CG. You can expect consistent shot quality throughout the entire clubface.
- On the other hand, long irons are among the most difficult golf clubs to hit. A slight mistake in the posture or swing technique can cause you to slice or hook the ball or miss the ball completely.
- It can take years for people to master the correct technique to hit long irons. In contrast, you can be an expert at hitting hybrids in only a few months.
- The low center of gravity is also responsible for a higher launch and ball flight that covers a longer distance than irons.
- Furthermore, hybrids are excellent when you want to land the ball gently on the green and when there are obstacles between you and the green.
Which Golf Pros Use Hybrid Golf Clubs?
Here are the golf pros (in the top 50) that use hybrid golf clubs. We have listed them as per their official world golf rank and have also mentioned the club model they use next to their names.
- Patrick Cantlay – Titleist 816H2 (21˚, Fujikura Atmos 8 Blue X shaft)
- Patrick Reed – Callaway Apex 21 Hybrid
- Jordan Speith – Titleist 818H2 Hybrid
- Webb Simpson – Titleist 913 (20°, Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X shaft), Titleist 915 (23.5°, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft)
- Sungjae Im – Titleist 818H2 Hybrid
- Lee Westwood – PING G425 Hybrid
- Will Zalatoris – Titleist TS3 Hybrid
- Sam Burns – Callaway Apex Pro
- Corey Conners – PING G425 Hybrid
- Marc Leishman – Callaway Apex UT (21° & 24°, Nippon NS Pro Modus3 Tour 130X shafts)
- Kevin Na – PXG 0317 X GEN2 Hybrid
- Garrick Higgo – Titleist TSi3 Hybrid
- Christiaan Bezuidenhout – Callaway Mavrik Pro Hybrid
- Ian Poulter – Titleist 816 H2 Hybrid
As you can see, only 14 (28%) of the top 50 professional golfers prefer using hybrid golfers. It seems like the top-notch golfers are still not convinced by all the promises made by hybrid golf clubs.
What is even more surprising is that none of the top 5 golfers use hybrid golf clubs.
Of these 14 players, seven prefer to use Titleist hybrid clubs, with Titleist 818H2 Hybrid as the most popular model. Callaway is the second most popular brand with three players.