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The Best Hybrid Golf Clubs for Seniors for This Year

Updated: Feb 5

In this article we discuss which are the best Hybrid clubs for seniors. The issue faced by senior golfers at some point is reduced distance as our ability to produce clubhead speed lessens. We can still strike it pretty well, but just not as fast! If we want to keep our handicaps as low as possible for a s long as possible then we need to figure out where we can steal some shots back from the golf course.


Clubs for golf beginners

Why Use a Hybrid Golf Club?


After many years of playing golf most of us have developed decent short game game skills, equally most of us have a consistent shot shape and distance from the tee. It’s the bit in the middle where things get tougher. Short irons into par fours start to become mid and long irons, and with that we begin to miss more greens, generate fewer birdie chances and get frustrated as our handicap starts to slip. Reduced clubhead speed means that your long irons fly shorter and lower making it much harder to get the results you want.


Utilizing hybrid golf clubs can be a solution for senior golfers. Hybrids do not help you swing it faster but they will radically change the flight characteristics and bring more consistency to your accuracy and distance control.High flying, fast stopping hybrids with a variety of lofts will replace these tough to use irons and can rejuvenate your game.


Which is the Best Hybrid Club for Seniors?



Hybrid clubs come in all manner of varieties, some promise huge stopping power, some promising that you rediscover the length you once enjoyed with your 1 iron, easy to hit, consistent distance etc. Is there a club that can be crowned as the best hybrid for senior golfers?


Let’s meet the contenders:

  1. Callaway Paradym

  2. Taylormade Stealth 2

  3. Ping G430

  4. Titleist TSR 3

  5. Mizuno ST


Callaway Paradym


REASONS TO BUY

  1. Ball speed and distance

  2. Strong ball flight

  3. Versatility


REASONS NOT TO BUY

  1. Mid size head may not suit the better player

  2. Price


Brim full of technology with Marvel comic names such as Jailbreak and Batwing the Callaway Paradym range of clubs have been met with considerable fanfare. The purpose of these oddly named technologies is to “increase perimeter stiffness allowing the face to flex for high ball speeds”. The result of this when hitting balls is that little distance is lost irrespective of which part of the clubface contacts the ball.


There are two Paradyms to choose from, the Paradym and the Paradym X. The Paradym displays the loft on the bottom of the club whereas the X has a slight draw bias and also the number of the iron it is intended to replace. The Paradym is aimed at better players.



Taylormade Stealth 2

REASONS TO BUY

  1. Easy to launch

  2. Tremendous ball speed

  3. Sits nice and square at address, no offset

REASONS NOT TO BUY

  1. Lack of adjustability

  2. Minor improvements over the previous model

Appeals to a wide range of player ability, it is a one club fits all, and as such perhaps might not offer the precision that more skilled players seek. High flight and steep descent make it easy to launch and fast to stop. It is a great club, however, if you already have the original Stealth then it is doubtful that you will find any significant improvement.



Ping G430

REASONS TO BUY

  1. Plenty of forgiveness across the face

  2. Clean aesthetics

  3. Amazing distance

REASONS NOT TO BUY

  1. Not easy to shape shots

By far the most consistent spread of results. For us it showed the least distance lost on mishits and the least amount of curvature. The downside of that is that gently shaping shots is difficult. The length is outstanding especially when considering the level of forgiveness. This is a club which makes finding the center of the green easy. It might not be the club for working the ball into the flag.



Titleist TSR 3

REASONS TO BUY

  1. Looks stunning

  2. Top hybrid on PGA Tour

  3. Best for outright distance


REASONS NOT TO BUY

  1. Not the most forgiving

  2. Slightly flatter trajectory


Aimed at the better player, the Titliest TSR 3 offers unparalleled adjustability which allows you to dial in exactly the performance you want. The ability to fine tune and shape shots with this club make it a scoring weapon rather than just a green finder when in the hands of good players

All that workability has a trade off, it is not especially forgiving.



Mizuno ST-Z

REASONS TO BUY

  1. Comparatively low spin makes for consistent distance

  2. Low CG makes it easy to hit

  3. Slight draw bias might help misses to the right


REASONS NOT TO BUY

  1. Slight draw basis will not suit everyone


It looks fabulous, sleek with a long face. The low centre of gravity makes it easy to hit from both tight lies and rough. This is a truly versatile club. Consistent speed and spin give excellent distance control and decent length.



Summary


One thing is apparent. There is no such thing as the best hybrid for senior golfers. Each of them are great hybrid golf clubs and each offers a different experience aimed at fitting specific needs.


Having said that, once again I found the Ping G430 to meet my needs perfectly. It sits square, no matter which part of the clubface hits the ball that legendary Ping forgiveness saves the day and the ball still reaches the green.

I think that in general I would hit far fewer poor shots with the Ping than any of the others.


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