The rescue wood, or hybrid as they’re better known, are designed to replace the harder to hit irons in a golf bag. A typical set of irons would include a 3-PW (8-iron) and many golfers struggle to find the 3, 4 and 5-irons to hit with anything close to consistency. The solution to this problem is a hybrid.

As a unique crossover between an iron and a wood, every hybrid golf club has dual characteristics which can benefit you on the golf course. As already mentioned, these clubs are easier to hit and have larger, more forgiving heads, while also having similar accuracy properties to an iron but with shorter shafts and an iron-like face for control enhancement. Hybrid clubs are also brilliant to have when trying to achieve better hits from poor lies or rough. This means you can free the golf ball and send it soaring through the air without causing damage to your scorecard.

Finding the right handicap for your game

Let’s get the new season underway by equipping ourselves with the right equipment. This means choosing a golf club that plays to your ideal handicap.

High-handicap hybrids

If you’re just starting out or aren’t very confident on the golf course then get a hybrid in your bag today. A good recommendation is to have at least a 3 and a 4 hybrid to replace the 3 and 4 irons as this is certain to bring correct trajectory into your game. It is also worth considering switching the 5 iron with a hybrid, though this is dependent on how well you usually perform. High handicap golfers will not miss a 3 and 4 iron if removed from their golf bag and at this level it’s recommended to use a graphite shaft with regular flex, while ladies or senior golfers can use the senior flex or L respectively.

Some of the best 2015 golf hybrids for high-handicap golfers include the PING G Alta 70 Hybrid, TaylorMade M2 Hybrid, Nike Golf Vapor Fly Tensei Hybrid, TaylorMade SLDR S Hybrid and Mizuno Golf JPX EZ Hybrid.

Mid-handicap hybrids

If you haven’t already become acquainted with hybrid golf clubs by the time you reach medium handicap level then make it top of your golfing to-do list this year. Hybrids are a must for the middle or intermediate player and a 3 hybrid replacing a 3 iron is definitely what we would recommend. You can also replace or compliment a 4 iron with a 4 hybrid, too, though this is entirely optional and not a necessity. The shaft choices are also purely optional based on what you prefer to use. Steel and graphite options the best choices but either will suffice. Steel shafts are, of course, more popular with golfers because they match the other irons in the bag, although graphite shafts have the benefit of being lighter in construction and longer.

So, what is out there for the mid-handicapper this season? The Cobra Golf MAX Hybrid, Cobra Golf King F6 Hybrid and Nike Golf Vapor Speed Hybrid are all excellent options and should be considered.

Low-handicap hybrids

Low handicap golfers may choose to stick with the irons already in their set, although top golf pros have started to use hybrids instead of 2 and 3 irons and this points to it being a good idea to try them out and see if they add or subtract anything from your game. The higher trajectory achieved from using a hybrid means softer landings for the golf ball on the greens than what an iron can manage; they are much easier to hit from a rough as well.

Those interested in trying a hybrid with a low handicap should give the Callaway Golf Apex Hybrid, Titleist 816H2 Rogue Black Hybrid and Benross RIP Speed 2 Hybrid a whirl.

View the full range of golf hybrids now, or browse the range of brands we have available, including Nike, TaylorMade, Titleist, Callaway, Cobra, Benross, PING, Mizuno, Wilson, Wilson Staff, US Kids.