Having one or two hybrids as a beginner is one of the best things you can add to your bag if you’re a beginner golfer. Today, I’m going to be talking about the 3 best hybrid clubs for beginners so you can make the best choice possible for your game, and I’ll also talk about the cheapest place to pick each of them up.
When we were trying out all the golf rescue hybrids we ranked them all based on how forgiving they were, how versatile they were, and also how much they cost. We tried the best we could to find a cheaper option as well as a more expensive one.
That being said, here are the best hybrid golf clubs for beginner golfers:
- Cleveland Launcher.
- Taylormade M4.
- Cobra King F9.
Continue reading for my full review of each and info on where to get them for the best price…
The 3 Best Beginner Hybrid Clubs
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#3: Cobra King F9 Hybrid
The Cobra King’s have been one of my favorite hybrids over the years and their F9 model is no different. It’s not the newest and most “advanced” hybrid on the market, but it’s perfect for any weekend player. It’ll give you everything you’d want (except making you a scratch player overnight) and it’ll still work as you get better.
It’s a fairly expensive hybrid but it’s one of the best on the market for hitting out of the rough (which let’s be real, you’ll spend a lot of time there as a beginner). It has the rails on the bottom of the club which help it glide through the rough (and not dig in like a lot of others).
Out of all the hybrids I’ve tested over the years, the F9 is one of the best when it comes to distance and forgiveness. It doesn’t have the best alignment help (it’s better than a lot though) but other than that it was awesome.
Here are the PROS:
- It moves smoothly through the grass.
- It has a decent alignment aid.
- It’s a low spinning hybrid that will benefit a lot of high handicaps (fewer hooks/slices).
Now the CONS:
- There aren’t many adjustments.
- It’s a fairly expensive hybrid club.
- It’s not the best for stopping the ball on the green (not the highest ball flight).
Overall though, a really solid hybrid in my experience. Check the price on Amazon. Here’s a demo video:
#2: Taylormade M4 Hybrid
The M4 are one of my favorite game improvement clubs since they’re designed to be long and straight (which is what almost all beginners need). There are newer irons out in the M series but they’re going to be a lot more expensive. I really like the newer ones but I think you’ll be better off by getting the cheaper ones and using the extra cash for some lessons or training aids.
It’s middle of the range in terms of price, but if you’re able to afford it I’d highly recommend it. The distance of the M4 is quite good and it’s also fairly forgiving.
I found that the M4 really helps if you suffer from a slice (obviously, it won’t fix it but it’ll help straighten it out a bit).
Another reason I like it is that it’s a high-quality rescue club that’s versatile, which will make it perfect for when you start getting better. It’s not the best but you’ll still be able to control the ball.
Let’s talk PROS:
- It’s the longest of the 3 hybrids when struck pure.
- It gave me a nice and high ball flight.
- It hits really well off the fairway and tee (not as good as the others in the rough).
Now the CONS:
- It’s not as forgiving as the other 2 hybrids.
- It’s a little bit expensive for new golfers.
- I didn’t really like the way it sounded at impact (doesn’t impact performance).
Overall, one of the best hybrids for beginner golfers AND also for when you start getting better. See our full review here. Here’s a demo video:
#1: Cleveland Launcher Hybrid
This is definitely my favorite hybrid for beginners and I still use mine (1 of my 2 hybrids) and love it. There is the Launcher HB hybrid and the newer Launcher Turbo. Both are awesome but the HB will be much cheaper.
It’s probably not as long as the M4 but it’s the most forgiving (which is most important for new golfers in my opinion) and it’s great in all situations on the course. It’s so easy to hit the club and that’s why I love it.
It’s the cheapest of the 3 as well and that’s another reason I have it ranked #1. I’m sure you don’t want to spend a fortune on clubs yet, so that’s another reason I have it ranked first.
It’s not the best hybrid for when you start getting better (when you want to start shaping the ball around) but for keeping it long and straight it’s the best option we’ve tested.
How about the PROS:
- It was the straightest and highest of the 3 (confidence booster).
- The Launcher series is the easiest club to hit (in my experience).
- It had a good amount of spin to stop the ball on the green.
Now the CONS:
- It’s not the longest hybrid of the 3 (not that important for beginners).
- There are no adjustments (not a big deal).
Overall, it’s my favorite and most recommended hybrid for beginner golfers. Check the price on Amazon. Here’s a demo video:
If you’re a new or high handicap golfer who’s in the market for a new rescue hybrid, these 3 are great options. Hybrids are probably my favorite club to hit these days because they’re way easier than hitting long irons and are more versatile than fairway woods. The one you decide to go with will depend on your budget and what exactly you’re looking for.
If you just want to bomb it long and straight down the fairway, go with the Launcher. If you want a bit more versatility and want something to grow into, go with the M4 or F9.
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Last update on 2023-03-10 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API