These 5 hybrids excel in two important areas, according to our robot testing

Several months ago, GOLF.com’s equipment crew had Golf Laboratories’ swing robot run a test to determine the differences in launch, spin and carry for three clubs with very similar lofts (roughly 20 degrees) — 7-wood, 3-hybrid and 3-iron. Finding the ideal club combination to tackle shots from 230-190 yards remains a top priority for most golfers. The problem is, with so many options available — and we didn’t even mention utility irons — most golfers don’t even know where to start.

Thankfully, the data provided some interesting findings that helped clear a few things up. For example, the launch and spin deltas between the 7-wood and 3-hybrid were a staggering 5 degrees and 2,260 RPMs in favor of the high-lofted fairway. So if you’re someone who struggles to get the ball in the air with enough spin to hold the green, the 7-wood is the way to go, according to the robot.

But what happens if the fairway wood shape is off-putting or you generally have better turf interaction with an iron-like profile? The obvious choice is to find a game-improvement long iron or utility and conduct testing because the hybrid doesn’t generate nearly enough launch and spin to make it a viable option.

While the numbers from our three-club test confirm there are some lower-launching hybrids in the marketplace, it’s still possible to find something that launches the ball high with plenty of spin if a hybrid is more your style.

Below are 5 hybrids (19 degrees) that generated a combination of high launch and spin on the robot. (It’s worth pointing out the difference in launch between the 5 models mentioned was less than 1 degree of launch and 300 RPMs, highlighting the importance of getting fit for a hybrid that checks the looks and performance boxes.)

Callaway Paradym X

Callaway Paradym hybrid
Callaway Paradym hybrid at address
Callaway Paradym hybrid face
Callaway Paradym X hybrid
Callaway Paradym X hybrid at address
Callaway Paradym X hybrid face

Callaway Paradym Hybrids

$300
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Cobra Aerojet

Cobra Aerojet hybrid
Cobra Aerojet hybrid at address
Cobra Aerojet hybrid face
Cobra Aerojet hybrid toe

Cobra Aerojet Hybrids

$279
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TaylorMade Stealth 2

TaylorMade Stealth 2 hybrid
TaylorMade Stealth 2 hybrid at address
TaylorMade Stealth 2 hybrid face

TaylorMade Stealth 2 Hybrids

$280
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TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD

TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD hybrid
TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD hybrid at address
TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD hybrid face

TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD Hybrids

$280
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Titleist TSR2

Titleist TSR2 hybrid
Titleist TSR2 hybrid at address
Titleist TSR2 hybrid face

Titleist TSR2 Hybrids

$300
Click through to purchase a new Titleist TSR hybrid from Fairway Jockey today.

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JWall

Jonathan Wall

Golf.com Editor

Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com’s Managing Editor for Equipment. Prior to joining the staff at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour. He can be reached at jonathan.wall@golf.com.