2013 Buyer's Guide Woods
CobraKey Feature: Adjustable loft makes this a six-hybrids-in-one proposition. The sole plate's protruding "SmartPad" achieves a square face at address, regardless of the loft setting on this stainless-steel clubhead. Discretionary weighting is strategically located to optimize the CG.
Who It's For: Any golfer wanting a 3-in-1 hybrid.
Wow Factor: We're enamored with adjusting the loft.
Specs: Three base lofts (16°/17°/17° Draw/18°/18° Draw/19° 2-3 H, 19°/20°/20° Draw, 21°, 21° Draw/22° 3-4 H, 22°/23°/23° Draw/24°/24° Draw/25° 4-5 H), Cobra AMP Cell Hybrid shaft.
cobragolf.com | $189
CobraKey Feature: Its tungsten-weighted rail sole is designed to hit a long, penetrating ballflight. The shallow clubface lowers the CG to get the ball up high. The clubface is made of high-strength steel that's milled thin, so it increases ball speed. It's really forgiving, too.
Who It's For: Mid- to high-handicappers who want a hybrid that's versatile and easy to hit.
Wow Factor: It's our favorite Baffler, to date. Easily.
Specs: Six lofts (17° 2H, 19° 3H, 22° 4H, 25° 5H, 28° 6H, 31° 7H) also in lefty models, Graphite Design G-series shaft.
cobragolf.com | $159
Fourteen GolfKey Feature: We're not sure why the name is so confusing either, but this is still one of the coolest hybrids we've seen in a while. The small, compact, hollow-body, iron-like head is basically like a long iron on steroids. Perfect for those who just aren't ready to adopt a wood-like hybrid yet. It's perfect for serious shotmakers.
Who It's For: Better players.
Wow Factor: Iron-like looks, fairway wood-like distance.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (19°, 21°, 24°) with MD-370i graphite shafts.
fourteengolf.com | $299
MizunoKey Feature: An oversized stainless-steel head, multi-thickness clubface and thin crown help launch shots high and straight. Ballflight aims to have consistent distance and land with a steep angle to hold greens. A beveled sole design eases turf interaction and solidifies impact sound.
Who It's For: Players seeking a user-friendly hybrid from a company known for impeccable craftsmanship.
Wow Factor: These are sneaky long. Very sneaky.
Specs: Four lofts (16° 2H, 19° 3H, 22° 4H, 25° 5H) in righty only, Fujikura Orochi Blue Eye 75 shaft.
mizunousa.com | $190
NikeKey Feature: The adjustable club's "High Speed Cavity Back"—covered by the crown yet visible from the sole—moves weight to the corners, which boosts forgiveness and mis-hit distance. Dual Axis adjustment allows you to choose loft and face angle independently of each other.
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Who It's For: Better players wanting several loft options in one hybrid. Nonadjustable version also available.
Wow Factor: Adjustable lofts are a stellar upgrade,
Specs: Two lofts (17°21° 3H, 21°25° 5H) also in lefty models, Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Black 70 shaft.
nikegolf.com | $230
PingKey Feature: Feature: The offset hosel design yields a high launch and low spin ballflight for maximum distance. The flat lie angle and crown help with improved appearance and feel.
Who It's For: Mid- to high-handicappers who want playability and a higher launch.
Wow Factor: Hitting great shots was a piece of cake using these hybrids. The offset also kept our slices at bay. They're just so darn forgiving, you almost can't miss.
Specs: Five lofts (17°, 20°, 23°, 27°, 31°) with TFC 169H graphite shafts. (Available LH)
ping.com | $129
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