2008 Wood/Hybrid Buyer's Guide

What is the freshest category in golf? We think fairway woods and hybrids have benefitted from a ton of new technology, making them more playable and more useful than ever before.

Callaway X Hybrid
Designed with a sole similar to the X Fairway Woods, the X Hybrid is designed to minimize turf drag while still keeping the leading edge close to the ground for crisp, clean contact. The MOI on the X Hybrid is also high, meaning these hybrids will help golfers not only hit it straighter, but higher and farther as well. Other notable features include VFT face tech, S2H2 hosel design and TruBore shaft technology.
Lofts: 18, 21, 24, 27
callawaygolf.com | $139
Cleveland HiBORE XLS
With input from Tour professionals, the new HiBORE XLS has a blunt shaped toe for a more compact look at address. Also, the HiBORE XLS has some added offset, to not only counteract slices, but also to enable the club to set up more like an iron (which is the right way to play a hybrid, by the way). Other cool features include an updated crown section and two shaft options, both designed by Fujikura.
Models: #1, 2, 3, 4, 5
clevelandgolf.com | $149
Cobra Baffler DWS
The Baffler once again gets upgraded, this time with new weighting in the rear of the clubhead to help beef up the club’s MOI. Also new, the Fastback crown helps push the CG lower and farther back, resulting in a higher trajectory and enhanced spin. Other nice features include a stock Aldila VS Proto graphite shaft and a host of loft options. You can expect shots to fly high and land soft, thanks to some added spin.
Lofts: 16, 18, 20, 23, 26, 29
cobragolf.com | $129

Ping Rapture
Technology is everywhere in the Rapture hybrids, including a tungsten-nickel soleplate, a steel body and a super-strong face. The three-piece design maximizes the performance of each material, producing added weight low and deep for a low CG, high launch angle and low spin. The clubface is reinforced for an even faster ball speed. The end result? A hybrid that produces shots that fly high, straight and far.
Lofts: 18, 21, 24
pinggolf.com | $179-$209
Macgregor MT Hybrid
The pear-shaped MacGregor MT hybrids come in five different loft configurations and feature the same technology as the company’s MT fairway woods. Like the other MT offerings, the hybrids utilize Cup Face 360 Technology, making the entire face the sweet spot for added distance on shots struck in off-center areas of the clubhead. Each hybrid comes with MacGregor proprietary shafts. Men’s lie options include standard and two-degree upright or flat.
Lofts: 17, 20, 23, 26, 29
macgregorgolf.com | $149
Ready for liftoff? The Mizuno FLI-HI CLK combines a titanium clubface and steel body to produce a low and deep CG that results in a high, soft-landing ballflight. The variable thicknesses of the clubface deliver exceptional distance control and the titanium crown ensures that weight is right where it’s needed: low and away from the clubface. Moderate to better players will appreciate its shotshaping capabilities.
Lofts: 17, 20, 23, 26
mizunousa.com | $165-$195


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