Best Shafts For Hybrids 2023
There was a time when hybrid clubs were the butts of many a joke on the golf course.
They were almost seen as signs of weakness. They represented an absence of skill. Those days are long gone.
In 2023, some of the most skilled and successful tour pros have hybrids in their bags. As such, there are many more hybrid shafts to choose from. Which one will be right for you?
What Shaft Weight is Right for My Swing Speed?
Every player is different and every swing is a little different.
While swing speed is a good indication of what shaft you should be gaming, there are other factors to consider like tempo. Then there is simply what you feel comfortable with as a player.
It’s always advisable to go in for a fitting when possible. But in the meantime, here is a general guide to hybrid shaft weights:
Swing Speeds Under 70 MPH
If you’re swinging your hybrids below 70 MPH you are going to want to try a shaft in the 40 to 50-gram weight range.
70 to 80 MPH Swing Speeds
This is a moderate swing speed. If this is where you are you will want to try shafts in the 60 to 70-gram weight class.
81 to 90 MPH Swing Speeds
Faster swingers will want to try shafts in the 71 to 80 gram spectrum.
91 to 100 MPH Swing Speeds
Strong swingers will likely fare better with shafts between 81 to 95 grams.
100+ MPH Swing Speeds
Pro-level swingers should try heavier shafts in the 95-gram+ range.
What Makes A Great Hybrid Shaft?
One thing you have to remember about your hybrid clubs is that they are there to make your life easier.
You may even have what’s referred to as a “rescue” club in your bag. So the whole point is to have a shaft that delivers the forgiveness you need.
A great hybrid shaft will deliver enough flex without going overboard. It will recover quickly and keep the club head path on-line.
The best hybrid shafts have very smooth transitions. They will also be able to stand up to heavy loading and releasing.
In the end though, a great hybrid shaft is one that you feel comfortable with and one that gives you the confidence to take your most powerful swings.