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Just curious about this stuff and trying to be as knowledgeable as possible.  I know hitting low irons is a hassle for some.  I am just preparing for that to be the deal for me.  So, any older used hybrids that do a great job (not breaking the bank $100 or less per hybrid)?  Does a beginner golfer usually replace the 2, 3, and/or 4 iron with a 2, 3, and/or 4 hybrid?  Or does one around the middle of those usually do the trick?  Many thanks.

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For a new golfer hybrids are great. Id recommend any Ping hybrid that fits the budget. The things just want to fly high and straight. 

Go find Cleveland Halo or Hi-Bore hybrids.....on the cheap & perform exceptionally for the beginner 

If you already have irons, I'd recommend that you first figure out where you start having difficulty with the long irons.  You'll also need some idea of the distance that you get with the longest iron

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5 minutes ago, DaltonSTL said:

For a new golfer hybrids are great. Id recommend any Ping hybrid that fits the budget. The things just want to fly high and straight. 

Are we talking one hybrid club or two?  Or three?  Just curious which one (or two, three) an older (46) beginner should start with? Is there a good starting point with one hybrid?

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1 minute ago, Collegefbfan said:

Are we talking one hybrid club or two?  Or three?  Just curious which one (or two, three) an older (46) beginner should start with? Is there a good starting point with one hybrid?

As many as you want go 3. 4, 5 and 6. Whatever the person feels comfortable with. No one size fits all. Hybrids are great tools for new players to great players. I have my wife hit hybrid probably 75% of the time. 

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Ping G400, 410, 425 and the Mizuno CLK.

Cobra F9 9.5*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F2
Cobra F9 14.5*, UST Helium 49 F2
TXG Custom SIM Max 7-wood, Accra 140 2.0 M2
TXG Custom Mizuno CLK 23*, Tensei Red CK 60 R
TXG Custom, Mizuno JPX 919 Hotmetal 6-pw, 1* up, + 1/2", UST Recoil ESX 460 R, Soft Stepped Once
Cobra Forged Tour 6-iron, 28*, Accra Tour 85 R
TXG Custom Ping Eye2+ BeCu 53*, Accra 90i R
TXG Custom Glide 1.0 56*, Accra 90i R
TXG Custom Glide 2.0 Stealth 58*, DG S300
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I agree with the Ping option.  Really any G series model will work fine. 

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A previous year model of Cobra is where I'd look - I'm a believer in the rails. If you look around you may be able to hit your $100 price point, especially if you look used. Any of the recent Pings will be more dough.

 

I agree with the idea of just one hybrid to start, 4h is probably right. Lots of guys hit 5W or 7W instead of 3h (though I love my 3h), and then you'll need to figure out when you're back in irons. When beginning, no need to have a full bag of clubs with perfect gapping as your gapping will likely change radically as your swing improves. I still like the idea of a driver, a hybrid, a couple of irons, a wedge, and a putter and have at it. Sometimes less is more.

G400Max Xtorsion 60S | F9 3W Devo 7S - 3H Devo 8S | RS 7W Motore F3R

ZX5 5i | ZX7 6-AW Recoil 95R | RM4 56S - 60H | SC SS Newport

in rotation: ZX4 4i | G425 5H Orange S | ZX5 6i

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Any of the used Pings in the G series (G30, G, G400, G410,) are a good choice but to get to the desired price point of $100 you are probably going to have to go back to the G30 series.  The Gs and G400s are still about $130-$150 depending upon condition.

In any case, I have hit the G30, G, and G400 and essentially they all perform the same: fine or well. In fact, because I am foolish, I recently bought a G30 for $99 to replace the G30 I traded in a couple of years ago to buy something else. 

New Cleveland HALOs are at $ 140. Cleveland is no longer selling them direct from their website but many retailers still have stock.

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If you already have irons, I'd recommend that you first figure out where you start having difficulty with the long irons.  You'll also need some idea of the distance that you get with the longest iron that you are going to play so you can figure out what you need to get from your highest lofted hybrid.  May take some experimentation since you are looking to buy used.

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For the budget you are on I would look specifically for Ping G25 or Titleist 913 And target models between 20 and 24 degrees.  They look different so you'll have some room for personal choice.

 

The G25 is very un-Ping like in feel - which is to say it sounds and feels great and the stock shaft is superb.

 

The Titleist feels great as well and is adjustable but it has a bit of a 'swollen toe' look that some people don't like.

 

These two models spent more time in my bag than any other club I've owned - although both are likely to be passed by the Titleist 818s which are likely a bit north of your current price target unless you just happen to get lucky.

917D2 9.5 w/S+

TS2 16.5 and 21 w/AD-DI

ZX-U 3i w/NS 950GH -or- 818 H1 23 deg w/AD-DI

ZX5 5i - 6i and ZX7 7i - PW w/Modus 105

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When I started golfing I got a Taylormade burner 2.0 rescue. It was really easy to get up. You can go down that route with the new sim2 version of it. I have since moved on to a TSi2 but a TSi1 might fit the bill for you. It really depends on how good your impact is, but a bigger the hybrid is the easier it'll be to hit.

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818h1 would be my pick in that category...

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Titleist TS2 23* GD AD IZ 85S

Titleist TS2 26* GD AD IZ 85S

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I used a hybrid to replace my 5W (19) and another for a 3I (22) - I just bought Tour Edge Exotics CBX 119's The model previous to what they have now- They have Titanium faces and they are fantastic clubs - Really nice clubs.

 

I played Adams XTD Ti (Titanium) and those were nice bombers. they take Taylormade adaptors - which has endless shafts out there on Ebay 

 

 

 

 

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I really like my Lazrus hybrid, it was $65 brand new. They offer a ton of lofts, as well. I like supporting a smaller shop that isn't far away. Their wedges are great, too. 

Taylormade M3 driver Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 70G shaft (cut to 44.5")

Taylormade M1 5 wood

Taylormade M4 19* Hybrid 

Taylormade GAPR Mid 21* Hybrid

KZG Forged 2-M cavity back 4-6 

KZG Forged Blade 7-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Lazrus 52/8 and 56/12 wedges

Tour "Percision" [sic] Milled TP-M5 putter

Golf Pride Concept Helix grips

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7 hours ago, mizunoMX25 said:

818h1 would be my pick in that category...

Also agree with this. I love mine and they are starting to go for 100ish or even less on ebay now.

Ping G400 Max

Taylormade SLDR 3HL

Taylormade SLDR 5HL

Titleist 818H1 23*

Srixon ZX5 5-PW w/Nippon Modus 105

Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth 50* & 54*

Callaway PM Grind Slate 58*

Taylormade Spider X 

Srixon Z-Star

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I have 3, 4 and 5 in Ping g400 and can't even think about replacing them. I have just added the 5 as got a bit honest with myself about how good the results were with my 5 iron lately. I was going to drop the 4 and go 3 and 5 but have carried on with all 3. They are probably too close together in terms of distance sometimes but on the course I just "see" different shots for all 3 of them and have had some decent scores for me so far this year. Just high and straight, and particularly the 5 will get a workable result out of any lie, looking down at the loft on it is confidence inspiring. I thought I would struggle with the 3 but is probably my favourite although the others can't find out that.

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The reason I say 818h1 is because they are pretty forgiving for what they are and will also be good for you even as you get better. One of the only hybrids I've found that's forgiving and not completely hook biased, although you can shut the face and turn it into a hook machine if needed.

Titleist TSI3 10* Tensei AV Raw Blue 65S

TM SIM 2 TI 17* Ventus Red 7S

Ping G425 Max 20.5 Tensei AV Raw Orange 75S
Titleist TS2 23* GD AD IZ 85S

Titleist TS2 26* GD AD IZ 85S

Titleist T100S 6-PW Aerotech FC115

Titleist T100 50* Aerotech FC115

Vokey SM8 Raw 54.12D/58.8M Aerotech FC115
Scotty Cameron T22 Newport Stability Shaft Tour

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