This past year I finally put a hybrid back into my bag, replacing my 4i. I was having issues with hooking all the time and figured out the proper placement of the ball to use that club. It worked out that it was my 195-205 club the majority of the time. The loft was 25*, but also with a shaft that wasnít fit for me (yet another hand me down from my dad many years ago), but I hit it very well in 2018, so I was excited to see if I got fit into the Big Bertha Hybrid, or the new 2019 Apex Hybrid.
I was fit into the irons right before a hybrid so we first started with matching the hybrid to the iron set if the numbers worked out. I was needing a gap in the 205-220 range due to my 5i going nearly a club longer (more to come on that). Jason gave me a 23* and the first few shots felt like rockets were launched. Managed to get my 3rd shot out there 215 carry with 230 total, BINGO!! Gap filled!!
Adding the Jailbreak technology into the Apex hybrid gave me more forgiveness and also hits that didnít feel center still allowed the ball to flight farther than I expected. This is something I have noticed with other clubs that utilized Jailbreak in them. The club profile is smaller than Iím used to, bur not necessarily a bad thing. Would have preferred a Chevron alignment aid but it wouldnít be a deal breaker if I was in the market for one. Pairing this with the Catalyst shaft in stiff flex adds more weight than my prior club, which helps me keep my swing more stable. I can sometimes try to overswing and this extra weight helps stop me from ďforcingĒ a shot.
This club also has a special place in my heart, as it was the first club I swung during official Grandaddy competition. Played the 17th on Dye as my first hole, about 215 yard par 3 with water all along the left! Perfect, it my hybrid distance, and I have a tendency to hook hybrids. Wouldnít you know I hit the best hybrid shot all year with the smallest draw right to the center of the green. Even got the Zoo Crew joking about my cap!
There are a lot of holes at the course I frequent the most locally that call for a 225ish shot, which used to be a 5w for me. Now that the Apex hybrid is pretty close to that yardage, I feel like this might be a go to club more frequency than in the past. Iím excited to see how the extra yard out of a hybrid will help my game.
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