2005 has been the year of the hybrid… everyone seems to have them. I remember the original Cobra Baffler years back and how I just laughed at it. Why would someone want to hit this? It looks so different!
Some clubs get all the hype and some of them even live up to all the hype. Then you get the clubs that fly under the radar… clubs that are great but maybe don’t get all the credit that they deserve.
In just a couple short years Sonartec has grown from a small unknown golf club manufacturer to a leader among fairway woods and hybrid clubs on the PGA Tour.
After a couple years of financial difficulty Orlimar appears to be back and ready to go. With some new financial backing and a solid business plan in place I would expect to see lots of the Orlimar name in the upcoming years.
I found it a bit strange when Cleveland released two different hybrids in 2005. The HALO kind of came out of nowhere and many of us thought that the LDI would be Cleveland’s only entry into the hybrid market for the year.
2005 has really been the year of the hybrid club… and why not? They’re really easy to hit, they are really forgiving and they make long irons a thing of the past.
Innovex Golf is a company that you can expect to hear more from in the not-too-distant future. They have some interesting new ideas in creating their newest line of golf clubs; the System RLS.
Tour Edge Golf has become a fairly major player in the hybrid wood market as of late. Their JMAX Iron-Wood has a slightly different design than some of the other hybrids available, but it has become a popular choice with golfers.
When the hybrid club craze started several years ago Mizuno was one of the first on the scene with the FLI-HI. The FLI-HI was designed to play like an iron but with greater forgiveness. Now they are back with the FLI-HI II, a slightly redesigned and improved version.
It shouldn't really surprise anyone that a company who prides themselves on being a traditional golf club maker would be one of the last companies to introduce a hybrid club to the market place.