As hybrids have become more ubiquitous over the years, they've taken over more of many golfers' bags, replacing longer irons with a club that's easier to hit higher and longer with more forgiveness. That means hybrids have become those scoring clubs that help players get close to a par 5 in two or try to slay a longer par 3. Titleist has approached the design of their hybrids keeping that reality in mind, introducing new 818 H1 and 818 H2 hybrids that are more forgiving and customizable than ever.
First, a refresher on the distinction between the hybrids.
The H1 model is typically made for a player who sweeps the clubs along the turf, not taking much of a divot, and/or a player who prefers to have a hybrid that looks more like a fairway wood. For the 818 model, the H1 is a bit sleeker in profile than the 816 H1.
The H2 model is more for a digger and/or a player who wants a more squared-off look in their hybrid, playing more like an iron. Compared to the 816, the 818 H2 has a more squared-off toe with a modest offset.
The big upgrades in both models are the introduction of SureFit CG (center of gravity) weight ports, allowing a golfer to optimize a spin and trajectory profile for their game and needs. The SureFit hosel has 16 settings to adjust loft and lie and turf interaction for even more ability to dial in, while the Active Recoil Channel 2.0 helps increase ball speeds across the face by flexing more at the right points at impact.
The moment of inertia (MOI) rating is 10 percent higher on these 818 models compared to the 816s, improving forgiveness.
The Titleist 818 H1 and 818 H2 hybrids are available Sept. 1 for $280 each, with the H1 available in 19-degree, 21-degree, 23-degree, 25-degree and 27-degree heads, while the H2 comes in 17-degree, 19-degree, 21-degree and 23-degree lofts. Shaft options include four models in the Mitsubishi Tensei Pro series, as well the Fujikura ATMOS HB Tour Spec Blue 8 and Project X Even Flow Blue 85HYB shafts.