iRT-5 Hybrid Review

iRT-5 Hybrid Review

By Paul Liberatore



Time to read 5 min

If you’re like most golfers, advancing the ball out of bad lies is a struggle. Whether it’s thick rough, a fairway bunker, or a divot in the middle of the fairway, these lies are a golfer’s worst nightmare. Thankfully, there is hope. The iRT-5 hybrid is designed to make getting the ball out of tough lies easier.

 Introduced in 2017, the iRT-5 hybrid quickly became popular with amateurs as it aired in a Golf Channel infomercial. Endorsed by former tour player and Golf Channel commentator Arron Oberholser, the iRT-5 hybrid is the perfect club for any amateur golfer looking for increased  distance and control  out of any lie.

Key Features

Machete Rails reduce drag through impact allowing for maximum clubhead speed at impact.

The heavier club head lowers the center of gravity and increases stability producing higher shots and more distance .

A shorter shaft enables players to swing the club with a more natural motion for greater consistency.

The iRT-5 Hybrid is a highly regarded golf club that has received positive feedback from customers. It’s praised for its performance and ease of use, making it a popular choice among golfers. The iRT-5 Hybrid stands out for its unique sole, which features a self-correcting clubface and stabilizing rails. This innovative design helps golfers achieve high-trajectory, long-carrying approach shots. The club also offers decreased resistance upon impact with the turf, resulting in improved overall performance.

Design and Technology

Manufacturers across the board have promised that hybrids are great for golfers out of any lie, helping them hit shots higher and farther. No company fully delivered on this promise until the iRT-5 hybrid. While the best in the world probably benefit from modern hybrid design, the rest of us still struggle with tough lies and hitting long shots consistently. The innovative design features of the iRT-5 hybrid go a long way in making these shots easier.

Machete Rails on the sole of the club are unlike anything else on the market. While most hybrids have a flat sole that digs or gets stuck in long grass or fairway bunkers, the rails on the iRT-5 cut through tall grass keeping the clubface square and allow for maximum clubhead speed to be delivered at impact. Where other hybrids fall short in sticky situations, the iRT-5 gives golfers a fighting chance.

The clubhead is significantly heavier in the iRT-5 hybrid. Lighter clubheads in other hybrids have a propensity to twist either open or closed in thick grass or sand. The weight in iRT-5 provides much greater stability allowing the face to stay square even in the toughest of lies. Added weight in the bottom of the clubhead lowers the center gravity promoting a higher ball flight that allows players to stop the ball on the green more quickly.


  • Machete Rails keep the toe from digging for better contact
  • The heavy clubhead increases stability during impact
  • A shorter shaft allows for increased control


  • The iRT-5 hybrid golf club only comes in 24 degrees of loft
  • Lack of adjustability means you cant customize the club
  • May not be suitable for better players

Our Experience

We found the iRT-5 Hybrid to be an excellent fairway club that is easy to hit off the ground. It has a unique "Machete Rails" design that cuts through grass effortlessly, allowing for clean contact even on less-than-perfect lies.

The low profile of the iRT-5 makes it simple to get the ball airborne, and we were able to achieve good launch, carry distance, and roll out with this hybrid. It provides more forgiveness and consistency compared to a traditional fairway wood.

We also found the iRT-5 to be versatile - it can be used effectively off the tee in place of a driver for more control. The pinging sound at impact takes some getting used to, but the performance makes up for it.

Overall, the iRT-5 Hybrid is an excellent option for golfers looking to hit their fairway shots higher, longer, and straighter with more consistency. It's a great alternative to a fairway wood or hybrid for those who struggle with those clubs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Irt-5 Hybrid Suitable for Beginners or Only Experienced Golfers Seeking Improved Performance?

The iRT-5 Hybrid is suitable for both beginners and experienced golfers seeking improved performance. Its club technology, including a unique sole and stabilizing rails, makes it user-friendly for beginners while offering performance improvement for experienced players.

How Does the Clubface’s Self-Correcting Technology Actually Work and How Does It Benefit the Golfer?

When I tried the iRT-5 Hybrid, I noticed the clubface’s self-correcting technology. It actively adjusts to keep my shots straight, improving my performance. This feature benefits golfers by reducing mishits, providing more consistent and accurate ball striking, and ultimately boosting confidence and enjoyment on the course.

Can the Irt-5 Hybrid Really Improve Ball Distance and Accuracy, and What Sets It Apart From Other Hybrids?

Improving performance, the iRT-5 Hybrid’s advanced hybrid technology sets it apart. It enhances ball distance and accuracy, thanks to its self-correcting clubface and stable design. Customer feedback highlights its worth and price, making it a top golf club option.

Are There Options for the Color and Flex of the Club, or Is It Only Available in Brown and Black With a Regular Flex?

Color options and flex choices for the iRT-5 Hybrid are limited to brown and black with a regular flex. Unfortunately, there are no other color or flex options available at the moment.

What Are the Pros and Cons of the Irt-5 Hybrid Based on Customer Feedback and Reviews?

Based on customer feedback, the iRT-5 Hybrid excels in performance, offering high-trajectory shots and stable turf interaction. Users mention ease of use and quick delivery. Some cite issues with the club not suiting them.


We all hit shots into bad spots. Sometimes even shots we strike right down the middle end up in a divot. Recovering from these poor shots is often difficult and sometimes we even compound the problem by trying to do too much. 

The iRT-5 hybrid changes this in a big way. Its unique design gives amateurs a real chance at recovery and provides more consistency on every shot.

Paul Liberatore

Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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