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What about hybrid clubs?
There has been a dramatic shift away from higher lofted fairway woods (7 and 9 woods) to more iron-like or wood-like hybrid clubs. These clubs are traditionally shorter than their equivalent fairway woods, yet about ¾” longer than their iron counterparts. These hybrids are typically designed to play more like an iron and are used to replace the 2, 3, and 4 irons. If you play courses where you need to hit long irons off the tee, the hybrid clubs will give you better accuracy, launch angle (higher) and tighter shot dispersion than a fairway wood or long iron off the tee. We have tested every manufacturer’s hybrid clubs and find that hybrid shafts are very light weight and soft(flexible). This can lead to hooking and/or topping the ball. Make sure your hybrid clubs are exactly matched to your swing profile, which would put the weight and flex closer to your irons. I would also suggest that a higher handicap player not go below a 19 degree loft in a hybrid and instead choose a 21 degree 7 wood. The 7 wood will be easier to get your desired distance as the shaft will be longer and you will get more loft on your shots.
This is whole new game for us since you custom built our new sets with new hybrids. What a difference! Needless to say, we are very happy with my D’Lance experience. -Marvin and Elaine R., Cincinnati, OH
Hybrids, long irons or fairway woods?
While hybrid clubs have been the rage for the past couple of years, it still amazes me that some golfers are still struggling with the long iron, fairway wood or hybrid dilemma. Personally, I think a good hybrid club can take the place of most long irons and SOME fairway woods. First of all, a hybrid club is much more versatile from the tee, fairway and rough than a long iron such as a 3, 4 or even a 5 iron. Of course it is always good to have a 5 iron in your bag for those “punch shots”. If you do not generate a good amount of ball speed, going to a low lofted hybrid like a 16 or 20 degree is not such a good idea. You are better off with a 5 or 7 wood. Should you try a 9 wood? Again, I think a hybrid club is a better idea as it is more versatile. The trick is to have the correct length, weight and flex in the shaft as well as the correct loft. Hybrids should have slightly lighter shafts than your irons and heavier than your fairway woods in order to promote a good, consistent swing.
Hybrid Clubs – New Trends
Of all the changes in club head design, nothing has had more variations than the hybrid club. K.J. Choi made a big statement at The Masters in 2011 when he put 4 hybrid clubs in play. Now in 2012, slot technology by Adams Golf and TaylorMade adds a new dimension in terms of distance and ball flight. Read More…
“Don’t let the compact shape fool you. This hybrid has plenty of ball-speed technology, such as the high-strength steel face that wraps around the perimeter to increase flexibility over a larger area. Plus, the company’s “jailbreak” technology has two internal bars that join the crown and sole to support even more face flexing. Still, this hybrid allows better players to shape shots with a flatter trajectory and a mid-level spin to hold greens.” – Callaway Golf
TaylorMade thinks that gap in your bag between your fairway woods and irons should be filled by a hybrid that best suits your game. Hence, the three head styles here: Lo (a hollow driving iron), Mid and Hi (a full-bodied true hybrid). Each head benefits from a slot in the sole, plus a foam filling that improves feel and supports the flexing of a thin face. There are 10 clubs in the family, and each has an adjustable loft sleeve to improve fitting. –
Titleist engineers slimmed these down from their predecessors but expanded their forgiveness. How? Saved weight from a thin, high-strength steel-alloy face insert yields a deeper center of gravity for more stability. That’s true for the larger H1 with its higher lofts, or the compact H2, the version preferred by Titleist tour players. Increasing their versatility is a 16-way adjustable hosel and a cylindrical sole weight to tune in a draw or fade. – Titleist Golf
These hybrids take the weight saved from a carbon-fiber crown and place it low and forward for less spin. The crown serves two other purposes: There’s extra stiffness in the front to create more flexing in the face, and the saved weight makes room for eight adjustable screws in the sole. These weights provide 20 grams for dialing in a higher flight or extra draw or fade. A honeycombed strip of polymer lines the sole to control vibration.
Loft: 17, 19, 22, 25, 28 (all adjustable +/- 1.5 degrees)” – PXG