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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 since 2012, slot technology by TaylorMade adds a new dimension in terms of distance and ball flight. Read More…
“It’s not as if Callaway’s Apex hybrid was one of those secret-menu options at In-N-Out burger reserved for burger-a-holics. But the club did have a limited, enthusiastic audience of mostly elite players who liked the ultra-compact size and iron-like setup. However, this year’s Apex hybrid is more like In-N-Out’s Double-Double, fully loaded with forgiveness and ball-speed ingredients in two sizes based on how hungry your game is. ” – Callaway Golf
There are the golf shirts Adidas makes to fit the uber-athletic Dustin Johnson. Then there are the ones Adidas makes for the mere mortals. Similarly, hybrids need to be designed differently for the two classes of golfers who use them. The standard SIM2 (above) is all about enhancing the skills of better players. It has a smaller head for more versatility and a penetrating iron-like ball flight. –
Srixon has a memo for those of you who assumed making the cen-ter of the face hotter—particularly on compact hybrids—was no longer possible: Try a little harder; there’s more there than you know. In this case, added speed isn’t just the flexing of the face but how the area immediately around the face can take the face to another level. – Srixon Golf