Everyone, beginners and experts alike, has some kind of problem with their swing. For beginners, those problems are rather large and caused by their lack of experience. For experts, those problems are minor. No one has perfect swing and everyone struggles to get better at it. That’s why, in 2002, when Hybrids were first introduced, they were instant hit. TaylorMade promised that their hybrids would be easier to hit, more forgiving and game improving. The best part of it all, is that they delivered on that promise. That’s why hybrids have been getting increasingly popular these last few years. Long irons, which require much more practicing to be hit properly, have mostly been displaced by hybrids. Sure, some professionals still use long irons because of their advantages in certain areas, but they also carry at least one hybrid in their bag thanks to hybrid clubs’ versatility on the golf course. Long irons may be more handy if you know how to hit them well and the surface is on your side, but in unpredictable game of golf, that’s rarely the case. More often than not, golfers don’t know how to swing long irons properly and golf balls land on the roughs. That’s exactly where hybrids shine and because of that, i think we can all agree that they deserve the popularity they have.
What’s the difference between hybrids, fairway woods and irons?
The name hybrid probably gives answer to this question away. Hybrids are strange (in good way) mix of fairway woods and irons. They have the best features of both, while avoiding worst qualities of those types of clubs successfully. In terms of looks, most hybrids are like long irons, which indicates that they are replacement for the clubs that they look like. One major difference between hybrids and these irons is the size of clubhead. Hybrids’ club heads are much larger and denser than those of irons. Because of this, designers of hybrids are able to tweak the design of club heads and move the weight around to create convenient center of gravity, so that the hybrids will be capable of launching higher and longer shots. Clubface itself is not round like that of 3-wood. Lofts of hybrids generally vary between 16 and 28 degrees, but you can find specimen that have lower loft setting than that. When comparing lofts, you should keep in mind that loft numbers of irons and hybrids should not be treated as same. A ball hit by the hybrid of certain loft will launch much higher and cover more distance than the ball hit by iron of the same loft. Not all of them are similar to long irons, there are hybrids that can replace fairway woods as well. Hybrids can be used from many different spots on the course, and many people surprisingly choose to use them to hit balls from fairway or, thanks to its useful design, even from fairway bunker. Because of this useful nature of hybrid clubs, some people call them utility clubs, which is fitting.
One way in which irons and hybrids don’t differ is the conventional design by manufacturers. Some hybrids are made for lefties as well, so if that’s your peculiarity, you can rest assured that you can find solid hybrid clubs to play with.