The sport of golf is constantly evolving as new technologies and pieces of equipment become parts of the game. Hybrids are one of the more recent additions to the increasingly vast library of golf gear. Offering a combination of a long iron and a fairway wood, hybrid clubs are aimed at golfers of all abilities and experience levels. As players were constantly being forced to switch back and forth between woods and irons, club manufacturers realized that hybrids could solve a lot of problems and simplify the game for many players.
Nowadays, there are a lot of different hybrids to choose from and many golfers, particularly inexperienced players, can find it hard to select the hybrid or hybrids that suit their game. That’s why today we’ll be offering some advice that should help you make the right decisions the next time you decide to buy a hybrid club. While still a new section to this website, our library of Hybrid reviews will fill up over the next two weeks.
Finding a Hybrid That Fits Your Golf Game
There are a lot of different hybrids out there with different styles and performance levels. In fact, the hybrid market has developed so much in recent times that players are now finding themselves with whole sets of hybrids to replace their various irons. These clubs can come in all sorts of forms to suit a myriad of playstyles and experience levels, but the most common type of hybrid you’ll be seeing out on the green is generally known as a Utility or Rescue Club.
This hybrid is designed with a wooden-style and an elongated head, allowing for easier escapes from tough ground. The club is simpler to use than a traditional fairway wood or long iron and the head is designed in such a way to prevent the club getting tangled in patches of grass. So, if you find yourself being stuck in the rough and unable to escape often, this sort of hybrid will certainly help your game.
In terms of spin, hybrids generally offer a good compromise between fairway woods and long irons. This means that a typical hybrid should give you less spin than a wood, but a bit more than an iron. That little bit of extra spin when compared to irons can make a huge difference and makes these sorts of clubs well-suited to players who don’t have the fastest swings.
Hybrid Shape, Length, and Degrees
Everybody is familiar with Adams Tight Lies. This was the first hybrid club to truly master giving a fairway wood enough forgiveness to be usable anywhere on the course, including the rough. You can find our thoughts on the latest installment of this classic club in our Tight Lies review.
Meanwhile, the shape and length of the club head makes hybrids better-suited to a wider range of shots. They offer a higher level of forgiveness and can make shots from fringe areas easier to pull off. Overall, a hybrid will give you a greater level of control and a lower risk of encountering any unfortunate mishits.
As we have previously discussed, hybrids are ideal upgrades over traditional long irons for many players. This can also be seen in the levels of loft they offer. You’ll find that most hybrids are set around 18 to 27 degrees, which offers quite a good range to suit a wide variety of swings and players. In addition, the sort of loft you’ll get from an average hybrid is almost identical to the loft of a long iron. So you won’t be losing out on any height by making the switch from long irons to hybrids. You can even hybrids set to higher lofts which can adequately replace your mid irons.
However, the important thing to note is that you need to be careful when making the change. You shouldn’t go from a 23-degree long iron or a 23-degree fairway wood to a 23-degree hybrid and expect the exact same shot every time. The clubs are simply not the same, so you might need to move a couple of degrees in one direction or another, but hybrids will generally offer pretty similar results to irons.
Finding the Right Shaft for Your Hybrid
Now let’s take a look at the shaft of your hybrid. Most of the popular hybrids out there come fitted with graphite shafts that provide you with a bit of extra energy and less overall weight on the club. The classic Utility Club actually has a much shorter length (about two or three inches shorter) than a fairway wood, making hybrids once again much closer to irons than woods. Shorter clubs give greater control, so hybrids are ideally-suited to people who are looking for a bit more forgiveness and a boost in accuracy.
This leads us onto the idea of adjustability, since many of the latest hybrids are now arriving with this vital feature. This all depends on your own game, but you can hybrids with adjustable lofts and faces, along with the presence of adjustable weights to change the center of gravity of your club. All of these features allow you to use the same club for a wide variety of shots and change it to suit your swing, so it’s definitely worth looking for an adjustable hybrid.
Let’s now compare hybrids to driving irons to see which one is best as this is a question many golfers pose. Driving irons are, as the name suggests, larger long irons that are well-suited to driving. They are great for players with fast swings and offer minimal amounts of spin. The design of the head makes for a club that compares well to a hybrid as it tends to offer a more accurate shot with lower levels of loft. These clubs usually come fitted with steel shafts that provide some nice accuracy and forgiveness that can match most hybrids. Overall, these clubs aren’t worlds apart but you need to decide on the sort of golf you’ll be playing to decide between them.
Driving irons are well suited for players with good swing speeds and offer an accurate shot, particularly when hit off the tee. Meanwhile, hybrids are perhaps more multi-functional and offer an excellent alternative to long irons, with plenty of accuracy and forgiveness, along with the undisputed advantage of adjustability. Overall, the choice is yours but there are clearly quite a few factors to consider when looking for the right hybrid.