Hybrid Golf Clubs - Why the fuss?
What's up with these new hybrid golf clubs? Everyone is talking about
them these days. Are they really the game saver that all the hype seems
to say? The fact is, hybrid type clubs have been around a long time. They used
to go by names like "baffler" and "rescue clubs" or just plain utility woods. So are
hybrid golf clubs really something new? Well, yes and no.
The hybrid as we know it today was actually developed with the help of
Gary McCord, the TV announcer and former PGA pro. He saw his golf
buddies back home struggling with their long irons, so he thought maybe
something could be done to make them easier to hit. He went to his
sponsor, TaylorMade and suggested they come up with something new.
The result was the TaylorMade Rescue - the first of a new breed of
hybrid golf club. So what did they do to make this new hybrid golf club?
Well, it's called a "hybrid" because it a combination of a wood and an
iron. They basically took an iron shaft and put a new kind of head on
it. That head would have features of a wood. Features like a wide sole,
low-back center of gravity, and more mass. So what's so different about
that? Why not just get a 5 or 7 wood.
The big difference is that shaft. The loft of a 2 iron and a 5 wood may
be about the same...but the shafts are way different.
The shaft length on a 2 iron for an average height player is about 39
inches. The length on a 5 wood is about 42 inches. Hybrids golf clubs
are somewhere in between. A longer club will always go farther because a
longer club will produce more clubhead speed. That extra speed will also
tend to make the ball go higher. The problem with that extra speed is it
can make the club harder to control.
Iron shafts are also thicker than wood shafts. I bet you didn't realize
that. Not a lot (.03 inches), but enough to make the shaft more stable
which adds up to a bit more accuracy.
Here's the bottom line.
Compared to a comparably lofted wood, a hybrid golf club is:
Compared to the same long iron, a hybrid golf club is:
easier to hit because the head has more mass and a lower center of
will make the ball go higher, carry further and land softer
better out of sand and bad lies
So which ones to buy?
Today's hybrid clubs are actually quite varied. In addition to a choice
of lofts, you can also get different sole widths and face heights. You
can get lengths that are longer than standard irons and shorter or just
as long as woods.
In short, some hybrids offered are more like fairway woods and some are
more like irons. Just remember the basic rules of club design...the
lower and farther back the center of gravity, the higher the ball will
tend to fly. The longer the shaft the farther the ball will go but that
extra length may make it harder to control. Remember to make your
selection based on what your game needs not the manufacturers hype.
Price ranges for brands are in the $150 to $250 range. You can find
custom clone versions for under $50.
Give those hybrids a try. They're bound to help your game.
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