Golf Gear Select has added another product to our growing list of golf equipment, Hybrid clubs. I thought it was fitting to add an article explaining and emphasizing the importance of the hybrid golf club. If you think only golfers that can’t hit long irons are the only ones carrying hybrids, think again. The vast number of the PGA tour players now have a hybrid in their bag!
Most golfers already know that hybrid golf clubs are a great alternative for those torturous long irons — 3, 4 and even 5 irons… get rid of them. Hybrids are easier to hit, longer, straighter, and provide more versatility than their iron counterparts.
First, if you are not using hybrid golf clubs, the burning question would have to be why not? What are you waiting for? Hybrids should be strongly considered for replacing many clubs in your bag and here’s a few reasons why.
Hybrids are easier to hit than irons, especially the longer irons. Why? First, longer irons have a relatively small sweet spot. In addition, the center of gravity is positioned much further back in hybrids. When the center of gravity is set back, it provides a higher launch angle resulting in a higher ball trajectory. Easier to hit.
Hybrid golf clubs are longer than their iron counterparts. Why? Again, the center of gravity plays a key role. Another often overlooked reason is shaft length — hybrids shafts are longer than their iron counterpart. For example, the average shaft length for a 3 iron is around 38.5″ while the equivalent 20 degree hybrid is 41″. Longer.
Hybrid golf clubs are straighter than irons. Why? Again, the larger sweet spot plays a big role, this provides a larger hitting area that results in more forgiveness. Straighter.
Hybrid golf clubs offer more versatility than irons. Why? Well, you can use a hybrid in a number of situations, out of fairway bunkers, “bump and runs,” long par 4 approach shots, long par 3’s, out of the rough, and even off the tee when accuracy is a premium. The list is almost endless. More versatile.
There are a number of very good hybrid makers. Some of the more popular hybrids come from Adams, Callaway, Ping, Taylormade, Cleveland and Nickent. There are a number of other manufacturers that make comparable hybrids but just may not have the marketing budget or, have put the R&D dollars in other areas — Bazooka, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Cobra, Mizuno, Nike, Tommy Armour, and Wilson to name a few. In upcoming articles, we will offer some insight and advice for some of these hybrids.
Today, it is rare to see even the most accomplished players not carry at least one hybrid — PGA tour players are even making the switch, you should too. If you haven’t tried one yet, you owe it to yourself to look at the hybrid golf club to improve your game.
Check out our great selection of hybrid clubs.