Hybrids Benefit All Players
Monday, 19 May 2008 10:47 AM
Do not make the mistake of thinking that hybrids are meant solely for high handicap players. Hybrids are increasingly popular both on tour and at an amateur level. Hybrids have several benefits which can leave some clubs in your bag obsolete, and with a limit of 14 clubs in your bag this can be very useful.
Hybrids are mostly seen as a replacement for the long irons (1-3) and even some mid irons (4-6). By allowing a longer club with greater hitting area these clubs are both longer in distance and much more forgiving. Generally they can be played from the tee, fairway and make a perfect rescue club from the rough.
With the weight moved toward the back and sole of the club the ball is given a higher trajectory which allows easier approaches from distance and greater carrying distance compared with irons.
The club is also given the benefit of more perimeter weighting than an iron, yet keeps the same small profile of an iron. With the weight distributed around the perimeter, this means that the shots that impact away from the sweet-spot of the club go further than those from most irons, as well as straighter.