Hybrid clubs can be seen hanging on the beams in the golf shops everywhere because of its increasing popularity. The hybrid club is a cross between a fairway wood and long iron. If you do not have this type of club yet and you are still struggling with using 2- or 3-iron, this article explains the reasons why you must consider getting one for your collection of golfing equipment.
The hybrid club has some advantages over the conventional long iron. Many golfers carry 2-, 3-, or 4-iron because they want to hit USGA’s 14-club limit.
Club Head Design
The long iron has changed from having a blade design to having a cavity back style. The latter has an even thickness from toe to heel, so you would have a greater force at impact compared to when you’re using a blade-type club (in which the very center of the clubface has to be struck for a strong impact as the blade becomes thinner near the heel and toe).
Hybrid clubs are built with a huge amount of perimeter weighting so the club head design is bigger and hollower than that of the cavity back iron. Thus, if you are inclined to striking the clubface off-center (toe or heel), you will have a much more consistent impact than the other clubs. Moreover, most hybrid designers have included a “roll and bulge” into the club face, which refers to the face progression’s slight roundness from heel to toe.
The reason for this is that if you strike the ball off the heel (for right-handed players), it would create spin back to the right because of its gear effect. Alternatively, if you strike the ball off the toe, it would create spin to the left.
The conventional iron has a very slim bottom or sole, so it would allow the golf club to “dig” into the turf. If you swing it correctly, with your hands in front of the club head creating a downward strike on the golf ball, you can take the right turf and create spin on the ball. Unfortunately, most golfers are having difficulty striking using this method. They are more likely to hit long irons in an attempt to produce more lift to the golf ball. They are also inclined to strike with their hands at the back of the club-head at contact (aka “lifting motion”).
As a result, the slim sole of the iron would dig into the turf, with the turf usually flying further than the golf ball. The sole of hybrid clubs is much broader to lessen this issue. With a broader sole, the club head would “slide” along the turf, removing or reducing the possibility of getting a divot before hitting the ball. Moreover, because of the wider sole and bigger club head design of the hybrid, it has better weight distribution, allowing it to create more lift. Compared to the conventional iron, the hybrid produces a higher launch angle because it has a lower center of gravity.
Shaft and Length
The structure of conventional iron is made of steel shafts. On the other hand, most hybrid clubs are made of graphite shafts. Since graphite is normally lighter than steel, the golfer can swing the club faster and can produce more club head speed, creating a much higher spin rate on the ball. Most of the hybrids also have a lower flex point, resulting in much higher lift.
Without a doubt, there are many advantages to using hybrids. Still, before you invest in them, it would also be best to learn about their downsides.