What are Hybrid clubs?
These clubs feature the desirable characteristics of two other golf clubs—irons and woods. These clubs have the swing mechanism of irons and the better distance provided by woods.
Long irons are difficult to hit due to their low trajectory and their small low-loft clubhead. On the other hand, woods have difficult swing mechanics. Fairway woods have long shafts which require lots of space to swing. You could say that hybrids offer the best of both worlds.
Features of Hybrid clubs
Hybrids’ head and face are similar to those of woods. They have a shallow and slightly curved face like a fairway wood. Hybrids are, however, even shallower and their face does not expand backwards. Hybrids’ face has a trampoline effect which makes the ball bounce; their clubface deforms and then returns to its original shape. This feature allows for greater distance.
Hybrids are similar to irons in terms of the length and weight, and in the lie angle. Some manufacturers make hybrids by incorporating the face of the woods into irons. This is acceptable as long as the hybrids feature a low center of gravity farther from the face, making it easier to send the ball higher into the air.
Hybrids have behaviors that are different from those of irons and woods. Their head design, which is very close to that of fairway woods, leads to greater impact on the golf ball. The loft of hybrids’ head is higher than woods and irons of the same number. Because of this, there is an increase in the angle of launch and the backspin of the ball.
The increased backspin creates a flight path that is similar to higher-loft irons. The ball will be able to lift itself in the air with its flight line. The drop then becomes sharper onto the turf. The ball’s momentum will also be sharply arrested at the point of impact.
Golfers have to know the behavior of the different kinds of clubs in order to determine which one to use. For example, a hole has a hazard in front of the green. A fairway wood, long iron, or driver shot will roll a lot depending on the distance in the air. For this scenario, a golfer usually opts for a mid-iron shot to lay the ball up in front of the hazard and then hit an approach shot.
What other golfers might not know is hybrids can allow them to hit a shot to the green which carries full distance in the air. The shot will stick to the green close to the impact point. They will only need to make one stroke to get on the green using this new innovation in golf technology.
When to use Hybrid clubs
Hybrids with clubheads similar to those of woods are used for long shots. Golfers usually use hybrids for shots where long-irons are appropriate but uncomfortable to use. Hybrids are also used as direct replacements for fairway woods when the player is faced with a tricky situation like tight lies.
Hybrid lofts can be compared to a 3-iron and 4-iron. In ladies’ and seniors’ golf, they are also equivalent to 5-iron. Hybrids are generally a replacement for long-irons, especially when shots are to be made from deep within trees and high grass. The angle of flight of a wood-faced hybrid will be able to punch out through low branches, and the sole will skim instead of cutting into high grass.
Golfers can also perform a short “bump and run” using hybrids when their ball lies near the green. In this case, the ball will roll like a putt.
How to choose a golf club
•Determine your budget
Before thinking how much you are willing to spend, think of your purpose in playing golf first. Will it be just a hobby to you and you are not planning to level up your game? Do you want to be so good at playing golf and eventually turn pro? By asking yourself these questions, you will know what golf equipment you’ll be needing. You can opt for the cheap choices if you’ll just play golf as a pastime.
Next, you will have to determine how much you can spend (or you are willing to spend) on your golf clubs. You should stick to your budget. Even if you do have a limited budget, rest assured that you can find a quality club that you may use whenever you play a round of golf. There are a lot of golf equipment manufacturers who offer great deals for essential golf equipment.
You can find different golf club reviews online. Many sites do reviews on drivers, long-irons, fairway woods, and hybrid clubs. Read these reviews and find which items fall on your price range and match your current game state. You can also find reviews on golf magazines. These experts’ opinions will help you narrow down your golf club choices.
•Ask for opinions
If you are already a member of a golf course club, then you can ask the opinions of your friends and co-members. You can also ask the opinions of salespeople and staff of professional golf equipment shops.
Do not hesitate to visit shop after shop to find which golf club will suit you. You can also compare the clubs with each other, paying attention to matters such as price and features.