If you follow golf on television or subscribe to golf magazines then you have likely witnessed the mounting discussion surrounding Hybrid Golf Clubs (sometimes referred to as utility or rescue clubs) clubs. The buzz is starting to spread, and you are starting to hear more about Hybrid Golf Clubs because they are becoming the hottest and most popular club to carry in your bag. Unlike some clubs that are specifically designed for certain players or skill levels, hybrids are suited for both, recreational players and touring pros. More below…
ZR 3.0 Hybrids
The ZR3.0 hybrids are designed to give you optimal performance on shots out of the rough and fairway alike. They are also a great option for golfers who need help getting out of trouble every once in a while, too. High quality stainless heads provide the durability that you expect and contribute to performance as well.
Pinemeadow Excel EGI Hybrids
Each hybrid features a nice balance of weight throughout the entire club head that increases and widens the sweet spot. The shape of the club head allows you to use these clubs from various lies, good or bad.
These hybrids feature a low profile face which allows you to get the ball up out of any type of lie. The versatility of a hybrid is second to none, so they can be used off the tee and all the way up to chipping around the fringe of the green.
Secret Weapon Hybrids
The Secret Weapon is the perfect hybrid for any golfer’s arsenal! Designed for superior control and optimal launch on your mid- to long-range shots. The hybrid features a “V” sole designed to attack the buried lies or shots from the rough at long distances.
The word hybrid means something that is of mixed origin or composition. In golf, they have taken ideologies of both a wood and iron design and combined them, to manufacture some of the most forgiving and easiest clubs to hit to date. Features you will find on the hybrid are:
- Flatness of the face on the hybrid wood. Woods have a curve on the face but the hybrids are flat just like an iron.
- Weighting that is distributed throughout the club like an iron or fairway wood. Most woods have the focus of the weight distributed towards the front.
- A wide sole like a fairway wood, with a club length similar to an iron rather than a wood.
The main idea behind the hybrid wood is to be interchangeable and utilize the characteristics of both an iron and a wood. The resultant club is typically easier to hit with less effort than a traditional long and lower lofted iron. The term “long iron” normally describes all the clubs from a two iron through five.
There are multiple reasons why many recreational golfers struggle with long iron shots and the goal of the hybrid wood is to make it easier for you. The most common problems are:
- Not being able to make a complete shoulder turn on the backswing.
- Swinging too hard and throwing off tempo.
- Lower lofted clubs are harder to hit.
The elite players who do all the right things with long irons save strokes during the average round, but the majority of players struggle with them, and now have an alternative in the hybrid club. The long narrow face and a wide sole of hybrid clubs utilizes a low center of gravity cog, which helps players with slower swing speeds launch the ball with little effort, making a hybrid club similar to playing a wood in that it lends itself to the sweeping style swing rather than picking the ball off the turf with greater effort and a traditional iron. Effectively, all players benefit, but particularly grateful are those players who have lost swing speed due to age, injury or other physically conditions that have prevented them from making a full shoulder turn on the backswing. Hybrids allow for a shorter back swing while launching the same distance you are use to experiencing with a wood.
The face of a hybrid is manufactured out of harder 17-4 stainless steel, similar to a fairway wood, which helps with the ball compression and forgiveness of the club. The hardness of the metal allows a slower swing speed to produce distance that you would normally see with a faster swing speed. Not only will you see longer distances from the hybrid wood you should see more accuracy because the hybrid allows for a greater margin for error. All this from a club that is shorter and lighter than its performance-matching counterparts.
Many players using Hybrids are not only replacing long irons but are using them as fairway woods as well. Some of the loft angles on Hybrid clubs match those of a 3 and 5 wood but since they are shorter, lighter and more versatile.
Hybrids are extremely versatile and can be used easily from the fairway, rough or tee, and they are a great stroke saver. If you suffer, as many do, from the long iron blues, you should consider a hybrid to compliment your game.