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Hybrid golf clubs were developed in the late 1990s to simply help golfers hit higher, more accurate shots. They have gained popularity with a wide spectrum of players, including some top professionals. Although improved loft, not distance, was the clubs’ original goal, the potential distance a club can attain is usually an essential consideration.
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Hybrid clubs are numbered and are often designed to replace the iron with exactly the same number – as an example, a 3-hybrid would replace a 3-iron. However, an average golfer will more than likely hit the ball somewhat farther with a hybrid than by having an iron of exactly the same number.
Oftentimes, a hybrid will outperform the same-numbered iron by 5 to 8 yards. PGA professional Rick Martino, writing on the PGA website, says the hybrid’s lower and deeper center of gravity in accordance with an equivalent iron “allows for shots that carry a greater distance but roll less.”
The most distance a golfer can hit a ball with a specific club will be different widely, with regards to the golfer’s experience and skill. However, the LPGA estimates that men typically can hit a 3-iron or 3-hybrid no more than 170 to 220 yards, while women can hit exactly the same clubs no more than 125 to 180 yards.
The 4-iron and 4-hybrid estimates are 160 to 210 yards for men and 120 to 170 yards for women. The 5-iron and 5-hybrid ranges are 150 to 200 yards for men and 115 to 160 yards for women, whilst the 6-iron or 6-hybrid ranges are 140 to 190 yards for men and 110 to 150 yards for women.
Hybrid clubs tend to be more tolerant of mis-hits than their counterpart irons, so an everyday player will more than likely hit the ball farther, typically, with a hybrid when compared to a standard iron. While your longest 3-hybrid shot probably won’t travel much farther than your longest 3-iron shot, the average golfer will probably reach her peak distance more frequently with a hybrid than with a regular iron.
For a lot of players, therefore, it might seem sensible to replace a certain iron with the next-highest amount of hybrid – for instance, to replace a 3-iron with a 4-hybrid.
While hybrid clubs offer many advantages, they must be employed correctly. In the fairway, hybrid clubs should really be played as though they were irons, as opposed to woods. Set up with the ball in mid-stance and swing down on the ball, going for a divot just beyond the ball’s position.
Tee the ball up less than usual when utilizing a hybrid for your tee shot, with no greater than a quarter of the ball above clubhead level. When hitting a hybrid off the tee, swing as if you were hitting a fairway wood – with an even, sweeping motion – as opposed to hitting the ball on an upswing as you’d with a driver.