Hybrid clubs, Utility clubs,
Rescue clubs – whatever you call them - they are a lot easier to hit than
1: What are they?
2: When can they be used?
3: Do I need one?
4: Which loft hybrid will be best?
What are they?
In simple terms, a cross between a
fairway wood and an
iron. They are relatively new
kids on the block –
started the recent trend with their Rescue clubs (they still call their hybrid
clubs Rescues) about 10 years ago – but now all the manufacturers are making
Traditional long irons – that is the 1, 2 3 or 4 irons – are pretty difficult
to get airborne and hit consistently well – most golfers struggle with them
– particularly with 1 and 2 irons which nowadays tend only to be used by the
very best players. Hybrid clubs
replace these longer irons – and make life on the course just a little easier
for most of us.
When can they be used?
When you’ve still got a long way to the green. For most male golfers that
would perhaps be 170 yards or more.
Hybrids are very versatile
– they can be used off the fairway, from the rough - or off the tee.
Remarkably, some players – notably
Todd Hamilton when he
won the British Open in 2004 using his
Sonartec MD Transition
use hybrids for chipping around the green as well. But perhaps that’s confusing
things. Back to the long game which is what hybrids were designed for...
Do I need one?
You’re 200 yards to the green having just hitting a beautiful drive. Now,
be honest, are you relishing the thought of pulling our your 3 iron? No? Well
join the club! The reason most of us don’t relish the prospect is because we
don’t generate enough clubhead speed to get enough height from a traditional
So we try and hit it as hard as we can to compensate – and invariably end
up scuffing it, duffing it, hooking it – unless you’re one of the less than
5% of golfers who have a single-figure handicap, you’ll know what we’re talking
about. So this is where hybrids
come in. They are ‘deeper’ face-to-back than a normal iron, which gives manufacturers
the ability to place the centre of gravity (ie weight) further back from the
face – and the further back the CG, the easier to get the ball airborne.
They are also great from the rough - traditional irons with their more angular
edges can snag in the grass, twisting the clubhead off-target –
hybrids more resemble a
wood, with smoother edges which reduce drag through thick grass.
But I’m a decent golfer. Do I still need one?
Well, it’s not compulsory! – but even the best players in the world are now
using hybrids – Phil Mickelson,
Sergio Garcia to name just
a few. Tiger Woods is one
of the few top-flight players who doesn’t use a hybrid. But then he is Tiger
What would my bag make-up look like with a hybrid?
Well, you might consider replacing the 3 and/or 4 irons with a
hybrid - and the rest of
the bag might be fairly standard - comprising a
driver, a traditional 3 wood,
and then a 4 through to sand wedge and perhaps a lob or gap wedge along with
Some people might carry 2 hybrids to cover both the 2-3 iron range as well
as the 4-5 iron range – this set-up is particularly popular with lady and senior
golfers. Indeed, it’s not uncommon to see ladies’ sets which are almost exclusively
made up of hybrids – covering virtually all the irons in the bag apart from
the short irons and wedges.
Which loft hybrid will be best?
This really depends on which irons you want the
hybrid to replace. Most
of the manufacturers denote the iron number the
hybrid is supposed to replace
on the club – for example,
‘2’ stamped on the base of the 17 degree version of their very popular
– to denote that club replaces the 2 iron.
Stamp 2 on the 16 degree equivalent from their
Rescue Mid Range.
one of the few major manufacturers which denote only by loft. Inevitably there
is some overlap between the manufacturers, but we’ve put together this rough
guide to help:
Hybrid and Iron Loft Comparison
We hope this brief guide has helped understand some of the factors that go
into deciding which utility is best for you.
There’s no substitute for trying a few out and seeing what suits you best.
All Golfbidder’s clubs comes with a
No Risk Trial Period.
Try one that seems to fit the bill, if it’s not an improvement on your current
utility, simply send it back for a full refund – or try something else.
If you need any further help or advice, feel free to
contact our PGA-qualified Customer
Telephone: +44 (0)208 401 6901
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