Hybrids Buying Guide
Hybrids are designed to be a transitional club between fairway woods and irons. They are easier to hit than traditional long irons because of their lower profiles, wider soles, and lower center of gravity. They also deliver big distance and plenty of forgiveness. For these reasons, golfers like to have at least one or more hybrids in their bag. It’s all about making the game easier. So add a couple new hybrids from tgw.com to your golf arsenal and watch your scores drop.
Loft is the angle of the clubface in relation to the ground. On tgw.com you will find many hybrids with varying lofts. A low-lofted hybrid (14° to 17°) is ideally suited to replace your 3-wood or your 5-wood. This club is easier to hit than a long iron off the fairway. If you use a 5-wood or a 7-wood, a moderate-lofted hybrid (18° to 22°) can replace either one of those clubs and can also be substituted for a 3- or 4-iron. Hybrids built with higher lofts (23° to 28°) often work well off of tight lies or when the golf ball is sitting down in the rough. That is, if you’re willing to sacrifice a little distance for consistency and confidence. Higher-lofted hybrids can replace a 9-wood, but more often replace a 4- or 5-iron depending on how far you hit your clubs.
Club lengths are equal to or slightly longer than traditional irons. Although they will vary among manufacturers, hybrids will generally increase in length from 38” on the shortest, highest loftest hybrid, to 41” on the longest, lowest lofted hybrid.
Materials & Size:
Hybrids are most often made from stainless steel, a strong and relatively inexpensive material. A hybrid has a head that is larger and heavier than the head of an iron, but remains smaller than the head of a wood.
Five Questions To Ask Yourself:
Before you start looking for hybrids on tgw.com, here are a few questions you may already be asking yourself, and might be helpful to know the answers to as you start comparing one hybrid to another.
- Do I need a hybrid club?
The short answer is yes. Over the past few years, hybrid golf clubs have become extremely popular among golfers worldwide. In fact, over half of professional golfers carry at least one hybrid club in their bag. They can outperform a fairway wood in distance and standard irons in accuracy, revolutionizing the way golfers play. Most importantly, hybrids are easier-to-hit than the club they replaced.
- What are the types of hybrid clubs?
At tgw.com, you’ll find hybrid woods (also referred to as utility woods or rescue woods) and hybrid irons. Hybrid woods are best utilized in tight spots, in roughs, or under trees because their head is slightly smaller than a non-hybrid wood, but larger than an iron.
- Why are hybrid irons so popular?
Traditional irons have a small head, making it more difficult to find the sweetspot. Their long shafts can also make the swing harder to control. Instead of negotiating that, golfers might turn to a wood. The problem is that a wood is designed for distance, and when the hole is in sight, as it would be if you looked to an iron first, distance isn’t the priority. So you’re stuck between a hazard and a hard place. The hybrid iron was designed for just this scenario. The head is closer to the size of a wood, giving you a larger margin for error and the feel remains similar, which eases the transition from non-hybrids to hybrids. Also, hybrid irons produce a higher trajectory which results in better accuracy.
- How do I go about replacing specific clubs with hybrids?
When buying hybrid clubs, it’s best to use the equivalent hybrid to replace a non-hybrid club. In other words, replace the 2-iron with a hybrid 2-iron. This keeps your set of clubs complete and makes it easier to predict the distance capability of each club in your bag.
- How much do I want to spend?
Your budget plays a part in dictating the club you choose. The most expensive club may or may not be the right one for you. Very few golfers can fill their bags entirely with premium clubs. The goal should be finding clubs that feel the best and enable you to perform at the highest level. Remember, tgw.com extends a 30-Day Playability Guarantee on many of our clubs, so if you buy one you’re unhappy with, you can return it.
Most modern hybrids are equipped with graphite shafts because they’re lighter and produce a faster clubhead speed. They also dampen the vibrational feedback on mishit shots that can sting your hands. Steel shafts are heavier and provide more vibrational feedback. If you want a specific shaft, look for one low in torque and low in frequency (flexibility).
How To Shop For Hybrids On TGW.com
Our website can help you choose the best golf hybrid(s) for you. Just type “hybrids” in the search box and then refine your search by brand or price. The website will narrow the field of products based on your selection. You can also click on the “Equipment” tab and select “Mens Woods.” From there, you can narrow the search results by clicking on “utility/hybrid” underneath the “Models” category. Other filters such as “Loft” and “Price” allow you to further refine your search.