The development of the hybrid golf club has virtually revolutionized the golf club manufacturing industry to the point that the typical eight- or nine-iron set of clubs is, if not quite endangered, definitely threatened. Hybrid clubs combine all the best qualities of both fairway woods and long irons while attempting to avoid the negatives of both. Slide one or more of these clubs into your bag and you’ll see what all the fuss is about.
The long irons–the two, three and four–have long been considered the toughest clubs in the bag for most amateur golfers. But up until the past several years, amateurs didn’t really have an option for replacing these clubs, which cost them so many shots so far from the green. Hybrid clubs are that option. A hybrid with 18, 22 or 24 degrees of loft can easily replace longer irons. Many players find the hybrids so easy to use, they’ve been replacing their higher lofted irons too. Wedgewood Golf, a hybrid club manufacturer from Minneapolis, offers a full selection of hybrids all the way up to a lob wedge. Compared to traditional irons and wedges, hybrids will produce a higher ball flight with more back-spin, resulting in a nice soft landing on the green.
Replace Fairway Woods
With their wider soles, heavier heads and longer shafts, amateur golfers have had a tough time controlling fairway woods for generations. With the hybrids on the market, many if not most players have begun augmenting their sets or outright replacing four-, five- and seven-woods with these shorter, lighter and easier-to-hit clubs. Hybrids provide more control and produce a higher trajectory. No level of play is immune, with even some elite players replacing their fairway woods with hybrids.
Tall grass is always a challenge. With the extra weight and control, hybrid clubs are a perfect choice for hitting shots out of the rough. The sharp front edge of the club cuts through the grass, and the mass behind the sweet spot helps the ball into the air with velocity that only a perfectly executed shot with a fairway wood or long iron could generate. Many senior golfers who have troubles generating high club-head speed find the hybrids to be a great advantage. Golfer with arm and back problems find hybrids make it easier to get the club head through the ball putting less wear and tear on the body than when using traditional irons.
Even out of a perfect lie, the hybrid club has a wider sweet spot than a long iron. With a shorter shaft than the average fairway wood, the hybrid is much more controllable. All of this combines to make it more likely to hit the sweet spot and launch a high, straight shot at the flag. Why make things harder than they have to be? The Wedgewoods hybrid design also incorporates “face-forward” technology where the front edge of the face pulls out in front of the hosel. This makes the Wedgewoods practically impossible to “shank”.
Hybrids have opened up a whole new area of shot-making that never existed before. Even on the PGA Tour, you see pros chipping with their hybrid clubs. The wide, flat sole makes the dreaded “chili dip” nearly impossible, and the shallow loft gets the ball rolling on the green more quickly than other clubs. And the ball needs to be rolling to go into the hole. Out of fairway bunkers hybrid technology will allow the club head to slide through the sand and get the ball air-born. Struggling with your traditional sand wedge out of greenside bunkers? Try a high lofted hybrid, the long flat sole and lower center of gravity will help you get the ball up and out more often than not. Try these shots. You’ll like them.