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2017 Golf Hybrids
Hybrids, or rescue clubs, are put into a golfers’ bag to replace those harder to hit irons in the set, typically the 3, 4 and 5. Hybrids are very forgiving, offering a consistency from the rough which makes them the ideal choice for players working with a difficult iron.
The best description for a hybrid club is that it’s a cross between an iron and a wood with dual characteristics. Hybrids have easy to hit properties associated with fairway woods and are built with a larger, more forgiving head.
Another reason to have a hybrid in the bag is that they are far and away easier to hit from poor lies and rough – freeing the golf ball more often from tight sports with relative ease.
If you would like to learn more about hybrids, such as how to achieve greater accuracy or trajectory, then visit any of our American Golf stores and speak to our PGA Pros, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Golfers playing a high handicap benefit from having a hybrid in their bag, as is recommended, but not essential. Players with a high handicap have at least a 3 and 4 hybrid to replace the 3 and 4 irons, as this helps shape shots and correct their trajectory. Unless proficient at striking the golf ball, most high-handicap golfers won’t miss the irons when removed from their set. Also, at this level, it’s good practice to use a graphite shaft with regular flex, and senior or lady golfers can use the senior (A) flex or L flex, respectively.
Hybrids are designed to be easily hit from the fairway or rough, offering a wealth of models on the market to choose from. And seeing as pretty much all hybrids are of high standard, it’s safe to say the decision will be left largely up to which brand a golfer prefers to have in their bag, rather than whether the golf club can do a good job. A selection of some good all-rounders such as the Cobra Golf King F7 Hybrid, Mizuno Golf JPX900 Hybrid and Callaway Golf Steelhead XR Hybrid will give golfers good distances to suit any high-handicapper.
Golfers with a mid-handicap should have no issues using a hybrid club. A good idea is to use place a 2 hybrid into the bag, depending on how well it goes fairway woods. 2 hybrids are great alternatives to a 5 or 7 wood model.
When it comes to picking shafts. it is up to the golfer what they want, as steel and graphite are the only options here, although steel shafts are preferred due to matching the irons already in the bag, but graphite shafts offer the benefits of being lighter and longer, and can achieve larger club head speeds.
Low handicappers will be comfortable playing their long irons and may see no benefit in trading them in for a hybrid club. There is no hard and fast rule here, so if you’re happy with your current set-up, then don’t change anything and keep on golfing! However, some of the world’s biggest golf professionals have begun to adopt a hybrid golf club into their set on the golf course, replacing their 2 and 3 irons, and this can be a positive change for some players. The higher trajectory achieved using hybrids allows players to execute softer landings than what they would have managed with an iron, so consider this when it's time for a golf club upgrade.
New season gear and classic models which simply cannot be retired, are available now at American Golf, and we have a wide selection of golf hybrids old and new to meet your requirements on the golf course.