Once considered somewhat of a novelty, hybrids, or hybrid irons, continue to have an impact on the equipment world, and your game.
These formerly tagged “game improvement” clubs, are now in the bags of even the best players in the world. Their drawing power comes from the fact that they are simply easier to hit than traditional long irons, which most of us struggled with for years.
Hybrids are now offered as integral parts of a complete set of irons by some companies. They make the game easier for mid- to high-handicappers because they are designed to get the ball airborne with greater ease from a variety of lies, as well as provide the distance we need when faced with long approach shots or beefy par-threes.
Around since the 1990’s, hybrids incorporate new metals and materials that have allowed designers to create a larger sweet spot on the clubface, and enhance the moment of inertia to help keep the ball on line with the target. Hybrids are equipped with lighter weight shafts that allow the player to generate greater swing speeds that produce longer distance. A lower center of gravity in today’s hybrids assists the player in getting the ball into the air, a crucial design element.
Let’s take a look at the hybrids that continue to change the game for the better at all levels.