Often, hybrid clubs are called utility clubs. Both professional and amateur golfers welcome them because of the game-improving features they offer. These clubs are among the most well-known innovations in golfing equipment. A hybrid club combines the features of irons and woods, and in general, it can substitute for 2-, 3-, 4-, or 5-iron in a golfer’s bag. And as some say, compared to irons, hybrids are more forgiving of swing errors. Here are some other features of these innovative clubs:
The clubface of a hybrid has a sole that is as wide as that of a fairway wood. A lot of players are satisfied with fairway woods and choose to play with them than use bladed, thin long irons despite the effect on accuracy. A lot of golfers think that they need to swing hard when they use long irons, which could lead to a bad shot because it could mess up the timing of their swing. Well, with just a glance at the wide clubface of hybrid clubs, golfers get a boost in confidence.
Low Center of Gravity
A hybrid club’s center of gravity is toward the bottom and back of the club head. Golfers who have slower swing speeds would create a rounded swing, just as they would when using a fairway wood, sweeping the ball from the turf instead of having the need for a more precise and upright swing. Because of the lower center of gravity, the golf ball flies more easily. When hitting shots using hybrid clubs, players get a higher trajectory than when they use irons with the same degree of loft angle. Golf balls struck using a hybrid club are likely to go higher and hit the green more softly than those struck with 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-irons.
Flat, Hard Face
A hybrid clubface is flat, just like an iron, while a metal wood’s clubface has a little bulge or curve. Because a hybrid has a flat face, golfers would find it easier to strike the ball directly.
Like a fairway wood, the clubface of hybrid clubs is hard. This increases the possibility of achieving long distance shots, even when a golfer has a slow swing speed.
Hybrids and irons have a very similar shaft thickness, which is slightly wider than woods. In turn, the club would have less “twisting” at contact. Moreover, compared to shots hit with woods, hybrids have an improved accuracy.
Lighter and Shorter Length than Woods
Compared to a wood, a hybrid club is shorter in length, and compared to the iron it replaces, it typically has the same length or is a little longer. For instance, a traditional 5-wood is 42 inches, and the 2-iron, which is the iron it normally replaces, is usually 39 inches. A shorter shaft can also help boost the confidence of golfers since they sometimes find it hard to control the heavier, longer shafts of fairway woods.
Some hybrids are equipped with rails or bottom runners so it would be easier to sweep them along the turf and to slash through thick rough. Golfers who have a hard time powering an iron or a fairway wood through the rough will have an easier time if they’d use hybrid clubs.
Hybrid clubs allowed for the creation of a different, never-before-seen kind of shot-making. There are professionals on the PGA Tour who chip with their hybrids. The flat, wide sole of hybrids makes the horrendous “chili dip” almost impossible, and the thin loft angle makes the ball roll on the ground more quickly compared to when other clubs are used.