09/17/2013

Many golfers are talking about hybrid golf clubs these days and they think that they are something new.  The fact is that clubs similar to hybrids have been around a long time.  Originally they went by names such as baffler, utility woods or rescue clubs.

Renowned PGA Tour Player and television broadcaster Gary McCord saw that some of his friends that he played with while not on tour struggled to hit their long irons and thought maybe something could be done to make them easier to hit.  He approached his sponsor, TaylorMade and suggested that they come up with something new.  The result was the TaylorMade Rescue club.

The clubs are called “hybrids” because they are a combination of a wood and an iron.  They basically took an iron shaft and put a new kind of head on it.  That head would have the features of a wood.  The features included a wide sole, low-back center of gravity, and more mass.

The big difference is the shaft.  The loft of a 2-iron and a 5 wood may be about the same… but the shafts are way different.  The shaft length on a 2-iron for an average player is about 39 inches.  The length on a 5 wood is about 42 inches.  Hybrids are somewhere in between.

The longer club will always go further because a longer club will produce more clubhead speed.  That extra speed will also tend to make the ball go higher.  The problem with that extra speed is it can make the club harder to control.  Iron shafts are also thicker than wood shafts, which also makes them easier to control.

A hybrid club compared to a lofted wood is more accurate, it won’t go quite as far, and is easier to hit because it is shorter.

A hybrid club compared to a long iron is easier to hit because the head has more mass and a lower center of gravity, will make the ball go higher while carrying further and landing softer, and they are better out of the sand and bad lies.

There are many different hybrid clubs on the market today and I highly recommend that you give them a try.