Hybrid clubs have become more and more popular over recent years and are now very much part of the modern golf bag whether you're a weekend warrior or a professional player. Essentially, they are a combination, a 'hybrid', of a fairway wood and a long iron.
Hybrids, sometimes referred to as utility clubs or rescue clubs, can be easier to hit from the fairway or rough than long irons or fairway woods, and many equipment manufacturers are now making sets of irons from 5-iron to pitching wedge to allow golfers to have room in their bag for one, two or more hybrids.
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Hybrids have club heads that are deeper than a regular iron, allowing manufacturers to place the centre of gravity further back from the face making it easier to get the ball airborne than when using a long iron. Also, their long, hollow club heads make it easier to hit from tough lies, and the narrow, smaller area on the face means there is less club to get snagged in longer grass.
Hybrids create less ball spin than a fairway wood but more than an iron which means they are more likely to stop approach shots into greens than an equivalent iron, and the design of the head is also suited to various lies around the green.
Loft: Hybrid loft angles tend to reflect the lofts of longer irons, and usually range between 18 and 27 degrees, while the size and construction of hybrid heads and shaft lengths mean they will mirror the yardage of a long iron more than a fairway wood.
Shaft: The majority of hybrids will come fitted with a graphite shaft to reduce weight and add distance, and, unlike a fairway wood, hybrids are shorter and closer in length to a long iron. Hybrids will typically be around two to three inches shorter than a fairway wood with the same loft. This gives you more control over your shots.
Adjustability: Manufacturers are now making hybrids which offer adjustability. Most adjust loft, offering a range of 3 to 5 degrees, to best suit the distance or flight you need. Some models may also allow changes to the face angle to offer an open, closed or neutral look at address. Few offer adjustable weights, but some do have interchangeable weights in the sole allowing golfers to adjust the club's centre of gravity.