Simply put, a hybrid club is a fairway wood that is smaller in size and numbered like an iron. They are designed to take the place of long irons and have lofts in the 18 degree to 30 degree range. Because hybrids have a wider sole and lower center of gravity, they end up being easier to hit than their respective irons. Hybrids are also effective when playing shots out of rough and longer grass.
You would replace your irons with hybrids in the following fashion…
2 Iron – 17-19 degrees – 2 Hybrid (similar to a #5 wood)
3 Iron – 20-22 degrees – 3 Hybrid (similar to a #7 wood)
4 Iron – 23-25 degrees – 4 Hybrid (similar to a #9 wood)
5 Iron – 26-28 degrees – 5 Hybrid
6 Iron – 29-31 degrees – 6 Hybrid
Most sets of clubs now days don’t even come with a 3 iron anymore. They come 4 iron through sand wedge, and good luck finding a 2 iron. They have recognized that most weekend golfers just simply do not need long irons anymore. I am an instructor, and one of the first things I look at with my students is the clubs they are playing with. Not the brand, but the configuration. If I notice that they have a 2 or 3 iron, I will ask them what there least favorite club is. Any guess on what it might be? You got it, there 2 or 3 iron. So why are so many of us still playing with these clubs?
If you have any questions regarding hybrid clubs, please contact me personally.
Good luck, Joshua