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18 degree 5 wood vs. 19 degree hybrid


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Posted 03 February 2007 - 10:50 AM

Topic says it all. I have a 15 degree 3 wood and a 19 degree hybrid. I was considering getting an 18 degree 5 wood to rotate in and out of the bag depending on the course. What are the pros and cons.


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Posted 03 February 2007 - 11:36 AM

Hybrid pros: easier to hit and control, money out of the rough and fairway bunkers
Hybrid cons: loss of distance, possible lower trajectory and not as soft a landing on approach shots

5W pros: easier off the tee, more distance, softer landing on approach shots
5W cons: longer shaft harder to control, not a good choice out of bunkers and rough

I have an Adams Idea Pro hybrid bent to 17.5* from 18* (yes, Adams will do this for you) and can get 5 wood distance.  Approach shots also check up nicely.

Edited by moecat, 03 February 2007 - 11:36 AM.


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Posted 03 February 2007 - 12:13 PM

i am considering replacing fairway woods with hybrids.  i never hit a fairway wood off the tee, its either a driver or iron.  

would a good rule of thumb be - for equal distance a hybrid minus one degree equals a the fairway wood.

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 12:19 PM

 amishman, on Feb 3 2007, 12:13 PM, said:

i am considering replacing fairway woods with hybrids. i never hit a fairway wood off the tee, its either a driver or iron.

would a good rule of thumb be - for equal distance a hybrid minus one degree equals a the fairway wood.




That's a pretty good rule of thumb - your swing, the clubhead's center of gravity and the shaft may or may not prove to be exceptions to the rule.

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 05:49 PM

generally speaking would a hybrid give you more distance than an iron of equal loft?


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Posted 03 February 2007 - 05:51 PM

 amishman, on Feb 3 2007, 05:49 PM, said:

generally speaking would a hybrid give you more distance than an iron of equal loft?




yes because of the longer shaft and much much easier to hit

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 05:56 PM

 amishman, on Feb 3 2007, 05:49 PM, said:

generally speaking would a hybrid give you more distance than an iron of equal loft?

Yes.

If the loft is constant , then distance generaly increases with the length of the shaft:  fwy wood shaft is longer than hybrid shaft;  hybrid shaft is longer than irons shaft.  

CofG is also important:  if loft is constant, then iron has higher CofG than the Hybrid; the hybrid has higher CofG than the fwy wood.




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