Edited by odshot68, 20 November 2012 - 07:50 AM.
Inherent Problems with 17/18 hybrid vs 18/19 fairway wood
Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:31 AM
Besides, the premise of a hybrid is really to produce an iron that can deal with coming out of the rough. I think hybrids as strong as 17*/18* are probably more like blade 2-irons in that they're limited. The idea with both of those club types isn't really to hit the ball high and hit gorgeous approach shots like you might see with a 4- or 5-iron. It's more of a driving iron or something you can use to advance the ball up around the green complex if you have a good lie.
lf you don't deal with a lot of penalizing rough where you need long shots, you probably don't need hybrids in general. I for example don't see a lot of deep rough where I play so I have had a hard time ever making hybrids stick in my bag. Generally they have been to hard to control and have been too directional.
Fairway woods launch higher and go straighter in my book so I'm more happy with those.
But when it's windy, I'll be the first to admit you really lose control of the 5w. It can become a joke. The other day for example, I hit a smash draw which I'd normally expect to get about 220 out of and I'll be darned if it didn't balloon and drop from the moon at 185 or so. That's the same distance my chunky 4-iron went, and I hit the 5w perfect!