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#1 Norboo

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 07:44 AM

Which is easier to hit?  which goes higher?


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 07:55 AM

Hybrids are generally easier to hit and can be hit higher than a 5-wood, at least in my case.  Saying that, I have friends that still prefer the 5-wood

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 07:57 AM

Which is easier to hit is very subjective but on the whole, a 5 wood goes higher.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 07:58 AM

The 5 wood is going to give you more run on the ground than a hybrid.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:02 AM

"Easier" is a tough question. In the winter in the South on dormant bermuda, my answer would be hybrids.  On lush fairways, the answer changes.  Same with when I'm swinging well vs. scraping it.

But I don't think there is any doubt when it comes to height; fairway woods launch higher than hybrids all other things equal.

In general, hybrids make a great replacement for long irons for pretty much all amateurs.  Whether or not hybrids are a good replacement for fairway woods is pretty much an individual matter.


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:15 AM

What loft hybrid? A 5-wood is easier to hit than a 16-degree hybrid, unless you have some sort of total mental block about hitting fairway woods. An 19-degree 5-wood vs. an 19-degree hybrid depends on your swing and preferences but the 19-degree hybrid won't replace the 5-wood distance-wise. I'd think most people would need a hybrid around 15 or 16 degrees to get anything like 5-wood distance and no way that is either easier to hit or higher flying than a distance-equivalent fairway wood.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:34 AM

5-wood 18* ( most manufacturers)3 wood 15*, if you like a 3* gap between long clubs go for it but if you want to keep your gaps consistent go hybrid 19/20. IMO hybrids are easier unless your gaming a 15-17*.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:35 AM

IMO it also has to do with swing speed, tempo and if you're a sweeper.

If I've got a high SS and a quick tempo, I might be able to rocket a 18*/19* hybrid to almost match a 5 wood. On the other hand, if I have a lower SS (like mine at 95) and a slower tempo (like mine), I do not have the mojo power to get a 18/19* hybrid anywhere near the 5 wood distance wise.

Also, if your more a sweeper, the 5 wood would suit you better IMO.
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:39 AM

I replaced a 19* 5 wood with a 17* Hybrid.  I find the Hybrid launches lower than the 5 wood higher.  The distances are the same for me, but remember the Hybrid is 17* vs. 19* 5 wood.  

What I like about the Hybrid vs. 5 wood and why I switched was that the hybrid is easier to control and flies straighter.  Maybe mainly because the shaft is shorter.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:45 AM

View PostIrishputter, on 29 March 2013 - 08:35 AM, said:

IMO it also has to do with swing speed, tempo and if you're a sweeper.

If I've got a high SS and a quick tempo, I might be able to rocket a 18*/19* hybrid to almost match a 5 wood. On the other hand, if I have a lower SS (like mine at 95) and a slower tempo (like mine), I do not have the mojo power to get a 18/19* hybrid anywhere near the 5 wood distance wise.

Also, if your more a sweeper, the 5 wood would suit you better IMO.

Same SS (95) and slower tempo, but not a sweeper (not a digger, but definetly mudd in the face if the grounds wet).... what do you guys think then?   I'm actually in this same situation and trying to decide.


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 10:29 AM

I carry a 2 iron and a 5 wood depending on which of two courses I play. 5 wood goes further, lands and has some run, far more accurate than a hybrid  for me. Hate hybrids. To each his own.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:03 AM

My 5w flies higher than a comparable hybrid.
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 12:22 PM

I use an 18* hybrid but I play it at 41.5 inches (my irons are +0.25 inches for reference) which allows me to launch it as high as a 5 wood.

For normal shots I usually grip down 0.25-0.5 inches on it to get a slightly lower ball flight but it's nice to be able to hit a high one when I need to.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:08 PM

5 woods go higher for me, and a touch longer. Hybrids with 18° or 19° of loft are easier to hit for me, but for me it is more difficult to find a specific hybrid model which really works than a fairway wood.
That being said, I am still extremely happy with my Cobra Baffler Pro 18° (ca 2007).

Edited by avrag, 29 March 2013 - 02:09 PM.

I see a gap. There definitely is a gap.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 04:30 PM

It used to be that a 5 wood flew higher...

Not so sure now...

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 05:01 PM

i think it has to do with if you're better with irons or woods. if you're better with irons go the hybrid route. i have a 16* hybrid that i swap out with an 18* 5w depending on my swing.

Edited by chiromikey, 29 March 2013 - 05:01 PM.


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:24 PM

I tried a 19* 5 wood, put it up against my Rescue 11 18*.  The 5 wood hit it a smidge further and a smidge higher, But the 5 wood only had 2 ball flights: high draw and high hook. With the hybrid, I can go high, low, left, or right. My choices, in order of preference, would be: Hybrid, GI 2 iron, blade 2 iron, 5 wood. My choices are based on versatility, and accuracy. Distance comes in third. If I were distance challenged, I would probably opt for the 5 wood then.
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 07:08 PM

I can not hit hybrids. I want to and have tried several but struggle to hit them solid and if I do it's a 40 yard hook. I hit 5 wood much better but it's actually longer than the yardage I want in that spot of the bag. I do have a mp fli hi 2 iron that I real well if that's considered a hybrid.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:14 AM

I've had a 19 Degree hybrid and a Currently play an 18 Degree 5 Wood. I feel more confident with the 5 Wood. I think in terms of Trajectory it depends on the Head (and shaft obviously) but my 5 Wood Certainly Goes higher so windy days will give me trouble (yesterday I hit it into the wind it barely went 200) but they do make smaller headed hybrids that produce a more penetrating ball flight all subject to your ball striking.
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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:19 AM

View PostFourmyle of Ceres, on 29 March 2013 - 08:15 AM, said:

What loft hybrid? A 5-wood is easier to hit than a 16-degree hybrid, unless you have some sort of total mental block about hitting fairway woods. An 19-degree 5-wood vs. an 19-degree hybrid depends on your swing and preferences but the 19-degree hybrid won't replace the 5-wood distance-wise. I'd think most people would need a hybrid around 15 or 16 degrees to get anything like 5-wood distance and no way that is either easier to hit or higher flying than a distance-equivalent fairway wood.
+1.....especially for those (like me) with average swing speed.


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Posted 30 March 2013 - 01:24 PM

Average swing speed here and I find an 18* 5 wood to be much easier to hit solidly than a similarly lofted hybrid. My 5 wood is quickly becoming my favorite club in my bag.
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Posted 30 March 2013 - 02:18 PM

When I read this question. I just looked at what has been in my bag over the last 3-4 years.
Now 3 W 13 deg   and mix that with a 17 deg 3W,  15 (1H) and 18.5 (2H) Cleveland Mashie  and had a Wilson Fy brid  5W and 19.5  depending on course and how i'm playing and even carried a 9W 25deg that I was hitting as far a 3H and as high.  I have always found I hit the W better on the "less" cow-pasture  and more even, manicured  fairways.   The hybrids are my utility clubs and the 1H is harder to hit

My friends say find what works and stick with it.  Funny when we learned to play the game we had 7 piece sets and now we have trouble deciding the 14 clubs to carry.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 02:30 PM

I tried to like hybrids but that lasted 3/4 of a season. I just like the 2 iron to much. That said i did just buy a Anser 5 wood and have only been to the range so far but I am liking it. I can see swapping it in or out with my 2 iron based on course and wind conditions.
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Posted 30 March 2013 - 04:49 PM

I have a G25 17h and an Anser 5w set to 18.5 - I like them both.  There are advantages to each but I'm more accurate with the 17h and it fits my game and needs better at the moment - it is fantastic into the wind.  The distance difference is around 10 yds (a little less directly into the wind) with the 5w being slightly longer, having greater height and carry, and less roll out.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 04:57 PM

I feel like the hybrid is better out of rough or crap lies..





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