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Forum Thread of the Day: “The need for more than one hybrid in the bag?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Paddy_2_Iron who opens up a discussion on hybrids. Paddy_2_Irons reveals that he did the following research: “I’m looking at charts for handicaps 15 – 25 and the 4 hybrid and 5 hybrid generally go the same distance. I’m assuming the same can be said for the 3 as well.”, and asks WRXers whether they feel there is room for multiple hybrids in the bag. Our members share their thoughts.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • NJpatbee: “I am a 16 HCP 68-year-old golfer, and several years ago I replaced my 2 thru 6 irons with hybrids. As an older golfer with a slowing swing speed, I gained distance and accuracy with every club, and they were just so easy for me to hit. I have about a 10-yard difference between each club and can get “in the vicinity” of the green from 140 to 190+, which is fine for me. If I could go back in time, I would have switched as soon as more hybrids came available. I started playing golf at age 40, and I could hit a 5 iron was about 170 yards. I believe that I would have been at least 10-15 yards longer with a 5 hybrid. Solid contact with a long iron was always a low % shot, but with the hybrids, I make solid contact most of the time.”
  • andrue: “I don’t know what chart you’re reading, but I think it needs to go in the shredder. Both my current set and my previous set had several hybrids, and they went different distances. Currently, my 5 goes 170, my 4 goes 180, and my 3 goes 190. I think a lot of high cappers would do well to replace as many of their irons with hybrids as they can. I wish I could find a 6h and am considering ditching my 64* for a 2h. I’m currently playing off 22.”
  • GolfMinimalist: “I think that regardless of whether you’re talking hybrids or irons or fairway woods, a lot of players need to take an honest look at their distances and dump some clubs.”
  • luckypolk: “In simplest terms, I wouldn’t skip a club to just play one that works. Find two that work. I’m currently 14 and carry a 4H and a 4i. Equally important, I can hit them both and my yardage gaps are correct (4i = 205, 4H = 220). While I understand your thought process in just finding one that works, there are so many options out there that you can find two that work (you can hit them well, and they are gapped correctly). If a second hybrid isn’t your cup of tea (too pricey or just not your preferred setup) look at a game-improvement or super game-improvement long iron. There are also iron/hybrid crossovers like the Cleveland Launcher HBs that might work. I play 718 AP1s, so the 4 iron is easy to hit. If it weren’t, I’d look at replacing with either another hybrid or a different game improvement iron that I could hit well.”

Entire Thread: “The need for more than one hybrid in the bag?”

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  1. juanny

    Dec 27, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Age 35, 5 hdcp – D, 4W, 3H, 4H, 5-LW irons. I’ve experimented with a single hybrid in between the lofts of the 3 and 4 Hybrid but usually end up in a situation where I’m between 4H and 5iron and bomb the single hybrid over the green. Some courses, I take out the 4H for a 4 iron hollow body that I use as a driving iron. Still playing the Cobra T-Rail hybrids because they’re just so easy to hit from any lie. Haven’t found anything else better since.

  2. Thomas A

    Dec 24, 2019 at 10:07 am

    I dropped my 3h (Cobra Amp Cell) for a 5-wood (Cobra Bio Cell+) and am very happy with it. Higher launch but nearly the same distance. I still carry a 4h (Cobra Amp Cell) then go to 5-iron (Wilson F5).

  3. Hafijur Rahman

    Dec 24, 2019 at 8:51 am

    I’m a beginner at golf. I’m learning many things from different sources like a blog, forums, etc.
    But this article is more effective for me. This site is also benefited for beginner and experts.

  4. Francis Kennedy

    Dec 23, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    I’m 70, 15hdcp. Current clubs:3W,23 degree hybrid, 6-9 P/A/SW, Putter. Trying to keep my approach under 115yrds and above average putter, works for me.

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