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A growing trend, the hybrid club has found a comfortable niche in the bags of top professionals and weekend warriors alike. The search for an edge over the competition and the course is universal, and so are the principal benefits of hybrid technology. This latest technology combines the distance and forgiveness of a metal fairway wood with the workability of a long iron for superior performance on the course.
Visually, hybrids have a larger crown, (the top surface visible at address) which can help improve swing confidence. Scientifically, the hybrid's wider sole and lower center of gravity promotes a higher launch and greater forgiveness without loss of distance.
A hybrid club offers versatility. Whereas the length of a metal wood and the density of its face make hitting shots from the rough a challenge, the hybrid's smaller head and lower center of gravity cut through taller grass with relative ease.
Conversely, hybrids are less resistant to a twisting clubface than typical irons. From the fairway, their lighter weight and shorter length enable slower swingers to achieve maximum distance while retaining relative accuracy and control. More experienced players may find that a hybrid ensures greater accuracy off the tee than a fairway wood, with more overall distance than an iron.
Selecting the perfect hybrid golf club can help fill the void within your current bag. If you struggle with hitting long irons consistently, gravitate towards thinner and sleeker hybrids that generally resemble irons. For a club that will serve double-duty off the tee and as a stand-in for your troublesome fairway woods, look for a hybrid with a slightly larger face area and crown.
Above all, remember that for consistency throughout your set, the shaft flex of your hybrid should match the irons or fairway woods that you intend to replace.