Although the hybrid club it still a bit of a new kid on the block, they can be a valuable addition and are becoming more popular with golf professionals.
Essentially they are designed to replace long irons and their head shape is like a cross between an iron and a fairway metal, thus the deserved name of hybrid.
For example, many golfers can benefit immensely by having a full set of hybrid irons, #3 through the pitching wedge, in particular the more mature golfer and lady golfers. These hybrid irons can help achieve more distance and also may help the ball go higher.
But you may be wondering which hybrids do you really need? As the hybrid clubs are only to replace iron clubs, remember that they have the same shafts as irons and come in the same length of the irons which they replace. It is their head size and shape which have been designed to give you maximum distance.
The head constructions of hybrid clubs fall into 2 different categories. One which is the more iron like hybrid where you will notice an oversize iron head shape and the other is the more wood like which has the more fairway metal look.
The latter is the one that will suit the majority of players whereas the former is suited to advanced players.
The Hybrid Head is a bit smaller than a wood so it can make it easier to hit the ball out of the rought. They have a flat face which allows you to give increased spin so that the ball can stop faster and with greater accuracy. Their centre of gravity is moved back and towards the bottom so that it helps launch the ball into the air.
The Hybrid Shaft is available in either graphite or steel and is in between the length of a wood and an iron. The graphite is lighter helping more swing speed whereas the steel is heavier helping more control.
However about 80% of hybrid clubs are sold with graphite shafts.
The Hybrid Shaft Flex is the part which will bend to a lesser or greater degree during swing and hybrids offer varying degrees. Typically a beginner will prefer a more flexible shaft flex, but a stiffer shaft flex gives more speed when hitting the ball.
The majority of professional golfers will have at least one hybrid in their set and some may use a #2 and #3 hybrid. This would be the very minimal advisable especially for the average amateur golfer and for anyone who struggles with getting enough distance, the additional hybrids could be a good solution.
Some golfers would say that whatever you call them, as these hybrid clubs are also called utility golf clubs and rescue golf clubs, they can be what saves your score!