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Your Definitive Guide to Choosing the Perfect Golf Hybrid

Hybrids are a relatively new addition to the golf club arsenal and have helped transform the problematic art of tackling the long approach shot. Cobra was the first company to...

Hybrids are a relatively new addition to the golf club arsenal and have helped transform the problematic art of tackling the long approach shot.

Cobra was the first company to bring out a hybrid club at the end of the 1990s, but the concept didn't take off.

The first successful launch occurred a few years later, in 2003, when TaylorMade launched its first series of rescue clubs. (To this day, TaylorMade still refer to their clubs as rescue clubs, not hybrids)

Before hybrids entered the scene, golfers would have a three-wood, either a one or two-iron or both, then a three-iron and onwards. Carrying a one-iron or a two-iron was considered a safe option off the tee if the driver was misbehaving, especially in the days of persimmon drivers.

Long irons (the collective name for one, two, three, and four irons) were also used on long approach shots or for strategic positioning off the tee if the rough was particularly penal.

The problem for most golfers was that most long irons were blade-style with little loft to see at address, a thin top Iine, and longer shafts all added up to make these clubs look intimidating at address.

Pros also had their issues with long irons. While still a handy alternative off the tee, tournament greens were getting quicker and harder, which meant the lower landing approach of long irons made it challenging to hold the greens.

The introduction of hybrids started to address the issues posed by long irons. It would help to banish the one and two iron to the history books.

Today, hybrids are common in most golfers' bags, but understanding how to get the best out of them is really important.

In this guide, we'll talk you through all the elements that will help you maximise the effectiveness of hybrids. To do this, we'll guide you through:

  • Understanding Golf Hybrids
  • Advantages of Using Hybrids
  • The Design Features of the Modern Hybrid
  • Custom Fitting for Success

Cobra King Tec Hybrid

Understanding Golf Hybrids

From the introduction, we see that hybrids were introduced to provide more stopping power on the greens on longer approach shots.

Tournament set-ups weren't just about greens being harder and faster. Missing fairways meant finding uncompromising, gnarly rough, which long irons couldn't cope with, making them useless when still a long way to the green.

For professionals, being able to hit their long irons high was aided by the higher-spinning balata ball. With the Pro V1 ball launch in 2000, spin rates were reduced, resulting in a lower-launching, lower-spinning trajectory, which also didn't help hold greens on long approaches.

The hybrid would be the answer to these problems.

The term hybrid (or rescue in TaylorMade terminology) is apt as the club is a cross between a long iron and a fairway wood.

TaylorMade Stealth 2 Rescue

The head features the same loft as the long iron equivalent but with an extended area behind the face, which isn't as prominent as a fairway wood. This extended area allowed designers to pull the centre of gravity further back and lower in the head, increasing forgiveness on off-centre hits and helping get the ball airborne.

The shaft length on a hybrid is shorter than that of a fairway wood but marginally longer than the equivalent long iron. Initially offered with a mix of steel or graphite shafts, hybrids today are all fitted with graphite shafts.

Advantages of Using Hybrids

Having a more user-friendly club to look at when you address the ball inspires a lot more confidence in most golfers.

The lower centre of gravity pushed back in the head helps launch the ball on a higher trajectory. Aided with a graphite shaft, the overall combination allows golfers of all abilities to hit more effective shots from longer distances.

Having a wider sole, the hybrid is an easier option for most golfers when playing out of the rough. Some manufacturers have also created different designs on the hybrid's sole, such as the V-Steel sole design in TaylorMade's Rescue clubs, specifically to allow better turf interaction, ensuring a better strike on the ball.

Another advantage of hybrids is that manufacturers can filter down the technology used in their drivers and fairway woods into their hybrid offerings. Taking Callaway's current Paradym hybrid as an example, we see Jailbreak technology, adjustable hosel, and AI-designed face all seen in the driver to maximise performance.

Callaway Paradym Golf Hybrid

TaylorMade also uses its Inverted Cone Technology (ICT) in its Stealth 2 rescues, which helps keep ball speeds high regardless of where the ball is struck on the face.

While we have looked at hybrids as a replacement for longer irons, higher-handicap golfers can take advantage of replacing five and six irons with equivalent hybrids. The principle is the same: five and six irons could prove difficult to hit consistently well, and the ball may struggle to get airborne. The equivalent hybrids alleviate those issues.

If you really feel imaginative, you can use your hybrids for chip shots around the green. Handy for links-style courses where you can get particularly tight lies, the hybrid can be used if there are no hazards to carry between you and the pin playing a bump-and-run style shot.

The Design Features of the Modern Hybrid

Manufacturers take every opportunity to maximise their hybrid's potential, offering various technologies to help golfers.

Hybrid heads are constructed mainly from titanium or steel. Carbon is starting to appear in hybrids, as seen in the PXG 0311 XF Gen 6 series. Given how popular carbon is becoming in drivers, more hybrid designs will feature carbon in the coming years.

Placing carbon in the crown of the hybrid works precisely the same as it does for drivers and fairway woods by lowering the centre of gravity further and reducing head weight to increase swing speeds.

Positioning mass in the head allows for customising the type of trajectory and shot shape you want. Placing the weight low and as far back from the face as possible makes for a forgiving hybrid.

Some hybrids will position weight closer to the face, such as the tungsten weight in the Callaway Paradym hybrid, adding a little more punch to ball speeds.

Other hybrids like the PXG 0311 XF Gen 6 or the Cobra King Tec hybrid have moveable weight ports positioned in the heel and toe of the club to help cater for a specific shot shape the golfer might be looking to achieve.

PXG Gen 6 0311 XF Hybrid

Shot shape and loft can be dialled in using adjustable hosels, as seen on the Titleist TSR, Callaway Paradym, TaylorMade Stealth 2, and Mizuno ST-Z 230 offerings.

Hybrids also offer different head profiles similar to that seen in drivers. For example, if you want the most forgiving, user-friendly hybrid, something like the Titleist TSR 1 model, which has a bigger footprint than some other hybrids, might be worth looking at.

For the more discerning player who still wants the ability to shape shots, the TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus Rescue might be better suited to them, which has a smaller, tour-inspired shape.

Manufacturers tend to have a stock graphite shaft option fitted into their hybrids if you go for an off-the-shelf option. While these stock options come from top manufacturers such as Mitsubishi Chemical or Fujikura, the one question mark is whether that particular shaft is best suited to your game.

Titleist TSR 2 Hybrid

Custom Fitting for Success

Being fitted for hybrids is just as crucial as being fitted for any other club in the bag.

Getting yardage gapping correct for hybrids is particularly important, as there can be a considerable distance to cover between your most lofted fairway wood and the longest iron.

Coming for a custom-fitting, we would want to see what your existing set-up is and if there are any scenarios on the course where you feel stuck between clubs.

From this starting point, it's time to hit some shots with your existing hybrids or fairway woods.

We also want to see you hit some shots with your longest iron to help understand if there is a considerable distance gap we need to address. Hitting your longest iron can also be helpful later in the fitting process.

From hitting shots with your existing clubs, we can get an accurate picture by capturing data via TrackMan on key areas such as carry distances, shot dispersion, and trajectory.

At this stage, we can start to build some test clubs together to hit and measure the differences. Hybrids can be customised for ideal loft, weight setting and lie angle to help create the correct gapping, trajectory, and shot dispersion.

To increase distance and accuracy, fitting the correct shaft for your swing characteristics helps to optimise the potential of these clubs in your bag.

Through the custom-fitting session, you may find that there also might be an option to switch your longest iron for an additional hybrid of equivalent loft if it performs better.

Ultimately, the custom-fitting is about giving you the confidence to tackle long approach shots with the correct clubs in your bag, giving you better scoring opportunities.

The introduction of hybrid clubs gave golfers better flexibility when facing long approach shots into greens. Finding the blend between a long iron and lofted fairway wood, the hybrid offers higher launching shots with increased forgiveness.

Hybrids cover that awkward gap between your most lofted fairway wood and your longest iron, covering what can be a wide distance gap. Hybrids, however, can improve their effectiveness if the gapping is correct between each club.

Hybrids, like any other club in the bag, have their potential maximised when you are custom-fitted for them. Using the data captured in a custom-fitting session ensures that each hybrid is built specifically for the role it needs to play in your bag, giving you more confidence on the course.

At Nine by Nine Golf, we specialise in custom-fitting and offer a wide range of hybrids from manufacturers such as Cobra, Callaway, Mizuno, PXG, TaylorMade, and Titleist. All clubs can be tailored to your requirements to give you maximum confidence on the golf course.

Nine by Nine Golf also offers fully customisable options for your next hybrid. Once you have chosen the head and loft combination you want, you can choose from a wide range of shafts and grips to build the club you need for your game.

Nine by Nine Golf Custom Fitting

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