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Hybrids are Useful
The Most Versatile Club In The Bag

Hybrids are very versatile clubsHybrids can be Easy to Hit

If you had to pick one club to play an entire round with what would it be? The 7 iron to follow in the footsteps of Tin Cup as he qualified for the U.S. Open? Many players when asked this question have said a 7 iron or a 5 iron. You can hit them off the tee, from the fairway, chip with them and even roll a ball on the green with them without too much difficulty. The modern day answer however might by a hybrid.

Just the name itself..."hybrid"...signifies what a mixture of shots these clubs are capable of pulling off. The perfect mix between fairway woods and irons, hybrids are extremely easy to hit. Hybrids have shorter shafts, harder, flatter faces, and no bulge like woods. A shorter shaft is always easier to control making hybrids more consistent than longer fairway woods. The center of gravity is at the back and bottom like a wood, making it easier to get the ball up in the air than with a long iron. The wide and flat sole also helps prevent digging which works wonders around the green on chip shots for those who have poor technique or a bit of the yips. The flat sole also helps cut through rough helping the player get through the long grass without getting stuck. These attributes open up the possibilities for hybrid use.

Some of the popular shots that you can easily make with a hybrid are:

  • Long fairway shots
  • Tee shots on tight holes
  • Shots into the green where you need the ball to stick
  • Greenside chips
  • Long bunker shots
  • Shots out of the first cut and short rough

My recommendation for most players over the years and this includes those with lower handicaps, has been to replace their 3 and 4 irons with hybrids. Recently I have started recommending even replacing their 5 iron with a 5 hybrid. I have found that most players do o.k. with their 5 irons, but they don't hit them as consistently as 5 hybrids overall.

Try using your hybrids in a variety of situations and I bet you will find that they are in fact the most useful clubs in your bag.

Maria Palozola

Maria Palozola is a member of the LPGA and has participated in multiple LPGA Tour events. She has provided instruction to thousands of students in the past 20+ years and has won multiple teaching awards from the LPGA, Golf Digest, and Golf Magazine including being ranked as one of the top 50 female instructors in the world.

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