Hybrids have lower profiles, wider soles and a lower center of gravity than traditional long irons. These features make hybrids easier to hit — you’ll achieve better distance and trajectory on the longer fairway and approach shots with these clubs.
The club length of hybrids is typically equal to or slightly longer than the long irons they replace, and shorter than modern fairway woods. They have lofts ranging from 18 to 30 degrees.
Distance Of Fairway Woods & Hybrids Vs. Irons
|Hybrid Clubs||Fairway Woods||Iron|
|Hybrid 1H||No. 4 Fairway Wood||No. 1 Iron|
|Hybrid 2H||No. 5 Fairway Wood||No. 1 or No. 2 Iron|
|Hybrid 3H||No. 6 Fairway Wood||No. 2 or No. 3 Iron|
|Hybrid 4H||No. 7 Fairway Wood||No. 3 or No. 4 Iron|
|Hybrid 5 H||No. 9 Fairway Wood||No. 4 or No. 5 Iron|
Material & Design
Hybrids feature flight faces (like irons), lower face profiles (face height), wider soles and lower center of gravity than traditional long irons. Club specifications are designed to provide distance and trajectory progression transition between the irons and fairway woods.
Hybrids can be part of a complete set design from the manufacturer (3H, 4H, 5H, 6i through PW), or can stand alone and replace the harder to hit long irons in traditional set make ups (3i thru PW).
Club lengths are equal to or slightly longer than traditional long irons. Club lengths will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, but generally will progress from 38 inches on the shortest, highest lofted hybrid, to 41 inches on the longest, lowest lofted hybrid.
Modern hybrids almost always come with graphite shafts that are usually the same weight or slightly heavier than their matching fairway wood shafts. Shafts are manufactured in R, men’s regular, S, men’s stiff and X for men’s extra stiff.