Ready for the Course: How to Buy a Hybrid Club

A hybrid golf club is the transition club in your bag, helping fill the gap between your harder-to-hit fairway woods and irons. They’re designed for better playability on the course.

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.

Shaft Options

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.