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The Advantages of Hybrid Golf Clubs

by Clint Hale
    Hybrid golf clubs are known for providing more distance than standard irons.

    Hybrid golf clubs are known for providing more distance than standard irons.

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    Overview

    Over the last decade, there has been an exponential rise in the number of specialty golf clubs on the market. Among the most popular specialty clubs are hybrid clubs, which blend the look of an iron with the increased distance of a driver or wood. These clubs feature plenty of benefits and advantages for golfers of all skill levels.

    Increased Distance

    On the average, a hybrid club will send a ball approximately 5 to 8 yards further than will a typical iron. As an example, if a 3 iron sends a ball 180 yards, a 3 hybrid would send that same ball 185 yards with a bit more trajectory. While hybrids will yield in less roll because of their increased trajectory, that increased trajectory more than makes up for it in extra driving distance.

    Head Design

    Hybrid clubs are regarded by many as superior to their iron counterparts because a hybrid's head design allows the center of gravity to be moved lower and a bit further back from the club face, which helps get more trajectory and ball loft on a golf swing. Hybrid clubs, while similar to irons, actually give more a feeling of a shorter wood, which may increase a golfer's confidence on the fairways.

    Other Advantages

    In addition to increased trajectory, distance and confidence, hybrid clubs yield a bevy of other advantages. These include easier "swingability" (due to a hybrid's light weight) and a more forgiving club face, which will help on errant shots.

    About the Author

    Clint Hale has worked for a number of media outlets since 2004, including the "San Antonio Express-News" (for whom he covered golf, football and general features) and various websites. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Texas.

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    • Michael Cohen/US PGA TOUR/Getty Images