Hybrid golf clubs were developed in the late 1990s to help golfers hit higher, more accurate shots. They have become popular with a broad spectrum of players, including some top professionals. Although improved loft, not distance, was the clubs’ original goal, the potential distance a club can attain is always an important consideration.
Professional golfers got their first look at prototype hybrid clubs in 1999. Within a decade, hybrids were a common sight on golf courses around the world, wielded by players of varying abilities. Hybrids are popular in large part because they are easier to hit than irons and also help golfers get the ball in the air. The clubs, which combine some elements of both irons and woods, also don’t skimp on distance.