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Anyone consider dumping hybrids from their bag and just playing irons and woods?

jjfcpajjfcpa Driver - Tour Edge EXS 10.5Omaha, NEMembers Posts: 499 ✭✭✭✭

Hybrids just don't seem to fit in my bag. Sure, I can get acceptable yardage with them, but I use them so infrequently, that it doesn't seem I ever get adept at using them. Wondering if I should just take my lumps on distance and keep the ball in the fairway with a 4 or 5 iron?



  • JustsomeguyJustsomeguy Members Posts: 1,150 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I think they're very attractive in that 18-22 zone for the bridge bt irons and woods. I only carry the one.

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  • agolf1agolf1 Members Posts: 1,612 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Maybe try a higher lofted fairway? Lots of OEMs making clubs in the 21 - 24 degree range now. Here, the setup, look, and feel can be the same as your 3-wood, 5-wood, or whatever.

    I don't have a hybrid in the bag right now (historically have had one at 22 degrees). There are some situations where I think the hybrid is better than the higher lofted fairway, but nothing is perfect all of the time.

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  • pencilholderpencilholder Members Posts: 117 ✭✭✭

    That’s what I did last year. Took out the 17 and 22 degree hybrids. Now go 7 wood to 4 iron. Much happier!

  • NoTalentLeftyNoTalentLefty Members Posts: 3,587 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭


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  • mogc60mogc60 Members Posts: 1,014 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I used to carry 17 and 21 but took the 21 out and went back to a 3 iron. Depending on the course I switch them out. The 17 fills the gap nicely between 3 wood and 3 iron

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  • txgolfer45txgolfer45 Members Posts: 162 ✭✭✭

    Nope. Just picked up a 4i hybrid and it is staying in the bag.

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  • DivinDaveDivinDave Longview TexasMembers Posts: 571 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I dumped mine and put the 4 iron back in the bag and its gonna stay there..... until it starts acting up again!

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  • SoloShot84SoloShot84 Members Posts: 422 ✭✭✭✭

    4 wood / 4 hybrid / 4 iron. just fine and smooth

  • IamMarkMacIamMarkMac SF Bay AreaMembers Posts: 718 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’m golden to my 5i and was generally having issues with hybrids for 190y and further, mostly hooks.
    I started using a Cleveland HB Launcher 4i which, to me, is probably the most shovel-y of the SGI shovels out there but it’s been great. More consistent, stops better and, so long as I admit to myself that I’m not pin hunting and just looking for anything on the green over 190y, it’s really been doing the trick. I’d get a 3i if there was one.

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  • JeffreySpicoliJeffreySpicoli Members Posts: 1,957 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    OP, aren’t you a senior that can use the distance?

  • mitchliljohnmitchliljohn Members Posts: 5 ✭✭

    @pencilholder said:
    That’s what I did last year. Took out the 17 and 22 degree hybrids. Now go 7 wood to 4 iron. Much happier!

    I did this too, I feel the 7 wood is much easier for me to get out of trouble too and also a reliable shot off the tee and can shape shots when needed

  • James the Hogan FanJames the Hogan Fan Members Posts: 684 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes! I fired my 18° hybrid and replaced it with an 18° 5w that I find far more confidence with. D-3w-5w-(4-pw) 50°-56°-60°. Sometimes the 50 goes out for the 3i. The wedge shaft lengths take care of gapping pretty well.

    Back to the point: the 5w is a magic secret weapon and I’m keeping it in the bag forever. I’m hybrid-free for now. (I may test the 19.5 hybrid of the same line as the woods)

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  • LHGolf4LHGolf4 Lefty Boomers Posts: 480 ✭✭✭✭

    Hybrids are one of the consistent performers in the bag. I carry a 3 and 4 and they are not going anywhere.

  • DavidvDavidv Members Posts: 784 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nope love my 3&4 hybrids each has helped my overall game/score.

  • JD3JD3 Members Posts: 4,962 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    More recently i dumped the 5 wood, pretty much for good. Hybrid goes just as far but with better flight and more versatility out of rough.

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  • Kevlar10Kevlar10 Members Posts: 98 ✭✭✭

    I had one in my bag until two years ago. I didn’t like it because I was slicing it too often. I had an older 2i in the garage and started using that instead. I don’t lose distance and I’m hitting it more consistently. I actual use it as a “utility” club for a variety of different lies and the longer distances. For me, it’s good when I need a low shot or need to get into tight greens when I’m over 170 yards out. I played a shortish par 4 last week (322 yards). The tee shot was through a long tight chute, with the landing area about 220-260 yards. Trees were overhanging the middle tees. After the landing area was more trees and a stream. I hit my 2i off the tee and clipped some of the low leaves, but I hit the landing area and had less than 100 to the green. I missed the green right going over the water and trees but the 2i has earned its place in my bag over my hybrid.

  • gvogelgvogel Members Posts: 7,764 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    love my 7-wood.

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  • phatchrisrulesphatchrisrules Members Posts: 2,119 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I went backwards. I have done the long iron thing and the results are just too inconsistent. I am pretty okay with the 5i but I have opted to put a few more hybrids in the bag, down to 5h for sure and I am testing a 6h. For the record I am 31 and a 10 handicap. I have been diagnosed with a shortened disc issue in my lumbar spine and forbidden from practicing and keeping the play to 9 holes for a while, so the extra length of the club, more forgiveness, and extra ball speed is going to be a godsend when the back gets tight.

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  • kiwihackerkiwihacker Members Posts: 736 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm just so much more consistent with hybrids than I am with fairway woods. I'd be lost if I threw out my hybrids for higher lofted fairway woods. I've tried them but the hybrids are among my 'go to' clubs in my bag. I have owned several 5 woods over the years but I've always been hit and miss with them. Hybrids all the way for me. Of course YMMV and many others prefer fairway woods. I certainly loved my fairway woods in the 'pre hybrid' days.

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  • DrSchteeveDrSchteeve Scottsdale, AZMembers Posts: 3,501 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Up to 4 hybrids. Best part of my game.

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  • shanxshanx Members Posts: 853 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My 21 degree hybrid has become very reliable, although it was a rocky relationship when I first got it..

  • farmerfarmer Members Posts: 8,126 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Threw out the 3,4,5,6, and 7 irons, replaced them with hybrids. Gold for an old guy.

  • CDLgolfCDLgolf Members Posts: 864 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've tried 5 & 7 woods, 3 & 4 irons and hybrids. For me the hybrids are the most consistent clubs. I carry 3, 4 and 5 hybrid now with no thought of replacing them.

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  • gdb99gdb99 Members Posts: 1,694 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I’m carrying a a 3 and 4 hybrid, and thinking about a 5 or 6 hybrid.
    I use it on 2nd shots on par 5’s, 4 hybrid is great out of fairway bunkers, long par 3’s, short par 4’s off the tee....
    I used a hybrid 6 times in today’s round.
    My favorite is the 4, an old steel shafted Cobra DWS Baffler.

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  • chazpetchazpet Members Posts: 75 ✭✭✭

    I leave my 19° SLDR hybrid at home in favor of my Vapor Pro Combo 3i at 20°. I like the hybrid, but struggled at times with a hook miss, and am much more consistent with the 3i with a slight push as my miss that I am more comfortable with.

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  • Ripken08Ripken08 Members Posts: 4,280 BST Banned

    I am old school and like fairway woods better. And I'm so old school I play 15 yr old woods with steel shafts! B)

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  • JDMRN81JDMRN81 PAMembers Posts: 532 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Dumped hybrids last fall because in much more consistent with a 3/4i. I’m debating getting a 5w to try on long par 5’s for second shots.

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  • BMCBMC Members Posts: 3,663 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    My dispersion is tighter with 3 and 4 irons vs. hybrids.

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  • CaymanSCaymanS Members Posts: 75 ✭✭

    I'm a little slow on the uptake. I've been hitting fairway woods off the deck well for decades, probably my most consistent club off the deck. Almost any brand and model worked. Meanwhile I've always had a hybrid in my bag and never hit them very well. I just switched to a 3HL, 5HL, 7HL Taylormade M4 combo, but tomorrow is my first day to test them out, so we shall see. I guess my natural swing was more conducive to a sweeping fairway motion and I never quite figured out the sweep vs hitting down of the one hybrid I always carried. Fewer swing types may be a good thing.

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