why do we use graphite in a hybrid?

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cavemeistercavemeister Members  1176WRX Points: 93Posts: 1,176 Platinum Tees
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my perception is that people swing hybrids too hard (or lost the accuracy they had with irons) with light graphite shafts. That steel is heavier and usually more stable torque wise(though a few graphites are in the steel torque range).

So why do people use graphite? Are we suckered into more expensive shafts just for a possible 5-10 yard gain in distance and less consistency?
Titleist TS3 10.5 T1100 Evenflow 65x
Exotics xcg4 3 wood ad di7 and xcg7 5 wood aldila 95x ram 7 wood x Srixon u65 2 ad di105x or UDI 2 iron 130x c-taper
3-sw, wilson ci11 c-taper 130x
12* sldr (set at 11*) Nunchuk 44.5, 12* or M2 10.5 6.2 x speeder tour issue shaft, cobra king ltd pro 60x rogue
Exotics xcg4 3 wood ad di7 and xcg7 5 wood aldila 95x ram 7 wood x
srixon u65 2, 3, ad di105x, u65 4, 5 modus3 120x
Mizuno jpx pro 7-pw, aw x100
3,5 iron wilson ci11 ctaper 130x
54 60, 64 cg16 wedges x100
Japanese stripe spider
Chrome +/ b330s ball


  • floycotafloycota Members  984WRX Points: 105Posts: 984 Golden Tee
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    You're right simple answer is I don't use graphite. Steel in both my hybrids. I like the shorter length and heavier feel. I'll give up 2-4 yards for more fairways.
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  • carlito_txcarlito_tx Members  60WRX Points: 0Posts: 60
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    nice call.

    If you have half-decent swing speed, seems steel would be the (un-****, but better) way to go.
  • Egan101Egan101 Members  1250WRX Points: 60Posts: 1,250 Bunkers
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    Most hybrids have heavier shafts (80-90g) compared to fairway woods. It's a decent transition from the 100g+ of iron steel shafts to the 70-80g of fairway graphite shafts.
    [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Taylormade M1 10.5* - Fujikura Speeder 661[/font]
    [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Tour Edge Exotics EX9 Tour 13* - Diamana S+ 70S[/font]
    [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro 14.5* - Fujikura Speeder 661[/font]
    [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Adams Idea Pro A12 23* - Aldila RIPd VS Proto[/font]
    [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Bridgestone J36 PC (4-PW) - KBS Tour[/font]
    [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Nike Engage 56TS & 60S- DG S200[/font]
    [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Mizuno-Bettinardi BC1[/font]
  • jahopkijahopki Members  230WRX Points: 0Handicap: 4.3Posts: 230
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    I use the same steel shaft in my 17* hybrid as I've got in my irons -- PX 6.0. In retrospect, I wish I had gotten one softer (5.5), but I'm glad that I didn't get graphite; I wanted my hybrid to take the place of a 2-iron, which it's done beautifully.
  • gdb99gdb99 Members  1808WRX Points: 216Handicap: 3.3Posts: 1,808 Platinum Tees
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    I had a 105 gram NVS in my hybrid, but just put in a Dynamic Gold. I'm much happier with the performance.
    Cobra King LTD, Diamana Redboard stiff flex
    Titleist 917F 16.5, Diamana Tensei Blue regular flex
    Cleveland DST 3 hybrid, Diamana Redboard regular flex 
    Titleist AP1, 5-PW, Dynalite XP R300
    Vokey SM7 52F
    Vokey SM7 56M
    Cleveland 588RTG 60
    Odyssey #2
  • GreggzGreggz Members  387WRX Points: 0Posts: 387
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    I pulled the DVS 85 graphite from my hybrids and reshafted them with Nippon 8950's (104g).

    I haven't lost any distance, and it has really helped with the "hookiness" that crept up sometimes.

    Besides the physics, I think the steel makes me "feel" more like I have an iron in my hand, and that makes me swing more like I have an iron in my hand.
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  • bigred90gtbigred90gt Lefty Boomers  4904WRX Points: 624Posts: 4,904 Titanium Tees
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    I play an 85 gram shaft in my driver, a 96 gram shaft in my fairway wood, and TT DG S400's in my irons. I tried an S300 in my hybrid, and hated the feel of it. It felt dead to me. I replaced it with a PL Red 65 gram shaft, with easily 25-30 grams of lead tape along the length of the shaft, and it is now money.
  • MikeGMikeG That's no ordinary rabbit. Members  489WRX Points: 55Posts: 489 Greens
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    You're right. About 4 years ago I went through **** trying to find a replacement for my 2 iron. Tried a bunch of 5 woods and hybrids to no avail. One day I found a 19* Rescue TP with a steel shaft (no band...I assume it's an S300) at a Second Swing. It's still in my bag. I've found nothing better since then.
  • rainkingjrrainkingjr Members  2747WRX Points: 226Posts: 2,747 Titanium Tees
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    Best hybrid I've ever owned was a Titleist 585 w and s300 steel shaft. Close 2nd was the J36 w the Vs Proto. Thought about putting steel in the J36 before I got rid of it. I may pick one up soon and try it with a steel shaft.
  • CletusCletus Recovering Lead Tape Addict Members  723WRX Points: 93Posts: 723 Golden Tee
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    I'm pulling my NV 75S from my Nickent hybrids for this very reason. I'm going to give these a try:


    Outside of the Hogan hybrids they came on a couple of years ago, there isn't much info on them, but for $12 a pop I figured it was worth a try. If I don't like them I may try the KBS hybrid shafts.
    GBB 9* / Aldila Rogue Max
    G 5W 16.9* / TFC Tour 80
    G30 4H 22* / TFC Tour 90
    G25 5-UW / DG XP X100
    MD2 C-Grind 58-14* / DG S300
    Odyssey WHP #7

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