Are new golf clubs helping golfers in getting better?

As much as golf club manufacturers would love to have us believe that their clubs are making golfers better, data and research show quite the opposite. While it is true that professionals scores have significantly improved since the introduction of new clubs, the same can not be said for casual golfers. Numbers show that average golfers’ scores are not actually increasing. Seniors, women and other smaller categories are no exception. The only ones who seem to be benefiting, both practically and materially, from these new clubs, seem to be the professionals. This naturally raises a question, if all of this is true, then why do we even need these new clubs? Maybe releasing new clubs is just the way golf manufacturers try to stay relevant and it doesn’t have positive impact on golfers at all. These are all very plausible scenarios.

In my personal opinion, new golf clubs aren’t waste of resources. They do actually help people, and it’s the people who go about using them in wrong way that results in disappointing outcomes. People pay more attention to the cost and luxurious look of the new clubs than their actual merits. They also don’t take their time in choosing golf clubs properly and end up with ill-fitting clubs that perform nothing like the golfer expects them to. In actuality, properly fitted regular golf club will help you way more than super expensive, but ill-fitting golf club ever could. This effect is further exacerbated in the case of drivers. That type of club is especially difficult to hit properly, even more so if you have ill-fitting driver.

21st century saw many innovations in how golf clubs are made. Invention of hybrids, rescue clubs and mini drivers are particularly noteworthy to me. I have played golf before invention of rescue clubs and after, and i can definitely promise you that my favorite club in my bag is a rescue club. They are very useful in very different aspects of the game, which is why i’m eternally grateful to TaylorMade researchers who invented them. It must also be underlined that choosing good rescue club is no easy task. If you think you need some help with that, reading this GCG article on choosing rescue clubs should be enough.

If you ask me, the best way for any golfer to improve is by taking golf lessons. The second best way is to just get something, go out on the course, and play their hearts out. Golf lessons is superior because experience alone can’t teach you the techniques you need to know to play golf properly. For example, you need to know how to properly swing a golf club, and trial alone can’t teach you that. On the other hand, you shouldn’t extend your training too much. After few golf lessons, i’ve found that it’s best to just go out and play on the course. As a wise man once said, you are what you do. That’s why the only way to truly improve your golf game is to play it a lot. First few months will probably be filled with failures and constant mistakes, but it will pass.

That is not to say that new technology in golf is entirely useless in its task of helping golfers get better results. Many experts agree that newer golf clubs do improve our performance, but only by a little bit. Their effect on overall results is embellished by marketing campaigns they put out as well as statements from professionals that we all love. That’s why their effectiveness is overrated and people have false perceptions when it comes to golf clubs improving their game. Despite all that, it must be noted that with proper fitting and good research, new golf drivers can help your game by a long shot. You just have to identify weak points in your golf game and try to look for golf clubs that offset those weaknesses. To sum it all up, we can say with confidence that technology is pushing the limits of what it can do to improve the overall performance of golfers, beginners, intermediates and experts alike. We have to help it by knowing which golf clubs we need and why.

Hybrids Vs Fairway Woods

Hybrids have been first created by TaylorMade about fifteen years ago. Since then, they have come a long way both in terms of popularity and performance. Most golfers now have at least one hybrid in their bag, with beginners being particularly enthusiastic about them. That may be because of the ease of use that hybrids naturally have. They are much easier to swing than traditional long irons and because of that, most high handicapper beginners now use hybrids instead of them. It must also be stressed that hybrids are capable of replacing fairway woods as well. They are very flexible in how they can be used, which is why another name for hybrids is utility club. Just because of their versatility, not to mention being easy to hit, even professionals are now embracing hybrid clubs and have at least one with them during tournaments. Just like other types of clubs, hybrid are made for both  – left handed and right handed players. So if you’re a southpaw and a beginner, one of the clubs from this list of recommended left handed clubs should suit you just fine. 

We’ve covered why and how hybrids displaced long irons (at least for most people), but we haven’t said enough about why people use them in place of fairway woods. Well, the answer is simple and similar to the case with long irons – fairway woods are much harder to swing than hybrids. With proper training, hybrids can be used as excellent alternatives to fairway woods as well. Hybrids particularly excel at giving your shot high launch. They encourage high launch shots by having center of gravity much lower than fairway wood clubheads usually do. That, along with few other design tweaks, makes ensures forgiveness that most hybrid golf clubs are famous for. Biggest difference between the way 3-woods and hybrids operate, is the way they are swung. There are specific approaches to swinging both clubs, and while being beyond the scope of this article, it’s definitely worth reading about.

Except for all the reasons being listed above, there is one more advantage that hybrids have over standard fairway woods. That is, their versatility when it comes to playing out of roughs. Hybrids will allow you to make decent shot even from the worst of the positions. If you’re stuck in light rough though, it depends on the situation, sometimes fairway woods may be favorable choice. It mostly comes down to the size of the grass on the terrain. When a ball is situated by the long grass, it becomes very hard to reach for standard fairway wood. On the other hand, it is easily accessible for hybrid’s stronger and more concentrated clubhead. I recommend using hybrids if your ball lands on the fairway bunker as well.

At the end of the day, i think the decision to use hybrids or fairway woods is made based on personal preference. Some people like the control that hybrids provide, while others prefer to stick with fairway woods, which tend to give players more distance.

Hybrids vs Irons – Flaws and Advantages of Each

Since their introduction about a decade ago, hybrids have become supremely popular among golfers and for a good reason. There is substantial proof that hybrids are actually capable of increasing your distance and are much easier to hit than golf irons. Because of this forgiveness, beginners liked hybrids instantly, and they were the first to really use them in practice. But as the time passed, even amateur and experienced golfers started to hop on the hybrid bandwagon. This motivated golf club manufacturers to make them even better, which further increased their popularity. That’s how we got to hybrids now being preferred over irons of the same range. This is generalization of course. There are plenty of golfers who stick with long irons and refuse to get the hybrids, most of them being professional golfers. Among beginner golfers and in general those with high handicap, hybrids are undeniably king of the hill. They are also superior when it comes to hitting the ball out of the rough. That’s why most golfers are carrying at least one hybrid with them now. That includes professional golfers as well. Golf is very competitive game and one that requires analysis of the situation as well as physical skills to do what you have in mind. That’s why having even the slightest edge over the competition is crucial and hybrid golf clubs provide just that – edge.

One more advantage that the hybrids have over long irons is that they tend to be more adjustable, so any player is able to adjust them to meet their needs perfectly.

Why are hybrids so much better?

There are many factors and features that contribute to hybrids’ success, but most of it has to do with their clubhead design. In general, beginners struggle with long irons a lot because their swing speeds aren’t as fast as those of pros. Hybrids, on the other hand, have the kind of clubheads that have the best qualities of both – fairway woods and irons. Their weight positioning also allows hybrids to have center of weight that is located in back of the club head, thus encouraging high launch for the shots you hit with it. Long irons, with their center of gravity being closer to the clubface, aren’t capable of doing the same.

With all these advantages, you’d think that hybrids cost fortune. But surprisingly, they are quite cheap, sometimes even more so than traditional irons that they’re supposed to replace. So if hybrids are cheaper and better alternative to long irons, why don’t all golfers ditch irons for hybrids? Well, for once, there are certain situations in which irons prove to be superior. For example, if you are in good position and know how to swing long iron properly, you are likely to get more distance from it compared to a hybrid, That’s why most pros prefer to have both – long irons and hybrids – in their bags. Seniors usually have plenty of experience, so using irons is advantageous for them. If you need further advice, check out this tutorial about choosing irons for seniors

I am personally especially fond of hybrids made by TaylorMade and Callaway. The former is famous for making golf clubs that are good looking, functional and not overpriced. Hybrids are no exception. TaylorMade hybrids are one of the best in their class. Callaway hybrids, on the other hand, are on the pricier end of the spectrum, but still, their quality and craftsmanship makes them worth every penny. If i was looking for great hybrids as high handicapper, i would definitely go for the ones made by either one of these two.

Hybrids are very handy as they are, but if a hybrid’s design is actually well-thought of, it becomes inseparable part of your golf club set and if not your favorite, certainly one of the favorite clubs to play with. I know it did that for me.