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.

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