In recent years, more golfers have been turning to hybrid clubs in place of traditional long irons. Both clubs have their advantages, and in golf it is all about choosing the clubs that feel best to you.
Hybrids, or utility clubs, are an alternative to long irons--2-iron through 5-iron. The hybrids take characteristics from both woods--wider sole and larger club head--and irons--face flatness and weight distribution. The stronger club head allows slower swings to produce the same distances as those from regular iron players.
Regular irons are the clubs of traditional golfers. They are designed to gently pick the ball off the grass and, with weight evenly distributed across the face, they are forgiving when a ball is not struck directly on the sweet spot. Some golfers play long irons with the same success as short irons--6-iron through 9-iron--and see no need to switch to hybrids.
Hybrid use is on the rise, and it is because of the ease of swinging the clubs. The hybrid takes certain characteristics from the iron and incorporates aspects of a wood. The result is a lighter club that provides quicker swing speed and in some cases, greater distance. Still, others prefer the comfort of an iron. Short irons are a staple of golf, and those who can transfer that success to their long irons will continue to play the clubs.
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