Hybrid clubs exist for several reasons, but most importantly to ensure misses aren't big misses. Hybrids will most commonly be used to replace long irons, featuring more weighting around the perimeter of the club face -- compared to typical blade irons -- and a rounded back. The added weight and size of the club face is especially useful when hitting out of difficult lies, and a hybrid can be found to replace almost any club in your bag.
Degree of Difficulty
While the most commonly used hybrids replace long irons -- typically a 4-iron or lower -- these clubs can be found in almost any degree setting. The choice will depend on the shot you're trying to hit, how high you want the ball to go and the level of spin you want to put on it. These clubs can feature a driver's degree setting, which at the lowest tends to be 8.5 degrees, all the way to that of a lob wedge at 60 or higher. A full iron set -- which can be swapped out for hybrids at the same degrees -- begins with a 1-iron at between 14 and 17 degrees, and goes up through a 9-iron, with about 3 degrees difference between each. Hybrids can also be used in place of wedges, which are generally between 41 and 60 degrees.
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