The short answer is any one as they are all the same thing. They are all a cross between a wood and an iron utilising the best features of both. I shall use any name as I go depending on where my fingers are on the keyboard.
A 3 or 4 iron will give you a decent penetrating shot with a fairly low flight trajectory and a corresponding roll. However this can be difficult to control with any great accuracy especially on a dry firm fairway. The reduced top spin produced by the average player with a long iron also gives a greater margin for side spin off the more upright face leading to a pronounced curve to the ball flight. A hybrid / utility/ rescue golf club with its lower centre of gravity helps to launch the ball higher with more top spin giving a straighter shot and a more “drop and stop ” characteristic. This makes it ideal for those shots into the green where a long iron will bounce or roll off.
So, how does work?
The design of the hybrid club generally follows two formats, some look like a conventional iron Titleist for example and some, like the Callaway have the appearance of a small fairway wood. This is just two ways to skin the same proverbial cat. An iron look will have a lump like bulge at the back of the head, this allows the weight, i.e. centre of gravity to be further back and it is this that affects the angle of trajectory making the ball take off at a much steeper angle, thus giving a longer flight and the drop and stop capability. The fairway wood design is just another way of achieving the same effect. Some golfers like the look of the iron type over the ball and some prefer the wood look, it’s a personal thing.
One other reason for making the head deeper is that it allows the hybrid club designer to bring in another characteristic which is ‘perimeter weighting’. What’s that I hear you ask, well it means that the forces from the club head are channelled to the outer edges or perimeter of the club head and the benefit of this is a much larger ‘sweet spot’ thereby cancelling out some of those less than perfect contacts.
Why would I buy one?
Playing from the rough is where these clubs really come into their own as the sheer mass behind the club help to drive through the grass without twisting, some even have a rudder on the sole which further helps to get the clubface square so you can hit straight almost all the time.
A further use for the hybrid golf club is shots from just off the green where you need just a little loft to get over the fringe or where you are against the fringe and need the club to get to the back of the ball. The hybrid is almost made for this. The shorter shaft also makes for greater controllability as it is often said it’s easier to make the shot when you are closer to the ball.
Hybrid golf clubs are made in a variety of styles, lofts and designs and their sheer flexibility has earned them the other title of rescue club, a more fitting title couldn’t be nearer the truth. Pick a hybrid golf club and you will soon wonder how you got along without it.
Scott Cranfield shows us a simple drill to lose the slice that so many of us suffer from on a regular basis. One of the prime causes of a slice (or power fade!) is the out to in swing path. This is often caused by an over active right arm casting the club outwards on the downswing. By using a tee set into the ground slightly outside the square position it should focus your mind on creating an in to out downswing causing the ball to fly straighter or even creating a slight draw. My tip is to keep the right elbow tucked in to stop the casting effect.
The importance of transferring your weight during your golf downswing cannot be over emphasised. This golf video tutorial will explain the basics of weight transference to get the club head to the ball with maximum power.
Watch the the slow motion golf swing of Irish champion Rory McIlroy.
Rory McIlroy has represented Europe, Great Britain & Ireland, and Ireland as both an amateur and a professional. He had a successful amateur career, topping the World Amateur Golf Ranking for one week as a 17-year-old in 2007. Later that year he turned professional and soon established himself on the European Tour. He had his first win on the European Tour in 2009, and on the PGA Tour in 2010. He represented Europe in the 2010 and 2012 Ryder Cup. In 2011 at the age of 22, he became the youngest player ever to reach €10 million in career earnings on the European Tour. In 2012 he became the youngest player to reach $10 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour.
Watch and learn!! The slow motion golf swing of Big Ernie Els
Ernie Els first achieved prominence in 1984, when he won the Junior World Golf Championship in the Boys 13–14 category. Phil Mickelson was second to Els that year. Els won the South African Amateur Championship a few months after his 17th birthday, becoming the youngest-ever winner of that event, breaking the record which had been held by Gary Player.
Els married his wife Liezl in 1998 in Cape Town and they have two children, Samantha and Ben. In 2008 after Els started to display an “Autism Speaks” logo on his golf bag it was announced that their then five-year old son was autistic. Their main residence is at the Wentworth Estate near Wentworth Golf Club in the south of England. However, they also split time between South Africa and their family home in Jupiter, Florida, in order to get better treatment for Ben’s autism. source: Wiki
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Watch the maestro Tiger Woods in slow motion. Take notice of the lag he produces creating ball crushing club head speed.
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Watch and learn from 2013 US Masters champion Adam Scott as he drives off in slo-mo.
The slow motion golf swing of UK favourite Luke Donald.
Luke Campbell Donald MBE (born 7 December 1977) is an English professional golfer who has been the World Number One. He plays mainly on the U.S. based PGA Tour but is also a member of the European Tour.
Donald had an outstanding year in 2011, winning several tournaments and awards. He won the PGA Tour money list and European Race to Dubai to complete a historic double, becoming the first player to win both money lists on the PGA and European Tours in the same year. He was named the PGA Player of the Year and the European Tour Golfer of the Year. He also became the first Englishman to win the PGA Tour Player of the Year award, the PGA Tour’s Vardon Trophy and the Mark H. McCormack Award for the most weeks at number one during a calendar year. He was later awarded honorary life membership of the European Tour for his achievements in 2011 Source: Wiki
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