Hybrids versus irons

Hybrid golf equipment were coded in the late 1990’s to assist golfers hit greater, better shots. They’ve gain popularity having a broad spectrum of players, including some top professionals. Hybrid clubs tend to be more loving toward mishits than their counterpart irons, so an informal player will probably hit the ball farther, typically, having a hybrid compared to a typical iron. Here’s quick tips to hybrids as well as their equivalent irons.


Hybrid Iron
14-16 Degree 1-Iron
17-19 Degree 2-Iron
20-22 Degree 3-Iron
23-25 Degree 4-Iron


Hybrid Iron
18-20 Degree 2-Iron
21-23 Degree 3-Iron
24-26 Degree 4-Iron
27-28 Degree 5-Iron
29-31 Degree 6-Iron


Hybrid clubs are numbered and tend to be made to switch the iron with similar number —0 for instance, a 3-hybrid would replace a 3-iron. However, an average golfer will probably hit the ball a little farther having a hybrid compared to an iron of the identical number. Oftentimes, a hybrid will outshine exactly the same-numbered iron by 5 to eight yards. The utmost distance a golfer can hit a ball having a particular club will be different broadly, with respect to the golfer’s experience and talent. However, the LPGA estimates that men typically can hit a 3-iron or 3-hybrid no more than 170 to 220 yards, while women can hit exactly the same clubs no more than 125 to 180 yards. Some-iron and 4-hybrid estimates are 160 to 210 yards for males and 120 to 170 yards for ladies. The Five-iron and 5-hybrid ranges are 150 to 200 yards for males and 115 to 160 yards for ladies, as the 6-iron or 6-hybrid ranges are 140 to 190 yards for males and 110 to 150 yards for ladies.


While your longest 3-hybrid shot most likely won’t travel much farther than your longest 3-iron shot, a typical golfer will probably achieve their peak distance more frequently having a hybrid compared to a typical iron. For a lot of players, therefore, it might seem sensible to exchange a particular iron using the next-greatest quantity of hybrid — for instance, to exchange a 3-iron having a 4-hybrid.


Hybrid club heads are bigger than standard iron club heads and boast a lesser and much deeper center of gravity. These traits allow it to be simpler hitting the ball in mid-air having a hybrid compared to its counterpart iron. For instance, your typical 3-hybrid shot have a greater trajectory than your typical 3-iron shot. Consequently, the hybrid is generally better for approach shots, because the greater trajectory gives your shot an improved chance to carry the eco-friendly. Correctly hit irons may get better because of another shot on the componen 5, since the lower trajectory typically enables the ball to roll farther, presuming you retain the shot within the fairway.


While hybrid clubs offer several benefits, they ought to be used properly. Within the fairway, hybrid clubs ought to be performed as though these were irons, instead of forest. Setup using the ball in mid-stance and swing lower on your ball, going for a divot just past the ball’s position. Tee the ball up less than usual when utilizing a hybrid for the tee shot, with a maximum of one fourth from the ball above club mind level. When hitting a hybrid from the tee, swing just like you were hitting a fairway wood — with an amount, sweeping motion — instead of striking the ball with an upswing while you would having a driver.

See Also:

  • Why Can One Hit Hybrids, Although Not Irons?
  • Hybrid Golf Equipment &amp How To Use Them
  • Hybrids versus. Fairway Forest

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Do Hybrids go to far?


David Ciccoritti: General rule of thumb is that if you’re replacing a 4 iron, you replace it with a 5 hybrid. I once carried a PING G30 6 iron and a PING G30 6 hybrid. Both almost identical lofts but the gapping was right with the hybrid being 12 yards longer on average. Golfers should concern themselves with gapping as opposed to numbers and lofts.

Mediocre Golfer: Why not carry a 5 iron and then go to a 5 hybrid?

sthil golfin: good video andrew i cinsider my 4h kinda a 3&1/2 iron and i removed my 3&4i’s and slotted in a 62 deg wedge giving me more options in the short game dep not too many 190 plus par 3’s around me and those that do have a bigb enough green I have a hell of a lot more 75-125 shots in a season

10goldfinger: What about comparing with a G-iron 4 (G30, G-Series or G-max)? Afaik, they have stronger lofts than the i-irons.

A P: I believe Mizuno addressed this issue with their series of JPX Fli-Hi series of hybrids a couple years ago.I purchased the 4 through 6 hybrids to compliment my 7-gap wedge JPX-EZ irons.They key was the hybrids came with same corresponding steel XP 105 stiff shafts my irons are also equipped with in terms of shaft length.The result was I hit the 5 hybrid the same distance as a 5 iron.

MyFoxworld: Hi Andrew. for me I would see what is the average distance you get with the 5 iron first. I think the reason for the hybrid is because people that might hit the 5 iron say 180 but are just too inconsistent with the 4 iron or can only get it the same distance or only 2/5 yards further than their 5!

Sean Sack: Great topic Andrew! how does the Ping crossover compare under similar testing?

Mark Sheehan: Hi Andrew at my last fitting I was thinking about this so I said to the fitter I didn’t mind what the hybrid loft said but to built me 1 that goes on average max 200 yards and another that goes max 215 yards, i know what my 5 iron goes and 4wood goes so that’s how I got the hybrids into my set, this works for me as before I was worried about my hybrids being too hot off the face especially with troubled behind greens!

Richard Jewell: enjoy the videos, great concept and content but shame about the production quality. Perhaps change how you present the media by not recording a projection or a photo of a screen. Would make for a much better overall video.

michandcat: Andrew, I struggle with 3 wood and do quite well with hybrid. Would you consider a video comparing a 17* hybrid vs 3 wood? Im curious to see if the difference warrants me to risk the 3 wood or play safe with the hybrid. Many thanks and keep up the good work. Mich

Rob Pike: Thanks! Another great comparison video!

Todd Blake: I was distance or gap tested. In other words, my hybrids were adjustable so the loft numbers on the hybrids mean nothing to me. But I still use a 4 hybrid as a 4 iron based on distance. Same with 3 hybrid and 5 hybrid as I carry three.

Chris Webster: Too far

john wheeler: A Ping g 4 iron is 21 degree so as far as gapping goes it’s probably a better fit with the hybrid than the 23 degree Ping i 1E 4 iron. Also the hybrid is called a ping g hybrid so maybe made to fit with the Ping g irons. However you can also strengthen the loft of Ping i 1E from 23 to 21.5 degree to close the gap.

Terry Ainscough: Great video. I carry a 6 iron and a 6 hybrid as the hybrid goes 2 clubs longer than my 7 iron.

grumpy2159: A 5 hybrid probably a better fit gap wise than the 4. So 5 iron then 5 hybrid.

Fairway First Golf: Good video. I have played 5 iron and 5 hybrid in the past. Gapping was fine for the reasons you showed in the video. It isn’t just about the number on the club.

Antony Osborn: Andrew I thought this was common knowledge, a ‘4’ hybrid has always gone further than a 4 iron

fullwerkes: Why get the club speed as close as you can for this test, it makes no sense? Whole point of the test is to see the difference with your normal swing for each as that is what a custom fit session would ask of one.

Simon Quistelli: I have a big gap between my 5 iron and 4 hybrid. To fill the gap in my set I currenty use both 4 iron and 4 hybrid. With my slow swing speed my ping i20 24 degree 4 iron goes about 150 to 155 yards and my 23 degree hybrid goes about 160 to 165 yards which works well for me.

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