Which 2 hybrids should I carry?

Answered by Robert Dupre

When considering which hybrids to carry in your bag, it is important to assess your individual game and distance capabilities. As mentioned earlier, if you hit your 7-iron 140 yards or less, it is recommended to replace your longer irons (3, 4, and 5) with hybrids. This allows for greater forgiveness and easier launch from the fairway or rough.

If you fall into this category, I would suggest carrying a 3-hybrid and a 4-hybrid. These hybrids will provide the necessary distance coverage and versatility to replace your longer irons. The 3-hybrid can be used for shots ranging from approximately 160-180 yards, while the 4-hybrid can cover distances of around 150-170 yards.

Now, if you are capable of hitting your 7-iron 150-160 yards, it is recommended to consider nothing longer than a 5-iron. In this case, you may opt for a 3-hybrid and a 5-hybrid. The 3-hybrid can be used for shots ranging from approximately 170-190 yards, while the 5-hybrid can cover distances of around 160-180 yards.

It’s worth noting that these distance ranges are approximate and can vary depending on individual swing speed and technique. It is always a good idea to test out different hybrids and see which ones best suit your game. Additionally, consider factors such as the course conditions, your comfort level with hybrids, and any specific shot requirements you may have.

Now, let me share a personal experience to illustrate the benefits of carrying hybrids. I recently had a student who struggled with their longer irons, particularly the 3 and 4 irons. They found it challenging to consistently get the ball airborne and achieve the desired distance. After assessing their swing and distance capabilities, we decided to replace the 3 and 4 irons with hybrids.

The difference was remarkable. The student immediately experienced greater ease of launch and improved distance control. They gained confidence in their longer shots and found the hybrids to be much more forgiving. As a result, their overall game improved, and they were able to navigate longer holes with greater success.

When determining which hybrids to carry, consider your distance capabilities and follow the guideline of replacing longer irons with hybrids. For those hitting a 7-iron 140 yards or less, a 3-hybrid and 4-hybrid should suffice. If you can hit your 7-iron 150-160 yards, opt for a 3-hybrid and 5-hybrid. Remember to test different hybrids and consider individual factors to find the best fit for your game.