Love them or hate them, hybrids seem to have changed the game for good. There are many long irons sitting in closets and garages right now that may never see the light of day again. Hybrid clubs are a product of the remarkable equipment evolution we've seen in the last decade or so. Advances in equipment and course design seem to feed off of each other, with one change spurring others.
For example, with the death of the wound golf ball and the introduction of oversize drivers, course designers have responded to the fact that golfers are hitting it further by making courses longer. I read recently about the Pete Dye course at French Lick Resort - it measures a staggering 8102 yards from the back tees. This ridiculous golf course boasts par threes of 251 and 301 yards, no less than five par fours stretching over 500 yards, and the shortest of the par fives is 575 yards, with the longest being 657 yards of pure fun.
Obviously, I'm not a big fan of making golf courses so long that even the best players in the world wouldn't enjoy it, but that's a discussion for another day.
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