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I'm building up my arsenal and debating to add another hybrid or fairway wood.

I'm looking at the 15.5 deg. 906F4 or 17 deg. 585h. I figure I'll have more control with the hybrid, but lose distance and vice versa.

What kind of difference in distance can I consider?

Any advice/comments to consider?
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in my opinion distance loss between between a 5 wood and a 2 or 3 hybrid (depending on loft) is negligible. I have a 3 hybrid (TM rescue) and if I really go after the ball i can hit it 220 maybe even 225. I hit my old 5 wood around 225-230 so i didn't seem much difference. Once I got used to a Hybrid I found them to be way more useful. I always found it hard to " smooth " a 5 wood or back off it a little bit where as with my hybrid I can hit 175 or 220 - it's also great for a multitude of trouble shots as well. So my vote would be with hybrid. If I am faced with 220 yard par 3 that would be club I could feel good about using as opposed to trying to shape a 5 wood onto a green. but thats just me - I am sure people feel the exact same about their 5 woods and some folks don't like hybrids period.
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Since you already have a hybrid in your bag i'd maybe look at a fairway wood. I love...love my titleist 980 15*. It's been the most consistant wood for me in any shot.
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in my opinion distance loss between between a 5 wood and a 2 or 3 hybrid (depending on loft) is negligible. I have a 3 hybrid (TM rescue) and if I really go after the ball i can hit it 220 maybe even 225. I hit my old 5 wood around 225-230 so i didn't seem much difference. Once I got used to a Hybrid I found them to be way more useful. I always found it hard to " smooth " a 5 wood or back off it a little bit where as with my hybrid I can hit 175 or 220 - it's also great for a multitude of trouble shots as well. So my vote would be with hybrid. If I am faced with 220 yard par 3 that would be club I could feel good about using as opposed to trying to shape a 5 wood onto a green. but thats just me - I am sure people feel the exact same about their 5 woods and some folks don't like hybrids period.

I rather like this advice. I purchased a 906F4. I found it relatively easy to hit. I tended to get a bit more distance with it than with the 16 degree hybrid it replaced ( but not that much ).

I put the hybrid back in my bag because it was easier to control. What I gave up in distance, I gained in control. Also, I found the hybrid a more versatile club: caught under a tree, I can put the ball back in my stance and hit it low and long; it is easier to hit out of the rough than the 906F4; I can hit a draw with it almost at will; and, if I practice this a bit, I can chip fairly well with this club. For these reasons, you may wish to consider the hybrid rather than the 906F4 15.5 degree wood.
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Question to shorgame85: do you like your Corbra Baffler?
How do you compare to other brand hybrid? Thanks!
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Question to shorgame85: do you like your Corbra Baffler?

I liked my first Cobra Baffler so much, I bought another, later that year. The following year I bought two more. Then, last year, I replaced my 5 iron with the 26 degree baffler. I now have 5 of them in my bag. Some may turn up their noses at my choice to have so many hybrids, but I am pleased I moved in that direction.

These clubs are just so easy to hit. I have read that some say that it is difficult to work the ball with a hybrid. I have found the Cobras fairly easy to hit low, draw or hit high and land soft. I even chip with them. As for your question regarding how I might compare the cobras to other brands: I haven't hit that many different hybrids. A couple of years ago, I hit the Callaway Heavenwood ( hybrid ) and liked it very much. These are available at great discounts. On a launch monitor I compared the Baffler to the Adams Boxer. I hit the Cobra longer and more consistently than the Adams. I don't recollect having hit any others. I hope this helps. Good luck.
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Thanks for information, Shortgame85!
I've been reluctantly replacing my long irons with hybrid, so I think I understand what you're saying about someone may turn up their noses at this. Since I can so much trust my hybrid (19* and 22*) when I needed a distance and control the most, I will be glad to replace 5 iron with hybrid as well. I tested Cobra last weekend and liked it. There were even 29*, ridiculously easy to hit and much longer than my 6 iron.

In the recent issue of Golf magazine in my bag section, pro golfers are replacing their 3 and 4 irons and recommend average golfers to consider replacing 3, 4, and 5. I don't feel bad about going this direction either.
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Thanks for information, Shortgame85!

Glad to help out. Let us know what you end up doing.
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I have been thinking about doing the same thing. I used to swear by my 5 wood but now I am having some real problems with it. I am hooking it and dont like sweeping it off the fairways. I tee'd off with my buddies Hogan Hybrid #3 and I think it was one of the best feeling shots I have ever hit. It went perfectly straight 230 yards down the fairway. I decided right there to add a hybrid to my bag.
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well i can answer this question really well for you because i own both. I can't hit the 906f4 worth a crap and i can rock the 585H. just make sure you get the steel shaft.

btw i have both clubs for sale in the marketplace
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I like my 585h 21 deg alot. It has a NV 75r and it is perfect..I think I'm just going to ge the 17 deg and that should be about it.
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I like my 585h 21 deg alot. It has a NV 75r and it is perfect..I think I'm just going to ge the 17 deg and that should be about it.

I would bet you've made a wise decision.

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FWIW, I carry a 25* hybrid, a 22* 7W and a 19* 5W. However the hybrid, the 7W, and the 5W are all shafted like hybrids (with relatively light steel shafts) - a couple inches shorter than a traditional 5W or 7W. My best estimate is that I lost maybe 5 yards off my traditional 5W distance. I view these two clubs as more forgiving hybrids.

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How do the lofts on the hybrids correlate to the fairway woods? Currently, I have a driver, and then a HUGE gap up until my 4i (forgive me, I just sold my old set to get into a brand new set of clubs!!). So I am having the same dilemma as the original poster, fairway woods or hybrids!!

So is liek 17*loft hybrid like a 5wood? or can someone point me in the right direction?
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How do the lofts on the hybrids correlate to the fairway woods? Currently, I have a driver, and then a HUGE gap up until my 4i (forgive me, I just sold my old set to get into a brand new set of clubs!!). So I am having the same dilemma as the original poster, fairway woods or hybrids!!

A 3W is typically around 15*, 4W 17*, 5W 19*, 7W maybe 22*, etc. Hybrid lofts vs. numbers vary (as do fairway woods, BTW).

dave
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When hybrids have #2, #3, #4, etc, designations, does that denote a 2iron, 3iron, 4iron... ?
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When hybrids have #2, #3, #4, etc, designations, does that denote a 2iron, 3iron, 4iron... ?

Yes.

And FWIW, I'm going thru a similar dilemma. I have just purchased several new clubs. Presently I have the 3W with 15° loft, and a hybrid 3i with a 20° loft which is on back order so I haven't played with it yet. My 5W is from an old starter set and I really do not know the loft however it is the club I hit best out of my old set. My irons begin with 5i that has 26° loft. So, I'm currently debating what, if anything, to get to replace the old 5W. I already need to fill in the gap I have between the hybrid 3i (20° loft) and my 5i (26°) but I want to address whether to replace my starter 5W.
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When hybrids have #2, #3, #4, etc, designations, does that denote a 2iron, 3iron, 4iron... ?

They can. Due to different impact dynamics, shafts, etc. you may hit a 4-hybrid farther or as far as your 3-iron. Get fitted and don't just blindly buy a "3H" to replace your 3-iron.

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