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19* hybrid, 19* 5 wood, what is the difference?

post #1 of 15
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I am looking to add a 19 degree club to my bag. The only wood in it currently is a driver. What are the adv/disadv of a 5 wood? What are the adv/disadv of a hybrid?
post #2 of 15

Re: 19* hybrid, 19* 5 wood, what is the difference?

The hybrids are designed to get the ball up off the fairway easily, and land softly on the green. Not much different than a 5 wood, honestly, but overall they're supposed to be easier to hit off the grass.
post #3 of 15

Re: 19* hybrid, 19* 5 wood, what is the difference?

Built to standard club lengths a 19 degree hybrid will probably be in the 38.5 or 39" range. a 5 wood will probably be in the 41.5~42" range. THe extra 3 inches will probably mean a club that is slightly less accurate (depending on your swing) but will also have approx 15-25 yards more distance.

Depending on your swing and comfort level, I would try both. Some players prefer one style or the other.
post #4 of 15

Re: 19* hybrid, 19* 5 wood, what is the difference?

Originally Posted by clearwaterms View Post
Built to standard club lengths a 19 degree hybrid will probably be in the 38.5 or 39" range. a 5 wood will probably be in the 41.5~42" range. THe extra 3 inches will probably mean a club that is slightly less accurate (depending on your swing) but will also have approx 15-25 yards more distance.

Depending on your swing and comfort level, I would try both. Some players prefer one style or the other.
Also, a Hybrid will be around 228-230 grams in head weight and a 5-wood will be around 218 grams, giving you options for shaft weight. As stated above, the short shaft (plus lighter shaft) in hybrid will give you better control, but at a reduced distance.

What I mean about weights is this, it's easier to hit a nail square on the head with a 16-oz short claw hammer than it is with 22-oz long handled framing hammer. But with practice, you could do both really well. Like the man said above, try both.
post #5 of 15

Re: 19* hybrid, 19* 5 wood, what is the difference?

I don't know your skill level, but for me, I found the 19 degree hybrid a little easier to hit different ways. The 5-wood was great, it went straight and a little further. The problem was, it was a little hard to take some yardage off it and still be consistent. With the hybrid, I am able to choke down and take a shorter back swing to take some distance off, while still being able to move the ball a little if I need to. I can hit the hybrid straight 190 or 230. When I tried 5-woods, I could hit them fine, but it was hard to ease off and hit a ball 200 yards straight. I wanted a club that I could hit between a 4-iron and a strong 3-wood, and the hybrid was easier for me for that wide of a gap.
post #6 of 15

Re: 19* hybrid, 19* 5 wood, what is the difference?

I love my 5 wood in all lies. I struggle with hybrids. My much better friend is the opposite. the 5 wood will carry much further. For me, when i'm looking at that kind of distance, I would rather go with comfort and accuracy
post #7 of 15

Re: 19* hybrid, 19* 5 wood, what is the difference?

Does all this mean that a 19 degree hybrid is more comparable to a 7 wood or 3 iron and not the 3 wood?
post #8 of 15

Re: 19* hybrid, 19* 5 wood, what is the difference?

I assume then also, a 16* 1 hybrid will have a lot less yards than a 15 - 15.5 3 wood because of the shaft length difference?
post #9 of 15

Re: 19* hybrid, 19* 5 wood, what is the difference?

Originally Posted by SandyFeet View Post
Does all this mean that a 19 degree hybrid is more comparable to a 7 wood or 3 iron and not the 3 wood?
a 19 degree hybrid is a little stronger then a 3 iron. Some manufacturers make hybrid clubs a little longer and the general rule of thumb is that a hybrid will be about 1/2 club longer then the equivelant iron. This means that you will hit the 19 degree hybrid further then the 3 iron.

Comparing a 19 degree hybrid to a 7 wood it comes down to shot shape. I hite my 20 degree hybrid about 1 club length further then my 7 wood however most say the 7 wood should go about the same distance as the 19. You will however have alot more hight and a softer landing with a 7 wood.

For me, the 19 degree hybrid is very difficult to hit out of the rough if its not up on top. the 7 wood gets the ball up in the air quicker, so it is better from the rough.
post #10 of 15

Re: 19* hybrid, 19* 5 wood, what is the difference?

I kicked the 5w out of my bag in favor of a 3h. The reason being that I hit my 3h almost as far, but it is way more accurate and controllable than my old 5w. At my skill level and that distance, I'm just happy to keep it out of the bunkers and rough around the green allowing for more accurate chips. The 3h typically lets me do that.
post #11 of 15

Re: 19* hybrid, 19* 5 wood, what is the difference?

I don't carry a 5w. I carry a 2H and it hits more like an iron (and feels like one). It's shorter than my 5w, steel shafted and i hit it higher and doesn't get as "wayward" :D Still hit the 2H 220 give or take so I'm happy with it
post #12 of 15

Re: 19* hybrid, 19* 5 wood, what is the difference?

I pulled my 19* 5W and 3i and replaced them with a 18* 3H and 21* 4H. I found I hit my Launcher 5W better, farther, and straighter than my 3H. So, I pulled the 3H and put the 5W back in. My 4H, however, is one of my favorite clubs. It's strange . . . hit really well with the 4H, and crappy with the 3H. I guess when everyone really gets down to it, it all depends on how the club hits for you.
post #13 of 15

Re: 19* hybrid, 19* 5 wood, what is the difference?

Originally Posted by TheWarHound View Post
I pulled my 19* 5W and 3i and replaced them with a 18* 3H and 21* 4H. I found I hit my Launcher 5W better, farther, and straighter than my 3H. So, I pulled the 3H and put the 5W back in. My 4H, however, is one of my favorite clubs. It's strange . . . hit really well with the 4H, and crappy with the 3H. I guess when everyone really gets down to it, it all depends on how the club hits for you.
Because your 3H at 18* is a 2-iron and your 21* 4H is a 3-iron. The lofts on those clubs is too steep to be a 3 & 4, they've gotta be 2- & 3-irons. Do they match your other set? If not, there must be a 5-8* gap between your 4H (3-iron) and your 5-iron.
post #14 of 15

Re: 19* hybrid, 19* 5 wood, what is the difference?

if you hit it relatively high go with the hybrid.... if you are a low ball hitter go with the 5-wood... the five-wood still has a lower center of gravity than a hybrid does... I played between 5-wood and 2-iron for years and years... and I hit the ball practically straight up in the air and bring it down well... but I hit it too high with the 5-wood and not high enough with the 2-iron... so the hybrid is a happy medium... in my opinion the hybrid is more versatile that the 5-wood... but the 5-wood is a better club off the tee... the hybrids haven't been perfected for off the tee yet...

In conclusion the 5-wood is good off the tee, the semi-rough and the fairway, and good higher shots...

but shots tend to get caught up in the wind with the 5-wood...

The hybrid has a slightly lower ball flight, is good practically everywhere, the only draw back is the distance isn't "consistant" of the tee (for like long par-3s and such)
post #15 of 15

Re: 19* hybrid, 19* 5 wood, what is the difference?

Try both and see what works. Ive noticed that the hybrids are a lot easier to hit from the fairways and you got a lot more control
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