what hybrid loft replaces a 5 wood
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Re: what hybrid loft replaces a 5 woodA 5-wood is usually anywhere between 18 and 21 degrees. I think the best club to replace it is a 3-hybrid (I would choose 19* if they offer it). Keep in mind that hybrids have a slightly shorter shaft and usually land softer than woods. If you can demo a hybrid first I would recommend doing so.
Re: what hybrid loft replaces a 5 wood
Re: what hybrid loft replaces a 5 woodAbove poster; yes. The shaft length is what is giving you the extra distance. Hybrid shafts also tend to be heavier too.
To replace a 5wood I would go with 19 or 20. Don't worry about what # hybrid its called, unimportant issue. I had a cft ti 19* that I used to carry instead of a 5 wood, was a 230-240 club. Actually the club I holed out from 235 for a dbl eagle. (Was going to bronze it, but just sold it on ebay)
I have a buddy who has a 19 degree hybrid with a 5 wood shaft and he murders the ball with it.
$0.02 from me
All mfg's do this, not just TM. It's how they can tell you that their club X, hits further than the competitors club X. Lofts are set. 21 degrees is 21 degrees no matter who's club it is. This will never change.
Remember that a 5W usually has a longer shaft than a comparable H. So, it may be difficult to get an exact replacement, because the 5W's longer shaft helps the ball go farther. Shorter-shafted Hs offer more control, but someone who can control a 5W gets more distance in part from the longer shaft. A person who can't control a 5W may get more reliable distance from a hybrid because of more center hits.
Here's a sampling of what TaylorMade and Callaway offer:
|TM Hybrid||Tour 2||16.5*||41.5"|
|Razr X Black||5W||19*||42"|
|Razr X Tour Hybrid||2H.T||18*||40.75"|
|Razr X Hybrid||3H||21*||40.25"|
Several months ago, I went to a demo day. Both the Callaway and Adams reps were cautious about the 2H: Unless a golfer has really good clubhead speed, they warned me individually, the lower loft might make it difficult to get the ball out of the rough.
Also: Tour or pro head hybrids in R flex might be useful to average golfers to lessen hooking. The offset in regular hybrid heads sometimes encourages hooking.
Their 17 degree hybrid is equivalent to 2 iron and 5 wood.
Their 20 degree hybrid is equivalent to 3 iron and 7 wood.
Their 23 degree hybrid is equivalent to 4 iron and 9 wood.
They've matched hybrids with irons of the same loft, but surely the hybrid will go a little further with its longer shaft and weightier head? The hybrid-wood match up strikes me as reasonable since the equivalent fairway has a higher/weaker loft which i guess would offset the effect of its longer shaft relative to the hybrid.