Looking to help my longer irons. I just have trouble with the 4 and 5. I was hoping to get a hybrid that I could use instead. advice?
Edited by Cossackred - 3/5/11 at 8:49pm
I was in a similar situation when I started playing a few years back. Ultimately, go to the golf store and hit multiple options. At the time, I hit several of the name brands (Taylormade, Cleveland, etc.) and at the time purchased a "cheaper" hybrid because in the simulator I was longer and/or more consistent.
I'm confident that was more related to the shaft in that club being a better fit for my swing moreso than the head itself.
There is a cornicopia of very good hybrids out there. So the one you hit the best is the one you want. The only way to tell that is to go and hit a bunch of hybrids in the desired loft(s) and see what you think.
As others mentioned, select the one you feel most comfortable with.
If you have a Golf Galaxy nearby, take a look at their used hybrid rack. Luckily my location had probably 20 or so different ones to choose from. I probably hit every 3 hybrid they had in the past month in their simulator and decided either the Taylormade '07 or '09 rescues really fit my swing well. There is something about TM shafts that seem to gel with me. The Burner '08 version was on sale for $99 brand new but I did not care for how I hit it. The pear shaped head seemed strange to me at address. Probably all mental but I couldnt hit it as well and always seemed to make better contact with the 07 or 09's. I ended up finding a very nice used '07 version on ebay for $41 shipped. Couldn't be happier with my choice. So far results at the range have been hit and miss as I am still shaking the winter rust off. But I went the other day and smoked it down the middle more often than not. So happy thus far.
If you want a new club, the box stores will be happy to tape up a club for you to try out. Select the one you feel you are making the best contact on a consistent basis with.
If you find one you like, go back in a day or two and try and hit it again. If you can replicate the results, go with it.
Good luck in your search.