Originally Posted by inthehole
... Or maybe the 7 wood is simply obsolete with how good today's hybrid technology is. ...
Obsolete means "out of date" or "no longer in use." OEMs still make 7Ws, and people buy them. If you have trouble hitting hybrids, Hs don't seem that good for you.
Some people have trouble hitting hybrids. I ran into several senior golfers last season who had dumped hybrids for higher lofted FW. And, other people really like hybrids. Whatever works...
There are trade-offs between FWs and hybrids. Hybrids are "easier to hit" for some people because they have shorter shafts, but have almost flat faces. But, FWs have curved clufaces - bulge and roll - which spins toe and heel hits back toward center.
Also, the OEMs have been revamping the fairway woods recently. Check out the 7W - you might find something you like.
I had trouble with hybrids at first, but eventually found two models which I could hit - Edge Tour and Adams Idea Black with R-flex shafts (the low offset cut down on hooks I had with other hybrids). I have stayed with the FWs, however, because I need extra distance.
Edit = clean up grammar.
Edited by WUTiger - 2/11/12 at 8:26pm