Originally Posted by westcyderydin
Hybrids are great for any golfer from beginner to pro. It just takes the right hybrid with the right shaft to fit the golfer and what the golfer wants.
Some hyrids are ugly at adress and either take some getting used to or just don't fit everybody. But there are some great looking well performing hybrids out there.
I really recommend Nickent hybrids. You can find them online new or used for around $50...with good shafts too. Just make sure to find out what shaft fits you.
And also don't look at the number or the loft on the hybrid and try to replace a wood or iron with the same number...it doesn't work like that. They are all a little different as far as distance and trajectory. As an example my 3 hybrid is twenty degrees and goes about ten yards further than my 3 iron which i believe is 23 degrees. But like i said that will be different for everybody.
IME, it does depending on the configuration/design of the hybrid.
FWIW, per Wikipedia:
Though generally similar to a wood of the same loft in performance, with slightly less carry distance (distance traveled before first impact) but similar launch trajectory, and generally similar to an iron in swing mechanics, hybrids have some behaviors different from either. Because the wood-like head design creates enormous impulse on the ball, the loft of a hybrid head is generally higher than either the wood or iron of the same number, so that the distance carried by the ball is similar to the comparable iron number.
This does two things; first, the angle of launch is increased so that the ball carries higher than the comparable iron. Second, the increased loft coupled with the tighter impulse also imparts increased backspin on the ball. This increased backspin is different from both the iron and the wood of the same number, and creates a flight path similar to a higher-loft iron but at a lower angle of launch; the backspinning ball will lift itself in the air along its flight line, "stall" when the lift generated by the spin coupled with the ball's momentum can no longer keep it in the air, and drop relatively sharply onto the turf. The sharp drop coupled with the continuing backspin creates "bite"; the ball's forward momentum will be arrested sharply at its point of impact and carry only a few yards thereafter.
Once this behavior is known to the player, it can be used to great effect. For instance, a player may be faced with a hole incorporating a hazard just in front of the green. A driver, low-loft fairway wood or long iron shot will roll significantly, and depending on the distance carried in the air the ball will either roll into the hazard with a resulting penalty, or roll past the green, which on many courses is difficult to recover from and may incorporate other hazards. Normally a player might hit a mid-iron shot designed to "lay up" in front of the hazard and then hit an "approach" shot with a wedge or short iron to carry over the hazard and onto the green. However, a hybrid with sufficient distance would allow the player to hit a shot that carries the full distance to the green in the air, but then "sticks" on the green relatively close to its impact point, allowing the player to make one stroke instead of two to get on the green.
Both my 3i and 3h are 21*. But, my 3h is an inch longer, so it yields a slight increase in swing speed which results in a carry that is greater than my 3i. However, since it stops quicker, the total distance is no greater than my 3i. For example, 210 is the "go" number for both my 3i and 3h. My 3i may carry 200 and roll out to 210. In contrast, my hybrid may carry 207 and roll out to 210. Granted, when my target is a fairway, I may get a little more total distance (due to increased roll) because I can lower the trajectory and spin more with a 3i than a 3h (ok, I admit it, I can't actually do that, I'm talking about when I thin or "blade" the shot, but you get the general concept. LOL). However, the trade-off is worth the benefit of being able to hit the green and hold it from 210 out even with slightly thinned shots. In fact, it's because of this last point that I decided to switch out my 3i for a 3h. I was going for a green in two on a par 5. I had 210 left with a trap in front and a lake guarding the left side of the green. I mis-hit my 3i resulting in a low draw. It cleared the trap, but once it hit the green, it just rolled and rolled right off the green into the water. I threw down another ball, took the cellophane off the grip of my 3h--I had just bought it, and hit another ball. Crap, another low draw. Just like my 3i, it cleared the front bunker and hit the green. I saw the ball rolling and figured it was gone too. However, it just stopped. It was then that I had my "Ah-ha" moment with hybrids. It's funny that Wikipedia uses this very example because I "discovered" this "attribute" about hybrids long before I looked it up.
Lastly, my initial foray with a hybrid was a complete disaster. My results were mixed at best. It was a 20* head fitted with a 67 gram stiff HL graphite shaft. I hit more duck hooks than I could count resulting in me trying to change my swing to become anti-hook. Not a good thing because I starting missing left and right, so I sold the damn thing. My current hybrid is a 21* head fitted with a 92 gram stiff graphite shaft with a higher kick point. Plays like an iron and I don't worry about duck hooks any more than I did with my 3i.