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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 

Hey all,

On the course I play league there are two par 3's that run 185-190 yards depending on placement.  Well I have a gap in my play that I was hoping I could pick up a hybrid up to fit those yardage totals. 

I hit my

6 iron about 160

5 iron 170

4 iron 180

5 wood 215

 

 

I have a three iron but it has a vibration in it and I just hate hitting it...I only keep it in my bag for punching out low should I need it.

So my question is....based on my other clubs do you think a hybrid could help me fill that  gap.  I've never used one and I don't know what to expect as far as yardage and I see them in 18" 21" 24 (2,3,4). So I have no idea what direction I should go.....   Unfortunately I really don't have anyplace local I can go demo a few.  Obviously I will before I buy but....

 

OR should I just go buy a replacement for my 3 iron and go that route?

post #2 of 27

Had a gap in my clubs to, I never could hit the 3 or 4 very well. Hated using them. Friend of mine picked up a hybrid set, 3 & 4. He let me try them out a few times while we played. I loved them and ended up picking up a set for myself.

 

Just ordered a set of Callaway Razor HL's with the 3 & 4 hybrids and 5 thru Pitch irons. They should be in in a week or so. A lot of the guys I have played with have asked to try my hybrids, most end up buying at least one.

post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 

so do you think I should expect to hit a 4hybrid similar distance to my 4iron?  if so a 3 hybrid would help me fill the gap but I hit my irons so well that perhaps I should just pick up a replacement 3 iron.  I just don't want to buy a 3 when what I really need is a 4 or 5 hybrid.

 

btw, my 1-3-5 woods are the Callaway razr x black versions and I love them

post #4 of 27

A couple of things you could do...

 

Try a 7-wood. Does the model 5W you hit make a 7W?

 

Test out some hybrids. If you can hit them, find the one which fits the gap best.

 

Most hybrids fall between FWs and numbered irons in shaft length. So you have to test them out to find the one which goes the right distance. Some hybrid models have a draw bias, so if you hook them, check out an H with a pro or tour head (very little offset).

post #5 of 27

Take this for what it's worth as I am a poor swinger, but I hit a 25* Adams idea 5H about 170-175 yds; I can't hit a 5i more than about 150 yds. As stated earlier, it's best to borrow or get one on loan so you can check it out for your swing

post #6 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by WUTiger View Post

A couple of things you could do...

 

Try a 7-wood. Does the model 5W you hit make a 7W?

 

 

 

I did think about this and I could still go that route because I hit my fairway woods well but I was thinking I could get more overall use from a hybrid. 
I really was just looking for someone to say what SCV76 said so I could get a little idea on what to expect on yardage differences from a 5i to a 5h, 4i to 4h and 3i to 3h as I have never hit them. 
I understand the simple rule of golf clubs that each will be different by user and you need to test before you buy, I was just trying to save myself some time narrowing it down a bit first for helping me figure out what I should be looking for.
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by scv76 View Post

Take this for what it's worth as I am a poor swinger, but I hit a 25* Adams idea 5H about 170-175 yds; I can't hit a 5i more than about 150 yds. As stated earlier, it's best to borrow or get one on loan so you can check it out for your swing

I am the same. I hit my hybrids about 10 yrds father than I "should" be able to hit the same iron.

post #8 of 27

If I were you I'd get a 3H and a 4H.  If you can only get one right now get the 3H.  You should expect to hit them higher and about 10 yards further than the corresponding irons.

post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by Tuflehundon View Post

I am the same. I hit my hybrids about 10 yrds father than I "should" be able to hit the same iron.

I tested a 19* Adams super hybrid xtd and this thing was long. Too long for my set as it was only 10 or 15 yards shorter than my RBZ 3HL. I had to go with a 22* although I have a 23* Mashie. Certain hybrids I find a lot longer than others based on shafts and design. OP Test them all to find one that works for you. I suggest buying some used clubs from 3balls.com as they have a 30day free shipping back return policy. I would suggest starting with a cleveland mashie, they have a good shaft and start at only $50 on 3balls. 

post #10 of 27

You pretty much stated my yardages exactly and I too have that gap. I have tested some hybrids but honestly I don't like them. I'm sure I could get use to them but I just don't like the feel plus I would have to drop a wedge and its seems wrong to replace a scoring club with a 200yd club.

 

What I have done is worked on my 4 iron (I don't even have a 3) such that I can hit 2 shots. One is the normal smooth 85-90% that give me 185ish. The other is a bigger swing, going at it 95-100%, setting up a little further away and lengthening my swing. Obviously this is much easier to do off a tee so its perfect for those pesky 200yd par 3s. I would not recommend this approach unless you are a lower handicapper since you don't want to mess up your normal game. You are at 14 so you're close. Hybrid is probably the way to go especially since you are carrying a 3I and the Hybrid won't force you out of a scoring club.

 

Maybe give this a shot at the range one day though and see how it works. Its good to have options.

post #11 of 27

I use a 20.5* (3) Hybrid and the lowest iron I use is a 4 iron.  I hit my 4 Iron right around 190 yards and my hybrid goes 215 no problem.  I have the Cleveland Mashie Hybrid M3 and the ball seems to really fly off the club high and long.

post #12 of 27
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys...that is really exactly what I was looking for.  I ordered three hybrids today so I can test them out and get and idea if I'm even going to like them and how I hit them....if not I'll order a replacement for my 3 iron and learn to use it properly lol.

 

Thanks again for all the help

post #13 of 27

I've gone thru a phase of really wanting to be able to hit long irons rather than hybrids, but now I might be resorting back to going the hybrid route from 190+. My only problem is I tend to have a real difficult time getting solid contact with a hybrid. I hit really thin, adjust for my error, and chunk it next time.

post #14 of 27

I swing my hybrid more like a driver than an iron.  I think my hybrid is definitely easier to hit though.  I still use my 4 iron but my set did not come with a 3 iron so I got a 3 hybrid instead.

post #15 of 27

Looks like we hit our irons about the same distance. A 3 hybrid 18° on a full swing will be so long. I think a 4 hybrid 21° would go long also. I say load up on the 4 iron lol, but im new hah. a1_smile.gif I would tee up just a tiny bit high and hit it 105%.

post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by Mobey View Post

Thanks guys...that is really exactly what I was looking for.  I ordered three hybrids today so I can test them out and get and idea if I'm even going to like them and how I hit them....if not I'll order a replacement for my 3 iron and learn to use it properly lol.

 

Thanks again for all the help

Which ones did you order?

post #17 of 27
Thread Starter 

TaylorMade 2011 Rescue 18,21,and 23.5 (#3,#4,#5) why?

post #18 of 27
I just bought yet another hybrid & don't like it - suggest you get a 7 wood - I hit mine better than any hybrid I've owned & I've owned a lot of them
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