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21 degree iron vs hybrid vs wood video

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I found a video on youtube of a golfer presenting and comparing his trackman data for the above 3 clubs:

 

 

The clubs all have the same loft and are a 3 iron, a 3 hybrid and a 7 wood.  He hits them 230, 237, and 251.  (He's long!).

Now, i'm sure most of us know that the distances with equivalent loft would be iron<hybrid<wood.  Nothing new there, so bear with me.  The hybrid was half a club longer than the iron.  I expected this.  However, the 7 wood for him was a club longer than the hybrid.  Now this made me think.  Extrapolating this, presumably his 5 wood would be about 2 clubs longer than the 3 hybrid, and 2.5 clubs longer than the 3 iron.

 

This has certainly made me think about distance gaps.  I have a 23 hybrid and instead of going to a 5W from there i guess i may need to go to a 7W (and from there a 4W).

 

But there is another variable - swing speed.  This guy clearly has a very high swing speed.  Am i right in thinking that for lower and more average swing speeds the gaps between longer clubs are greatly reduced?

 

Check out this link for average distances on the PGA and LPGA tour:

 

http://www.andrewricegolf.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/2009-Tour-Averages.jpg

 

Apparently the ladies only hit their 7W half a club longer than their 4 iron and their 5W 15 yards past their 4 iron.  This would suggest going from 4H to 5W gives about the right gap.

 

Anyway, i found this interesting and i thought i'd share as i know the make up of the longer end of the bag is something lots of us wrestle with.

post #2 of 6

Interesting that he actually carried the 3-iron further than the hybrid.....and the smash factor on all 3 was the inverse of the total distance.

 

Of course, one swing with each doesn't necessarily tell the whole story either.

post #3 of 6
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I couldn't make out if the iron carry distance was 203 or 208.

It was just one swing each but i'm assuming he's had the integrity to go with these shots because they represent his typical distances with each club. 

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Originally Posted by GaryH View Post

I couldn't make out if the iron carry distance was 203 or 208.

It was just one swing each but i'm assuming he's had the integrity to go with these shots because they represent his typical distances with each club. 

208.  Hybrid carry was 205 and the 7-wood 215.  Can't read the 3-iron launch angle, but the land angle shows the 3-iron coming down much steeper than either of the other 2.......the result of the higher spin rate?  Lot of people on here better versed in analyzing trackman data than me......

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Originally Posted by David in FL View Post

208.  Hybrid carry was 205 and the 7-wood 215.  Can't read the 3-iron launch angle, but the land angle shows the 3-iron coming down much steeper than either of the other 2.......the result of the higher spin rate?  Lot of people on here better versed in analyzing trackman data than me......

Hmmm, yes, interesting.  With my limited knowledge i can also only assume it's the higher spin rate.  I think i'm correct in saying the hybrid and even more so the wood are designed to go higher and come down steeper than the iron to hold greens better, and he's getting the opposite.

post #6 of 6

My 5 iron (JPX 825 pro) is 26* and my 5 hybrid (Adams I-Tech v4) is 25*. The hybrid is 10 yds longer than the iron and fills my gap very nicely
 

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