sorry, resurrecting an old thread only because this is bugging the crap out of me. I think the responses to this thread were unanimous that the 3 hybrids are longer than comparable modern 3 irons. I haven't found this to be the case at all ... and over the course of the past 3 months, I have tried two different 3 hybrids (2013 Adams Super S 19° & 2009 Nickent 4DX 18.5°) with a direct comparison to a 2013 Taylormade Rocketbladez 3 iron (18°). Note that the hybrids and 3i all measure exactly the same length - the 3 iron has a steel shaft, hybrids graphite - all regular flex. I've put probably 25 rounds on these clubs over that period & have deduced the following through many comparable shots (I use a laser to measure distances, so they're pretty good).
The 3 hybrids average somewhere around 195-205 off the tee with a well struck shot. The 3i average somewhere between 205-225 off the tee with a comparably struck shot. Off the deck, the hybrids are more consistent - without question, my misses are far worse with the 3 iron off the deck - I occasionally see banana slices which I never see in anything but fairway woods - never slice hybrids or any other irons for that matter like that. Seems mistakes are exhaggerated off the deck with the 3 iron ... but HOLY COW, when I flush one - nothing like it ... last week I had 205 in & pured that 3 iron - nice high ball flight, bounced once on the back of the green and over - I bet it would have rolled out to 235 on the fairway. Never ever get that kind of distance out of hybrids of comparable loft (not saying this was anything but an anomaly - the stars must have aligned on that shot). Out of the rough, thats a non-issue - I reach for my 5 iron every time - swinging longer clubs extra hard out of the rough beats up my back, so I don't do it.
So I'm just curious what you more experienced guys make of this .... is there some magic pixie dust mixed in to the Taylormade casting that makes that 3i apparently break the rules & eat hybrids for breakfast or could there be something about my swing that just doesn't work for hybrids (I really don't think I'm doing anything consciously different in swinging any of these clubs) ??
Edited by inthehole - 10/30/13 at 12:43pm