Originally posted by handlez42
I've been playing for 4(ish) years and have set on my tour edge exotics Trilogy hybrid. Its a slightly larger profile TaylorMade Raylor. The shaft is a mid/low (mostly low) kick shaft. Tour ad60 accuracy and distance shaft made for exotics. A bit whippy and im not big on the lower kick feel.
I got the Exotics XRail (Trilogy follow-on) 4W and 7W with the R.flex 60 gr. Graphite Design G-Series 60 shaft (mid-high launch, 3.9 torque). Good reliable GI woods, gets the ball up but holds wind fairly well (low-spin shaft).
Originally Posted by handlez42
... People tend to play their irons stiffer for tight dispersion and distance control and their woods softer for distance and working the ball. But a hybrid is exactly that...in the middle. So should a hybrid be shafted according to how your woods are shafted? Orrrr should be set up stiffer like an iron shaft. ..
For hybrids, it depends on what you want out of them. I have an Adams Idea Tech V4 hybrid - 4H - with a 59 gr. Mitsu Rayon Bassara 60 x 5ct R.flex shaft. It's low-mid launch, and had 4.1 torque. It has a D1 swingweight (a little light). The shaft is light too (hybrids normally start at 65 grams), but I like the feel of the club. Despite an initial low launch, it reaches a decent peak height. It's very stable into the wind, or when dealing with a crosswind. And, it splits the distance pretty well between 7W and 4i.
One thing to be aware of: The shaft static weight (i.e., 59 grams) interacts with shaft flex to determine ball flight characteristics. In late 2008, I started dumping my S.flex shafted irons and woods for R.flex. My irons had TT Dynalite S300 stiff, and driver had Grafalloy ProLaunch 65 gr. stiff with low launch, stiff tip. I lost distance with the irons, and had a lot of low drive.
I went to R.flex, and things started working again more or less.
At recent demo days, I've tried the lightweight steel (sub-100 grams) and some of the lighter (sub-60 gram) graphites. With the NS Pro 8950 shafts S.flex, (about 95 grams) I can get through the ball with no trouble at all. Also, the lighter graphites in S.flex seem to work OK too, but feel a bit light at the top. Also, not all Stiff shafts have the same comparative stiffness. (Check out Frequency Coefficient Matching (FCM) comparisons across shafts).