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More hybrids than irons in the bag?

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Since I broke my left wrist very badly three years ago, after foolishly hitting at a ball, resting on a camouflaged chunk of rock buried in deep rough with a PW, I was thereafter never able to hit long irons (3, 4, 5 and even 6) or take any kind of divot. I was out for six weeks. My iron play was in shambles, to the extent that I considered giving up the game - something really unimagineable for an old timer like me, but true. Within 18 months I fell from an 8 to a 17. Hitting greens in regulation became a fairy tale. I could drive and I could putt, that was it.

Yet hybrid technology provided me with an alternative; not magic, but something I could use to continue playing. I found that the 'sweeping' motion of hybrid play provided me with the ability to pick the ball clean, without the need to 'hit down' on it and taking divot as one would do with most irons. Systematically my long irons were replaced by hybrids: 3 iron > 19 degree Titleist 910h; 4 iron > 21 degree Titleist 913h; 5 iron > 24 degree Titleist 913h; and 6 iron > 27 degree Titleist 910h. The distances I get from these clubs are very similar than those I got with irons and the trajectory slightly lower.

Hybrids also affected my (highly suspicious) short game in a positive way. I have gradually learned to use these clubs to run the ball onto the green with relative precision, even from problematic lies. I also hit the hybrids far better from the second cut or semi-rough than I did with irons. I punch them better and keep them lower from below trees.

So, the hybrids work for me. They are, for me, versatile. They get the job done. I can appreciate why it is also called a 'utility club'.

I will highly unlikely be a single digit ever again, but at least I can still break 90 relatively often. I don't know if I'd still be playing my normal two rounds per week if it was not for the alternative hybrids provided.

I still use a 7, 8 and 9 iron, but replaced the shafts with stiff flex graphite shafts in an attempt to create the same feeling, possibly the sensation of the weight of the club, on the irons as on the hybrids.

I also carry a 3W and a 5W. In effect I have double the amount of hybrids and woods in my bag than irons.

Now, after this long story, my eventual question: Am I the only one? I have over the past three years never played with any person, ladies included, who had more hybrids than irons in their bag. I see some tour players carrying two hybrids, but no more - I think only KJ Choi and YE Yang carry three, and then only on some courses.

I realize that few things in golf could be considered normal: but is this normal, even for a 16 handicap in his late forties? Why don't I see many other players, especially older players, doing the same? Why do some players, even mid handicaps, frown upon the mere possibility of carrying more hybrids than irons or openly ridicule it? Are there other players on the forum carrying numerous hybrids or preferring hybrids to irons?

Thanks for any reaction - It would be a consolation to know that there are others whose bags look like gigantic flower pots, with all the huge headcovers standing out!

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What do you want?  To look good or score well?  IMO, from my experience in golf, nobody gives a damn what kind of stick you use to accomplish your goal.

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What do you want?  To look good or score well?

Neither really, too old for both - but I feel kinda freaky about the stuff in my bag.

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First of all, congrats to you on finding a way to continue playing this great game, that works within your physical limits.

I will say that I don't think there is the stigma against hybrids that you seem to feel there is. Perhaps more golfers could benefit from hybrids, but haven't made the switch yet. There could be a number or reasons for this, including pride (I don't want to give up my 4-iron!). But that being said, I haven't met a golfer yet who would look down on others for how they choose to construct their bag.

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My brother-in-law carries 8 woods/hybrids....including one wedge-wood that he hits about 90 yards max.  Oh yeah, he carries a chipper too.  His bag looks like it belongs on the high school girls golf team, but he plays off a strong 9 hcp.

If it works, it works!

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Since I broke my left wrist very badly three years ago, after foolishly hitting at a ball, resting on a camouflaged chunk of rock buried in deep rough with a PW, I was thereafter never able to hit long irons (3, 4, 5 and even 6) or take any kind of divot.

I just want to say, don't allow yourself to think it was foolish when you could not see it or did not know.  Other than that, welcome to the trap!

I use some weird clubs as well.  I only care about how they work.

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Play what works. My longest iron is a 6 and I considered taking that out for a 9w. Played with a guy a few weeks ago that had all woods except for a SW. He actually had a 52 degree 21 wood, some component custom deal. It was pretty dang cool if you ask me.

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My wife has a driver, 3W, 5W, and a set of all hybrids including the SW that my son bought for her. I was skeptical at first but now I know that was the best move she could have made. I also believe that plenty of guys would see their scores improve if they threw away their pride and borrowed her clubs (especially around the greens).

She can get around the course much better with those clubs than she would be able to do with conventional irons.

Don't tell anybody but sometimes I wish I had that hybrid SW in my bag. :-D In wet conditions it's almost impossible to mess up a shot with it.

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I too went through a phase with 3 or 4 hybrids - biggest problem was I found all the head covers to be unruly (I'm a head cover user and can barely fit 2 hybrids and a wood in my current bag). Curious how you manage all the head covers ?
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I too went through a phase with 3 or 4 hybrids - biggest problem was I found all the head covers to be unruly (I'm a head cover user and can barely fit 2 hybrids and a wood in my current bag). Curious how you manage all the head covers ?

Get a bigger bag... ....or smaller head covers.

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Too many head covers? Cart bag with 14 slots. Currently have covers on my driver, 3w, 7w, 4 and 5 hybrid doesn't seem crowded at all. I suppose bag design plays a part. If I had more would probably buy a Bennington.
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Played with a guy a few weeks ago that had all woods except for a SW. He actually had a 52 degree 21 wood, some component custom deal. It was pretty dang cool if you ask me.

That is the coolest club ever!

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Curious how you manage all the head covers ?

It can get unruly, as Dave2512 pointed out - but a normal staff bag with 6 slots do the thing; Putter & 27dH left front, driver + 3W right front; 5W & 19dH right middle; 21dH & 24dH left middle; 7 8 9 irons back right; 46 52 58 wedges back left. Since a hybrid is lighter than an iron with a steel shaft, the bag looks heavier but is in fact lighter; a bonus for me who likes walking and carrying my own bag.

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