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Hybrid technology improvements??

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Hi all, I've decided to invest in a hybrid... Or 2! My swing with fairway woods are just too inconsistent of the ground! Although I'm swaying towards Adams, I've seen some cally heavenwoods hybrids, I believe we're great in their day,(about 8/9 years old??) just wondering anyone's views if the technology has improved within hybrids so greatly over 8/9 years! I've read a ton of reviews and many claim the heavenwoods are still as good, if not better, than many modern hybrids, but I'd have to buy these without testing! So whaddaya think? Are some of the modern hybrids far superior to the slightly older ones? All thoughts appreciated!
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off course there is a difference, todays's hybrids have mostly multiple lofts.

Shafts are much better.

Why are you thinking off going to Adams?

Good ones to try:

Cobra ( pretty much the first company who had hybrids on the market )

Taylormade

Titleist

Mizuno

There are tons off options.

Even if you have chosen a brand you have options.

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Well the modern ones I'm looking at are the cleveland classic, Adams super s, cobra baffler, I can try these out, but I've seen some very cheap great condition cally heavenwoods & ping rapture v2, also the thing is I'm quite fussy about the shape! Some look like fairway woods, Does anyone think a well designed older club can match a modern tech pact new club! I've spent so much on golf this year I've been reduced to bargain hunting I'm afraid!
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Well the modern ones I'm looking at are the cleveland classic, Adams super s, cobra baffler, I can try these out, but I've seen some very cheap great condition cally heavenwoods & ping rapture v2, also the thing is I'm quite fussy about the shape! Some look like fairway woods,

Does anyone think a well designed older club can match a modern tech pact new club!

I've spent so much on golf this year I've been reduced to bargain hunting I'm afraid!

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Basically, you have two types of hybrids:

  • Traditional (I guess we can say that?). The early versions were designed to bridge the FWs and the long irons, and fell between the two in loft and shaft length.
  • Iron replacement: These hybrids are designed to integrate with a specific model of irons. Often, they will have a shaft length and loft just about the same as the irons they are meant to replace. For example, the Mizuno JPX clubs:

JPX FLI-HI

Loft

Length

JPX-825 and

JPX-EZ

Loft

Length

3H

19°

38.75”

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4H

22°

38.25”

4i

22°

38.25”

5H

25°

37.75”

5i

25°

37.75”

Data from 2014 Muzuno Golf Collection booklet.

As saevel25 said, newer hybrids offer less offset/hook bias. In early hybrids, I would have needed a pro or tour head with an R-flex shaft (as in special order) to avoid hooking.

Also, there's more shaft variety within models.

Early hybrids I tried - I played one for a few months instead of a 5W - just weren't right for me. Then, I showed up at a spring demo day, and found both Adams and Callaway models I could hit. You just have to find the hybrid(s) that work for you.

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Well I bought the cleveland classic 3h, it's the same loft as my 4i but 1" longer.
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