I find that they’re a fun way to spend a few hours with some buddies drinking a few beers, but at least for me, they have no relationship at all to playing on a course. Unless of course, your home course is absolutely flat, is covered in synthetic turf, and is under a weatherproof dome.
I have a set of the Cleveland HB Launcher which as you say are all based on hybrid design. I got them because I have always been a big fan of hybrids and the set is consistent in terms of distance gaps, etc. throughout. I'm also 68 years old and have a much slower swing speed then in the past. I don't however use the GW that came with the set, for wedges I'v gone to Cleveland wedges for my GW and SW. They work much better.
I think you will see a distance increase and higher launch with the hybrids vs irons, but I guess that depends on your particular swing.
Good luck with the new set and enjoy getting use to them.
Where i'm living it's 5-6 month of golf per year. Now that the kids are growing up, it's harder to play golf on the weekends because of all their activities. I'm trying to introduce them to golf but it's hard for young kids. So my trick is to wake up early and go play before work in the weekdays. I also go to the driving range during my lunch time at work. It help that I have a flexible schedule at work! Also, a round of golf for birthday gift if you have friends/family play golf, the wife cannot say no when it's a gift and you have to go with them!! 😄
I play or practice 5+ days a week May-August. I do it by getting up at the crack of dawn. I can play 18 holes and practice for 30-45 minutes and still be home before 10:00am. My family sometimes doesn't even know I went to the course.
I also get in some good practice time both on and off the course in the late afternoons if nothing else is going on. Working at a golf course helps a lot, and so does living right next to it. Sometimes I'll have an hour or so to kill and head over, grab a cart, run out, find an open hole, and practice on the course. It beats sitting watching TV.