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GOLF & LEISURE 87 7. WHERE SHOULD MY HYBRIDS KICK IN? Deciding how many hybrids you should carry boils down to distance gapping and the longest iron you feel comfortable hitting. Get on a launch monitor to check all your carry distances as a starting point. If your 5-iron is carrying the same or only slightly longer than your 6-iron then your first hybrid should be a substitute for your 5-iron. But this doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be a 5-hybrid. Choose the lofts that carry the ball the distance you need to ensure even gapping from your longest iron to your shortest wood. If your gapping is good right up to 3-iron then the decision is more about what you feel comfortable with, the flight you want with your hybrids/long irons and the conditions you play in. It might be worth having hybrids and long irons and tweaking your set to suit the conditions. 8.HOWFARDOI NEED THEM TO GO? MATT BYRNE, TAYLORMADE’S FITTING TOUR MANAGER, EXPLAINS HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CLUBS BETWEEN YOUR IRONS AND WOODS. How do I decide how many hybrids/ long irons I need to fill the gap between fairway wood and irons? During a fitting we will establish the level of ball speed differential between the clubs in question. Ball speed will have the biggest determining factor on carry distance and generally a 4-hybrid will create more ball speed than a 4-iron. The most important factor is to analyse how far your highest lofted fair way travels vs lowest lofted iron when deciding which hybrid or hybrids best fits the gap. These longer clubs roll out more, so is total distance actually more significant than carry distance for gapping? It depends what your requirements are. If you want a hybrid to simulate a fairway wood, then total is more important than carry. But if you want a hybrid to imitate an iron, then carry distance is more crucial. Should I take the distance I need to commonly hit on a long par-3 or approach shots on my course into account? We always try to use examples from the player’s home course and cross reference this with measurable data from a launch monitor. It’s a critical part of the fitting to ensure we replicate real-life situations that a player will find themselves in. Golfer profile: This is the most forgiving head shape, so it’s ideal for slower swingers and players who struggle to get their mid and longer irons in the air. It will launch the ball high and generate plenty of back spin. This makes it especially useful for approach shots into greens but you can lose some distance off the tee. Visual preference: The larger head does suit someone who prefers to look down at woods, but remember, you still have to hit down on it like an iron. Course conditions: The wider sole is excellent in wetter conditions and out of rough, so it’s a good option for most parkland courses. It’s also helpful where there are longer approach shots into relatively small greens. Golfer profile: The long iron is usually seen as a better player’s club these days. It will launch lower and usually spin less than a hybrid. They are also less forgiving. Visual preference: It can look intimidating behind the ball so you need to be a confident ball-striker. A lot of better players prefer the shape and find it easier to align. Course conditions: The lower flight and less back spin make this a fantastic club in firm and fast conditions and very windy courses. HYBRIDS/LONG IRONS THE TYPE OF GOLFER YOU ARE, VISUAL PREFERENCE AND TYPE OF COURSES YOU PLAY WILL DICTATE THE IDEAL CLUBS FOR YOU. CHUNKIER HYBRID Golfer profile: This offers more forgiveness than a long iron but it’s a bit more workable than a larger hybrid, although it does require a bit of a crisper strike and faster swing speed. It can help better players who feel a more traditional hybrid will go left on them. Visual preference: The smaller head is closer to an iron aesthetically, which can encourage you to hit down more easily. Course conditions: It’s a bit of an all-rounder as it’s still very effective on softer courses and out the rough, while offering a lower-spinning flight that is easier to control through the wind. COMPACT HYBRID LONG IRON WHAT HEAD SHAPE WILL SUIT ME BEST? 9.
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