Hybrid golf clubs can now be seen in the bags of not only amateur players across the world but also top professionals.
The reason hybrid clubs have exploded in popularity in recent years relates to their ease of use. Seniors should at least try hybrid clubs because they are not only easy to hit but can often achieve further distances than a conventional long or mid iron.
By deepening the cavity on the back of hybrids, manufacturers can move more weight to the perimeter of the club head. By maneuvering the amount of weight in the club head, from the centre to the edges, a greater moment of inertia (MOI) is created when the senior golfer strikes the ball. What this means is the club head of a hybrid doesn’t twist around as much when the ball is struck from the toe or heel. This perimeter weighting will give more distance on off centre hits and also will help lift the ball into the air. Because of their kinship with fairway woods, hybrids have a smooth rounded sole which is perfect for slicing through poor lies like deep rough. This combination of forgiveness and versatility is a good reason for senior golfers to go with hybrid clubs.
When using hybrids, there’s no need to make massive adjustments at set up. The senior golfer can play the hybrid club like a long iron. If the hybrids have a middle iron loft (5 iron or 6 iron) they can set up for a middle iron shot. Most hybrids are designed to take the place of long irons (2,3,4 irons) as these are generally the most difficult clubs to hit.
1. Because hybrids are primarily designed to replace long irons, senior golfers should set up accordingly. The ball will be just forward of centre with a 4 iron enabling a slightly descending blow.
2. Like a standard long iron shot, the feet, hips and shoulders should all be square to the ball-to-target line.
3. When swinging the club away and through the ball, the senior golfer needs an iron action.
4. The senior golfer shouldn’t ‘sweep’ the ball away like a fairway wood but rather strike down and through the ball, clipping the turf after the ball.
Try out a few hybrid clubs and see if you find them easy to use and perhaps they can help to increase the distance of your shots.