Making the comparison between hybrids and irons is important for the senior golfer as it’s the only way of knowing if incorporating hybrids into the bag would be beneficial.
The best way of making a direct comparison between the two is to find a professional or golf store with launch monitor technology which uses radar to track a ball’s flight giving figures on swing speed, ball speed, ball spin, distance, direction and many other factors. If, however, there are no professionals or retailers nearby with such technology, there are other ways to compare senior hybrids and irons and find out if hybrid clubs would be worth the investment.
Every PGA professional or club fitter will have impact tape somewhere in their club or store. The tape is placed across the club face and gives instant feedback about where on the club face the ball is being struck from; toe, heel, top, bottom or centre.
This is important as different strike patterns can indicate problems with the club and swing. Using impact tape during a club comparison between hybrids and irons can give feedback not only on good strikes but bad strikes also.
When using impact tape, take note of what is happening to the ball during its flight. This is very important as the senior golfer will be able to see how the two different style of club react to centre, toe, or heel strikes. By using impact tape, the senior golfer could find the hybrid club more forgiving and it provides better distance on off centre hits. Senior golfers could also find that there is no difference in distance and flight when comparable lofts of iron or hybrid are struck from the middle of the club face. Whatever the findings, the senior golfer will get a good indication of the differences between hybrid clubs and irons and be in a better position to judge whether they should carry hybrids.
There are ways to also compare hybrids to standard irons when out on the course.
Find a distance of shot which both the iron and hybrid could be used for, a long iron approach for example. Practice hitting shots to the target with both the iron and hybrid and take note of the resulting shot. The senior golfer is looking for how the ball flew through the air, different shot shapes and differences in trajectory that the ball takes when alternating between the irons and hybrids. After this initial foray, senior golfers should test the irons and hybrids from different lies such as light rough, heavy rough, sand etc.
By directly comparing the results, the senior golfer will be able to compare the difference between hybrid clubs and long irons out on the course. By comparing the clubs out on the course, senior golfers will be able to analyse hybrids against irons during a match situation.