Hybrid Golf Clubs, Why Do They Launch The Ball Higher Than My Long Irons (Video) - by Peter Finch
Hybrid Golf Clubs, Why Do They Launch The Ball Higher Than My Long Irons (Video) - by Peter Finch

Why do my hybrid golf clubs launch the ball higher than my long irons? Now the easiest answer to this question is a hybrid, being a combination of a fairway wood and a long iron, it has the best of both worlds; and specifically it has a lot more perimeter weighting than a long iron. So although the clubs might be similar length, I’ve got a 20-degree hybrid here to replace my three iron. My perimeter weighting here is pushed far further back in the club head. Now as the perimeter weighting is pushed further back in the club head, the center of gravity also moves back. Now as the center of gravity in the perimeter weighting is pushed back in the club head, there’s more actual lift and loft -- well, not so much loft, but more lift available. Any ball kind of struck from the heel to the toe or the middle of this club face is going to get higher, quicker, than it would with a long iron.

Now a long iron has a much narrower sole and the perimeter weighting isn’t as great. Now that means even a shot which is struck out of the center will go on a lower trajectory. It won’t quite have the amount of lift and the amount of actual kind of height available as a hybrid. So if you are struggling with long irons, you are struggling to actually get them up in the air, a hybrid is a fantastic replacement that you can use. But not only that, it can be played exactly the same. So I can play this exactly as I did my three iron. So the ball a few inches forward is center in my stance, stance nice and wide, just about shoulder width, solid posture, head and chest just behind the ball and I’m just going to try and bruise the ground after impact. And even with that shot which is slightly on the heavy side, the ball was still able to lift up in the air very, very quickly and actually land very, very softly. So the reason that the hybrid goes longer and higher than the long irons is just all about the center of gravity and the perimeter weighting. If you haven’t had a go with them yet, give them a go. And if you are struggling in high with the long irons, have a think about replacing them with more hybrid clubs.
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Why do my hybrid golf clubs launch the ball higher than my long irons? Now the easiest answer to this question is a hybrid, being a combination of a fairway wood and a long iron, it has the best of both worlds; and specifically it has a lot more perimeter weighting than a long iron. So although the clubs might be similar length, I’ve got a 20-degree hybrid here to replace my three iron. My perimeter weighting here is pushed far further back in the club head. Now as the perimeter weighting is pushed further back in the club head, the center of gravity also moves back. Now as the center of gravity in the perimeter weighting is pushed back in the club head, there’s more actual lift and loft — well, not so much loft, but more lift available. Any ball kind of struck from the heel to the toe or the middle of this club face is going to get higher, quicker, than it would with a long iron.

Now a long iron has a much narrower sole and the perimeter weighting isn’t as great. Now that means even a shot which is struck out of the center will go on a lower trajectory. It won’t quite have the amount of lift and the amount of actual kind of height available as a hybrid. So if you are struggling with long irons, you are struggling to actually get them up in the air, a hybrid is a fantastic replacement that you can use. But not only that, it can be played exactly the same. So I can play this exactly as I did my three iron. So the ball a few inches forward is center in my stance, stance nice and wide, just about shoulder width, solid posture, head and chest just behind the ball and I’m just going to try and bruise the ground after impact. And even with that shot which is slightly on the heavy side, the ball was still able to lift up in the air very, very quickly and actually land very, very softly.

So the reason that the hybrid goes longer and higher than the long irons is just all about the center of gravity and the perimeter weighting. If you haven’t had a go with them yet, give them a go. And if you are struggling in high with the long irons, have a think about replacing them with more hybrid clubs.