Driving Iron Vs Hybrid

Driving Iron Vs Hybrid

Hybrid V Utility Iron V Long Iron: Which Should You Carry?

The driving iron, as the name suggests, is more for tee shots than approaches. On this front hybrids tend to win. They are a far more versatile club and will be more suited to the needs of more golfers. There is only a small proportion of golfers Estimated Reading Time: 9 mins.

The hybrid would get stuck up in the grass more easily and the face would probably turn over much quicker due to the large size. However, if you are in a lie that impact a hybrid that much, odds are you won’t hit a good shot either way and would probably be best to take a short iron and hack it back into the fairway.

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I like long irons and play up to a 3 iron, I have a hybrid and a utility/driving iron option for my 2 iron but I have found that I am more comfortable with the hybrid. I play a 21* 3 iron and 19* hybrid adjusted down to 18* and get a nice gap. I would consider swapping the driving iron in based on conditions but I feel like I have a lot of shots with the hybrid. Edited .

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What I don’t like (hybrids vs the iron they replace), because a hybrid is more forgiving and the length is much longer, there is a gap. Put it on a tee and the distance gap can be greater. From the fairway, hybrids don’t seem to launch as high as an iron and therefore, green holding ability is in question.

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Lots of options at the top of the bag, we dissect what you should carry. Golfers now have three distinct options at the top end of the bag: hybrids, long irons or utility clubs. Of course, you can mix and match but it is worth taking the time to ask yourself – Hybrid v Utility Iron v Long Iron: Which should you carry?

The answer lies in two key factors: your swing speed and your launch angle. To help highlight how it works, we have conducted a test. I hit all three clubs at my normal clubhead speed and gathered the data. When you should switch from irons into hybrids? Whilst there is a drop off in each of the key numbers, the performance flight and carry remains pretty good.

This means that at my clubhead speed, the long iron performance stacks up well and is certainly playable. However, as I dropped the clubhead speed down to 75mph, the performance fell away dramatically. As with the hybrid the shaft was the stock stiff version but it is graphite so is lighter than the stiff steel shaft in the long iron. I was actually surprised by how easy the Crossover was to hit and as the numbers show, the performance was excellent.

At the lower speed 74 mph the carry was 18 yards longer than the long iron but significantly shorter than the hybrid. This is down to the wider sole and the lighter graphite shaft. This test was designed to act purely as an illustration. However, the point remains valid. To hit the smaller headed long iron, you need to generate a certain amount of clubhead speed. Long iron aside, your choice is simple. However, there are plenty of golfers out there who prefer an iron-like profile.

In which case, the utility iron is a great option. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand’s Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his role at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade.

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