Hybrid vs. Long Iron: Which One Should I Play?


Hybrids are no longer the ‘big secret’ of the golf industry. They’ve been around for more than a decade and if you haven’t put a hybrid in your bag you’re making a mistake. Let’s take a quick look at why you should have a hybrid.

How to Choose A Hybrid

Hybrids are essentially long irons. For example, your 4 iron can be replaced by a 4H (4 hybrid). It’s a pretty simple process to replace those pesky long irons. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Determine the longest iron that causes you trouble

(ie. Your 5 iron is great, but your 4 and 3 irons are spotty at best)

2. Replace that iron, and any longer irons, with hybrids

(ie. replace your 4 and 3 irons with hybrids)

Don’t be scared when you do this. You’ll begin to notice that some iron sets now offer hybrids all the way down to a 7 iron.

Hybrid or Long Iron

Why Are Hybrids Better Than Long Irons?

Simplicity and ease. Hybrids have a lower center of gravity which helps get the golf ball up into the air. The clubhead mass is also greater helping you hit it further. And the toe/heel forgiveness is greater than an iron to help with those mis-struck shots.

Now go out and replace your long irons with hybrids – they’re easier to hit! If you still need help, contact our PGA Professionals!

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Alan Unruh

Alan Unruh is a Class “A” member of the PGA of America, and holds PGA Certifications in General Management, Golf Operations and Player Development. With these certifications, he is among the 1% of PGA members that hold multiple PGA Certifications. He has a profound passion for the game of golf along with extensive experience and knowledge regarding planning and strategy for golf operations, rules of golf, tournament operations and golf swing fundamentals. Alan has also played a crucial role helping manage multiple high profile tournaments throughout his career including the USGA Women’s U.S. Open, PGA and LPGA Tour events, and multiple NCAA and AJGA events.