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What is a Hybrid? How does it compare to a fairway wood? Why should I buy hybrids?

Below is a quick conversion chart to give you a little guideline on what hybrid (plus loft) replaces a particular fairway wood or iron. Your distance may vary as some players are better fairway wood players than they are with a hybrid or iron and vice versa, but I find the chart is more right than wrong.

  Distance Conversion Chart  
Fairway Wood / Loft Hybrid / Loft Iron / Loft
7-wood / 21° 3-hybrid / 19°  
7-wood / 22° 3-hybrid / 20°  
7-wood / 23° 3 or 4 hybrid / 21° 3-iron / 20°
7 or 9-wood / 24° 3 or 4-hybrid / 22° 3-iron / 21°

The conversion is for overall distance which takes in account the roll. Often times the fairway wood will produce a higher trajectory for more carry but less roll than the corresponding hybrid or iron to produce the same overall distance. This fact may be a consideration for those that play in windy conditions. Most hybrids also possess larger tip diameter shafts which are stiffer tipped and produce a lower trajectory than a fairway wood shaft.

The centers of gravity of a fairway wood, hybrid and iron are also quite different due to their size and shape.  Even with the same lofts, the trajectory and spin of the ball coming off the face may differ.  Comparing #3 hybrids and 3-irons can also be misleading as the hybrids often are less lofted which will create more distance.  It is not uncommon that a #3-hybrid may be 19° or 20° loft where the added loft will lead to proportionally longer distances.  In addition, not all 7-woods will have 21° loft angles some may be greater such as 22° or 23°.  The added loft will lead to proportionally shorter distances.  This is why in some cases a 7-wood and a #3-hybrid may be overlapping clubs that produce the same distance, but if they are the lofts will not be identical.

Hybrid heads are also heavier than fairway woods.  As a result, their assembly lengths are different which subsequently creates slightly different swing speeds.  While the shorter length hybrids may be swung a little slower, the shorter assembly length does increase the chance of solidness of contact.  This is one reason why hybrids are so popular today.

When selecting a hybrid to replace a particular fairway wood, pay close attention to the loft.

Courtesy of Jeff Summitt, Hireko Golf

"Single Length" Method on XV Hybrids for Unmatched Consistency!

Buy all 3 hybrids using a "single-length" approach making it easier to achieve a repeatable swing. This is an excellent option for beginners or high scoring players looking for consistency. Using the Gravity Port Adjustable Weighting you can have your 3-hybrid, 4-hybrid and 5-hybird all the same length! Use the same stance / swing for all 3 clubs. Watch your long fairway shots become more consistent.

Club Number Weight w/o Screw Screw Weight Total Head Weight Mens Standard Club Length
3 230 grams 12 grams 242 grams 38.5"
4 237 grams 7 grams 244 grams 38.5"
5 244 grams 2 grams 246 grams 38.5"

 

XV Hybrids as single length clubs

Club Length

The large "name brand" manufacturers make their metalwoods too long for 95% of golfers. Their drivers are made 45½" to 46½" where as the average driving club used by Tour Professionals is 44½".

So why is this done? Because, companies advertise that the longer the length is, the longer you will hit the ball. Except it only works when you have smooth tempo, a consistent square swing path, a LATE RELEASE OF YOUR WRIST-COCK ANGLE (notice it is capitalized...must be important), good swing timing / rhythm.

If this isn't you, it's not going to work. The best advice is to hit a shorter #1 Metalwood, 43.5" to 44.5" (unless your physical stature dictates a longer length). With the new XV line of metalwoods for high scoring golfers, we have the ability to get the shorter length without sacrificing club head weight which is essential for accuracy. Forty years of building custom clubs has taught us to know what is the best length for mid to higher scoring golfers.

Club Loft

Most golfers believe that they need a low lofted driver to hit longer drives which is completely untrue.

Forty years of experience has taught us that the loft should be determined by driving distance.

If you are a beginner, high scoring golfer or occasional golfer, select the highest loft available.

Golfers who......

Drive 260 + yards could use a 9.5°

Drive 230 - 260 yards should use a 10.5°

Drive 160 - 230 yards should use a 12°

Drive less than 160 yards must use a 14°

Grip Size

At Condor Golf, selecting the grip size is vital to game improvement because it plays a significant role in a golfers' ability to control the club.

A larger grip (anything larger than standard) would benefit a player who:

Has large hands
Consistently draws or hooks the ball
Has arthritis (or any other hand problem) or struggles to hold a standard grip
Has fingers that wrap around the grip and dig into the palm

A smaller grip (anything smaller than standard) would benefit a player who:

Has small hands
Consistently slices or fades the ball
Has fingers that do not fully encircle the grip