The Difference Between Wedge Hybrids and Iron Hybrids
By now, most golfers are aware of the many advantages hybrid clubs provide. These iron and fairway wood combinations are infinitely easier to hit than the tricky long irons. They are easier to launch and a pleasure to hit off a poor lie. Hybrids also offer a lot more forgiveness than traditional irons and fairway woods. But what is the difference between wedge hybrids and iron hybrids? Well, let’s find out!
All of the factors above have made hybrids extremely popular with beginners and experienced golfers alike. Even the pros have taken to them in a big way with more than half of the PGA players sporting a hybrid or two in their arsenal.
While we are familiar with hybrids to replace the dreaded long irons or as a substitute for fairway woods, many people are not aware that there are hybrids that can help with your short game as well.
A range of hybrid wedges is available from lob wedges to sand wedges that promise to make life a bit easier on the course and save you a few strokes per round. While the shorter irons are considered easier to control, they still present a challenge for many golfers.
The Short Game
The short game is a critical element of your game yet is many players Achilles' Heel. For some reason, many golfers spend countless hours working on their driving and a fair amount of time on the practice green only to largely neglect their chipping and bunker recovery practice.
How often have you thrown away a good birdie opportunity or even an easy par after a sterling drive because you fluffed what should have been an easy chip to the green?
Although short irons and wedges are easier to control, golfers often end up hitting the ball far too thin or worse, sculling the ball. There are few shots more frustrating and shots like that play havoc with your mental game. The result is unnecessary bogies or double bogies that could have been avoided.
While the pros carry a number of custom designed wedges specifically designed for their game, for the average golfer, the wedge has changed little in the past decades.
Wedges require a steeper angled shot, something many golfers have failed to master. One needs to get well under the ball and strike it with just the right amount of power.
Wedges also have the smallest sweet spot of all the clubs in your bag so there is little margin for error. Perfect hand to eye coordination is needed to hit a wedge well. Combine all these factors and suddenly the shorter irons are no longer such an easy prospect.
Enter the Hybrid Wedge
Just as hybrids can give you increased confidence on those longer shots, the hybrid wedge can do the same for your short game. Those who have experienced them marvel at the confidence they inspire.
The increased forgiveness leads to greater accuracy while the contoured sole, weighting, and angle make for an easy launch even out of a nasty lie. The hybrid wedge bounces off the ground for a well lofted, accurate shot that lands gently, setting you up for a decent put to the cup.
The spin generated will give you added control and make the stopping point more predictable. A hybrid sand wedge takes a lot of the guesswork out and, provided you hit about an inch and a half behind the ball, you can otherwise play your normal shot.
Apart from the obvious differences between wedges and irons such as length and angle, hybrid wedges offer the following unique features:
- Larger sweet spot with more forgiveness
- Contoured sole for an easy out
- Better spin for enhanced control
- Optimized weight
The Final Word
If you, like many players, have difficulty with your short game then take a look at hybrid wedges. They might not be for everybody but some might find massive relief on short approach shots and save a few strokes and a lot of frustration.