Are Hybrid Clubs Good For Beginners?

The key to any beginner’s games is the sense that their techniques are getting better, as when you look back, you can see how far you have come, and getting here may not be as difficult as you imagine. 

Are Hybrid Clubs Good For Beginners

Instead of relying on a particular club type, you can get in between types like a hybrid, and yes, these clubs are great for beginners as they can bring great distances for your swing.

With this in mind, you may wonder how a hybrid works, and here we’ll look at this club and where it lines up with the rest of your set.

An Overview Of Hybrid Clubs 

Hybrid clubs are similar to a driver and are slightly chunkier than the wedge and iron. It is a newer category popularized around the 2000s, but it has existed in some forms before this.

When you think of a hybrid, imagine a cross between wood and an iron, and if you’re trying to picture the size, at its shortest, it is 38″ and 41″ on the longest and lowest lofted club. 

You’ll find that they are numbered like irons, so most commonly, you have a set of irons from a 3 to a 9, so for a hybrid, you could use # 3-hybrid, for example, and these are usually easier to swing and hit with an iron that it replaces, or even the long irons if you are using these. 

Why Are These Good For Beginners? 

With this overview, you might be thinking this all sounds good, but is it worth investing in a hybrid to improve your game, and will there be any significant changes to your technique?

In short, the answer is yes. These can be worth your investment as they offer you more flexibility if you’re in a tight spot like a bunker or heavy grass and need something more forgiving, as it has a better design.

For size, you could use a #3 hybrid as it allows you to take off from a tee if there’s a long par shot or if you need to take a slightly awkward shot from the fairway or the rough, but the only natural way to gauge the best size for you is to try these clubs out.

These clubs are also great for those who are starting and want to hit the ball so it travels a far distance, so getting these fundamentals down first with these clubs is a great way to improve your confidence and practice your swing technique. 

Benefits Of Using A Hybrid Club

So you have a rough idea of whether you want a hybrid or not and are thinking about the benefits it brings to specific aspects of your game, and while some of these may seem small, you’ll find they add up and add quality to your experience.

  • They are lighter than irons, allowing you to swing faster with extra length but still having significant weight to them to make your swings more precise.
  • You can launch the ball higher, and a common mistake amongst beginners is that they aren’t familiar with the club’s weight or don’t have a good grip, so if this sounds like you, perhaps consider adding a hybrid to your set. 
  • It is great for that course where the terrain around the hole has spots of bunkers and rough, with a better chance of your ball going out of bounds, as you’ll find yourself using it frequently.  

How Do I Choose The Right Hybrid Club?

How Do I Choose The Right Hybrid Club

When choosing your hybrid size, the main thing to consider is variety and flexibility, as you can start with a 3 to tee off.

Still, as the distance increases, you’ll want to carry other sizes, so perhaps a 3, 5, and 7 hybrids.

You might find over time that you replace your irons with different hybrids, as there’s nothing wrong with wanting a club that can help control the distance and precision of a shot, so you could combine these with a driver, putter, pitching wedge, fairway wood, and your irons. 

All in all, you want about 12 clubs with these and different sizes of each as they can offer you different angles, and whatever level of golfer you are, your set is always in the process of improvement and change, which is a good thing. 

Who Is A Hybrid Club Suited To?

You can find anyone who uses these clubs regardless of age or gender, and you can find a frame and edge that works for your grip and technique.

With a set of kids’ golf clubs, you can find a short hybrid in a set, and you can see how they grip the club in relation to how much length there is when it is choked down on, and usually, this means you shouldn’t go beyond two inches, so you should go down a size if possible.

You can also find women’s hybrids which differ from male and unisex hybrids as these are usually shorter in length with narrower handlebars and smaller frame sizes.

Still, as you get better at the game, this categorization won’t be as much of a factor when choosing clubs.

You also see that women don’t have to settle for a standard club, and a graphite length might be just what you need to improve your swing speed and are made based on a height of 5 foot seven inches, so you can try each out and see what works best for you.

What’s The Best Way To Hit With A Hybrid?

This can be a difficult thing to approximate as it could be anything from your power to the tilt in your body or shoulders, but in general, you want to hit down with it as you would an iron and play the ball a few inches from center.

Be sure as well that you are taking note of your stance and swing, so make sure your shoulders don’t tilt too much as you want to avoid hitting up with it and having a ball that you either top or don’t get the direction you want with it. 

You can also pay attention to your stance, and much like an iron, you want to position yourself, so your shoulder reflects the width between your feet, so you get balance.

You balance your weight distribution, so you have 60% on the right and 40% on the left. 

The Bottom Line 

With all this in mind, all you need to do now is get out there and start using hybrids, but it’s essential to think about hybrids not as beginner clubs but as an option should you use these, as not everyone likes using these types of clubs, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

As you become more experienced, you’ll know what sizes are suitable for you and how you should use them as you improve your stance, so plenty of practice is vital, and before long, you’ll have a good eye for form and technique, things that can take years to perfect.

Garratt Shmidt
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