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    golf: Hybrid Wood/Irons

    The wife asked what I wanted for my birthday/father's day, and after some thought, I'm looking at upgrading my golf tools.

    I'm not a great golfer by any means, I have about a 13 handicap over 9 holes. Over the last few years I've been replacing pieces of my original starter set. I'm currently content with my driver, (cheap but effective) Irons (Tommy Armour Morph), and putter.
    My Fairway woods are still from my starter set, and are beginning to be in pretty tough shape. In fact, I rarely take them out of the bag anymore.

    Should I get a new set of fairway woods, or go after hybrids instead?
    I'm not real strong with my long irons in general, so I thought hybrids may provide some needed help.
    If I go with hybrids, can they replace fairway woods?
    I'll probably pick something up from Rockbottomgolf.com
    Thanks in advance for any advice.



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    Re: golf: Hybrid Wood/Irons

    I recommend the Cleveland Hi Bore hybrid irons, I got a set on eBay this spring and am thrilled with them, they are as ugly as sin but for a high handicapper like you (and myself) they cannot be beat.


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    Re: golf: Hybrid Wood/Irons

    Also, to answer your question about long irons, yes you can play the 3 and 4 instead of fairway woods, believe me these things are crazy easy to hit.



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    Re: golf: Hybrid Wood/Irons

    Ask for lessons instead. They will pay off more in the long run than a new club.


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    Re: golf: Hybrid Wood/Irons

    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbahotep View Post
    Ask for lessons instead. They will pay off more in the long run than a new club.
    This and new grips on your old clubs.


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    Re: golf: Hybrid Wood/Irons

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    Re: golf: Hybrid Wood/Irons

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    Ask for Misty Jangles at the Harvester. She can instruct.


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    Re: golf: Hybrid Wood/Irons

    Hybrids can get you from maybe a 6 iron up to around a 4 or 5 wood. I think you'd still want to carry a 3 wood, probably, depending on how you have your bag set up.

    I think they make better iron replacements than wood replacements, in general. They serve roughly the same purpose that the higher lofted woods used to (i.e. the 7 and 9 woods). If you spend a lot of time a long ways out, in the rough, hybrids are maybe a bit better option than long woods.

    It's really all personal preference, though. Whatever lets you play your best :)


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    Re: golf: Hybrid Wood/Irons

    I bought a 21 degree hybrid 4 years ago and love it. It's a helluva lot easier than trying to hit a 3-4 iron. I find them extremely easy to control. It took a couple strokes off my game, especially on longer courses. It's nice to have a 210-215 yard shot and feel confident over it.



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    Re: golf: Hybrid Wood/Irons

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    Re: golf: Hybrid Wood/Irons

    Quote Originally Posted by jcats322 View Post
    Also, to answer your question about long irons, yes you can play the 3 and 4 instead of fairway woods, believe me these things are crazy easy to hit.
    The Callaway Big Bertha set is unique. The 3,4,5 have a HUGE sole and I assume are as ugly as the previously mentioned Cleveland.

    I did not get the 3, I have a Cleveland 2 hibore instead, but I love my Big Berthas.
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    Re: golf: Hybrid Wood/Irons

    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbahotep View Post
    Ask for lessons instead. They will pay off more in the long run than a new club.
    This can be true, but certainly isn't always true. Plenty of bad instructors out there that won't help you one bit, may even make you worse.

    If you want a hybrid, get a hybrid. If you're a high handicap and just golf for fun--then do what you think will make you most happy. I hate to see people crying about bad golfers out on the course "holding me up" and "hacking". Like they were never that bad. And if they're that good now--get the heck outta here and play on a tour.....or suck it up, you ain't that special. Pretty sure you and the hack both paid the same amount to golf that day. And pretty sure that if it wasn't for all the hacks out there, lot's of golf courses wouldn't be in existence....

    Sorry to derail into my ***** about snob golfers......I say get the hybrids, they make a world of difference to me.


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    Re: golf: Hybrid Wood/Irons

    I love the "you should go get lessons instead of buying new clubs" advice when said person giving the advice really has no idea about what the guy is swinging.

    For instance, one of these days I desperately need to replace my irons, and I'll probably be on here asking for some last minute advice when I do. On that day I know someone's going to come in here and post "you should sink that money into lessons instead." The question I have for the person that's bound to give that tidbit of advice - is it more important for me to invest in golf lessons and continue swinging with irons that are 3 inches too short for me, or should invest in tools that are appropriate for the job to begin with? My guess is that the better advice would be the latter and not the former in this case.

    Granted, lessons can take a novice golfer a long way - but sometimes it's just as important to have the appropriate clubs as well (which I currently do not have).


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    Re: golf: Hybrid Wood/Irons

    Get irons that fit first and then get lessons. Otherwise the first lesson may sound like this, "Those clubs won't work for you."



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