Almost nothing changed in golf equipment for years until in the late 1990s when the first hybrid golf clubs became popular, first in Europe then in the United States. Overnight, it seems, every golfer had at least one in his bag. The allure of hybrid clubs is that even weekend golfers could finally reach a long par three or make a good approach shot on a long par four without having to hit the dreaded three or four iron. Today, virtually every golf club manufacturer makes hybrid clubs. The question is, how do you pick the right one?
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Decide what weakness in your golf game you would like to correct, then choose the right hybrid club. For instance, some golfers have a difficult time with their long irons because they either do not hit them often, or they have great difficulty in getting their golf balls to the proper height when they use them. Other struggle with their woods, as common problem of people with higher handicaps. In both cases, they lose shots in every round of golf they play.
Know that there are two different types of hybrid golf clubs. There are those that are meant to replace the long irons in your bag, and they resemble irons that are larger and thicker. Then there are hybrids that have shallow faces like your woods. All hybrids are somewhat shorter than the clubs they replace, so they don't hit the ball quite as far, but they will be more accurate and are much easier to hit. Finally, unlike your irons and woods that are differentiated by numbers, hybrids are known by their degree of loft, like "21 degree" or "23 degree."
Decide how much you want to spend on your hybrid golf clubs. For hybrids that are top-of-the-line, you can expect to spend $300 or more for each one. If your budget is less, you can buy new hybrids for less than $50. Or you can go to a store or visit any number of websites that sell used hybrids and pay far less for them. See the Resources section for a link.
Hit hybrid clubs before you buy them, if possible, to better the chances of acquiring those with grips and styling that will work for you. Many shops will let you try a hybrid at your practice area, or they have an indoor area where you can do so. Be certain of your choice because, just like cars, your hybrids won't be worth as much after you leave the store.
Tips & Warnings
You need not limit yourself to one hybrid golf club. In fact, there are some players that feel so comfortable with them that every club in their bags is a hybrid, except for a putter.