It used to be easy to decide on what golf clubs to buy because there were so few types from which to choose. Then, almost overnight, hybrid golf clubs became the rage among golfers everywhere, so club manufacturers began selling a full range of them to this audience looking for ways to lower their scores. Hybrid golf clubs, a cross between an iron and a wood, were originally chosen to replace the long irons and are infinitely easier to hit than a 2 or 3 iron. So the dilemma facing most golfers is how to choose the right one. Here's how to approach it.
Focus on the weakness of your game; then look for a hybrid golf club that can help you overcome it. An example might be if you mis-hit a lot of long irons or if you have a problem with hitting them high enough so you will stay on the greens. Or you may run up the score because you hit your woods poorly, a difficulty shared by many less-talented players. There are hybrid clubs available to solve most problems facing players. In fact, some players have replaced all of their golf clubs with hybrids because they find them much more forgiving.
Recognize the difference between hybrid golf clubs that replace the long irons in your bag and those that will replace your woods. The hybrids that replace long irons are somewhat larger and thicker than the normal irons, while those that are meant to replace woods have faces that are shallow like woods.
Plan on hitting your hybrid irons a bit shorter because all hybrids have shafts that are shorter than those being replaced. However, you will not mis-hit a hybrid as often and they are infinitely more accurate. Also, get into the habit of referring to your hybrids by their loft, such as “20-degree hybrid" or “23-degree hybrid.” That departs from tradition by not assigning numbers to your clubs.
Before you begin shopping for your hybrid, have some idea about how much you want to spend. Top-of-the-line hybrids can cost you $300 or more. But there are also sets of eight or nine hybrids that cost about half of that amount. You will also find used hybrids that cost must less than if they were new (see Resources).