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Old 03-21-2018, 10:43 AM
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Default 60+ yo golfers , any hybrids in your bag?

I haven't played golf in 20 years but since we moved to a 55+ golf community in Arizona I thought I'd start again.
My plan is to replace a few long irons with hybrids and go from there.
Anyone go this route? What did you add, what did you replace?
Better results?
At least my #3 and #4 iron will get the boot, I never hit those reliably even when I was younger.
Thanks!
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have a 2, 3, and 4 hybrid. Wife bought the 3 and 4 for Christmas a few years back.

I needed a club to carry 200 and bought the 2. They are Ping G-25 when on sale. I like them a lot. They are easier to hit than a long iron. The longest iron in my bag is a 5 iron.

If it's been a while for golf your clubs may be older. You probably want to consider getting fit for a new set of irons/hybrids for a better fit with your body and swing.

Ping HQ is in your backyard. They would be able to hook you up.
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Though I'm not 60 (not even 50, but closing in on it), I strongly suggest going with a hybrid. So much easier to hit than a long iron. Easier to get airborn with more forgiveness.

I will also use it to chip around the green if I'm in shorter grass (fairway, first cut). Choke down a drop and hit it like a putt (no wrist break).
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Hybrids are great at any age. They will typically go farther than the iron equivalent. Mind your distance gap.
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Have been using hybrids for a while.. 3 and 4 clubs .....
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This isn't an age thing. I'm 30 (2.3 hdcp) and I play a 17* hybrid instead of a 3 wood. There are a handful of tour players with hybrids in their bag.
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The hybrid is an interesting club (to be fair I am just about a decade from 60) for players of most any age without a really powerful swing. I play with a driver (9.25 degree), 3-wood (15 degree) and #2 Hybrid(18 degree). The hybrid replaced my 1 and 2 irons (never carried together), and it has been a great plus - much easier to hit off the fairway, hit-able out of modest rough and works just about as well as a long iron off the tee. I can see playing with hybrids of 19, 22 & 25 degrees to replace the 2-4 irons as they should launch a little higher and carry longer for someone who can't hit a 5-iron 180+ yards. The only downside to them, is they are more expensive than irons.
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Not yet. Still hit the three iron pretty good. The one iron only off the tee on tight courses. I see the day coming though. 57 and the back ain't what it used to be.
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Many sets now have 3,4,5 hybrids as options vs irons. I’ll be replacing my 3 iron w/ a hybrid soon, actually thought I’d bought (won?) one on eBay but seller ‘oversold’. I find I’m trying to hit like I did when a bit younger, which doesn’t work. I’ve lost about a club on most distances.
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I play golf with a few guys over 60. One has a whole bag of hybirds because he has lost so much length. My other buddy uses none because he still has plenty of distance. I think its an individual thing.
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I just got a set of Cleveland hybrid irons. Already had a #5 rescue.because of my height I have to get men's clubs...I get them with senior shafts
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I have
Driver
3 wood
5 hybrid
6 hybrid
6-9 iron
4 wedges
Putter
66 year old. 12 index
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I used to do professional club fitting and custom club making. Depending on what you want to do with the shot (we're talking shot shaping, draw, fade, etc) or whether you're just trying to make consistent contact will determine what club to use (hybrid vs. traditional iron).

With a hybrid, you're moving the center of mass further back from the club face, thus making it easier to get good contact (think of the thickness of an iron vs. the thickness of a hybrid). However, the price you're paying is that your ability to shape a shot is reduced. For the vast majority of players, it's much easier to hit a 3-5 hybrid than it is to hit a similar iron - even a thicker cavity-back iron - because of that deeper club head.

For most senior golfers, we begin to lose our strength at around 50 years old. You're no longer 300+ yards off the tee. You're not reaching the par 5 in two anymore. Your game strategy needs to change. That's where the hybrid clubs come in. They allow for a higher probability of a good strike of the ball on a 2nd shot vs. a longer traditional iron. As a result, you can now play for a much more reliable 3rd shot. You do this by developing your short game. Instead of trying to "reach it in two". You now play to a 100-yard 3rd shot, or a 75-yard 3rd shot (leaving these as distances to the pin).

Get plenty of range time in at 75-yards or 100-yards, working to get consistently within 5-10' of the pin at those distances. Plenty of birdies made at that length.

Consider dropping a long iron/hybrid and replacing it with another wedge.
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While it’s nice to pure a 2 iron, 3 iron, 4 iron, etc. it is never to early for hybrids. I am 44 and I have 2 of them in my bag now. No sense fishing with a rusty nail. Currently a 10.3 index, haven’t put any time into practicing but thi this is the year we get back to single digit.
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I don't play but have heard my dad talking about new Hybrids he's been using........He's 70 but didn't even take up the game til he was 62. He usually outdrives guys in their 40's and typically shoots 80-82 from the regular tees (he refuses to use the senior/old man tees)
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Originally Posted by MattC555 View Post
Hybrids are great at any age. They will typically go farther than the iron equivalent. Mind your distance gap.
I chucked my 3 and 4 iron and replaced both w hybrids. I'm 36. Probably swapped em five years ago.

I don't play enough to hit either exceptionally well.
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I can’t hit a hybrid, I do have a 27* and a weak 3 and 5woods. After that I start with a 5 iron-wedges.
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I thought 1 irons were for playing during a lightning storm - not even God can hit a 1 iron.
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Originally Posted by oneoverpar View Post
I can’t hit a hybrid, I do have a 27* and a weak 3 and 5woods. After that I start with a 5 iron-wedges.
The key to hitting longer irons (2-4) - even hybrids - is that you must swing slowly, letting the club/shaft do the work. Try hitting one at the range using a "painfully slow" back swing. You don't need or want to try and kill the ball with a long iron.

Watch when the pros hit their irons. It's a very slow, deliberate back swing. They keep a smooth swing, just changing the club to do the job.
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I have a mix of clubs in my bag. I have a 6 hybrid and a 5 wood, Bobby Jones 3, 5 & 7 irons and a Ky Laffoon 9 iron. That is my handicap.

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