Hybrids making big move into mid-iron territory

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I grew up in the golden age of long irons. Everybody carried a 2-iron. If you were a real man, you carried a 1-iron.

When hybrids began replacing long irons, I was skeptical. Eventually I learned to accept hybrids, especially when they appeared in the bags of major championship winners.

So what lies ahead? I have been visiting golf club manufacturers recently, and it’s clear that hybrids are making a significant move into mid-iron territory.

Nike’s SQ Sumo2 hybrids, for example, start with a 34-degree hybrid. Basically that’s a 7-iron. Other Sumo2 hybrids: 30, 26, 23, 20 and 17 degrees.

Ping’s new G15 hybrids come in lofts of 31, 27, 23, 20 and 17 degrees. Cobra calls its hybrid a utility metal, but the name can’t disguise the lofts of 29, 26, 23, 20, 18 and 16 degrees.

Even Titleist, with a wide selection of forged irons, offers five lofts in its 909H hybrid. Adams has experienced so much success with hybrids that it now offers eight separate hybrid models.

Hybrid, as demonstrated conclusively by golf, is not just a car.

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