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I feel I have given hybrids enough of a chance but these things don't work for me. I'm at a loss as to why. Perhaps I just need a fitting but I've tried small head hybrids; larger, almost fairway wood sized hybrids; both stiff and regular flex shafts and I've not found one that I am consistent and fully confident in. I have full confidence in my 3-wood as well as my 4-Iron, but that spot in the bag between the two I'm lost.

 

 

How many of you have switched from a hybrid to one of the new driving/fli hi irons that seem to have become pretty popular in the last few seasons?

 

For now, I'm just shafting up the 3-Iron again and it's going back in the bag.

 

 

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Louisville Smart Persimmon Driver

Louisville Niblick Persimmon 3 & 5 woods

Hogan UIHI 4-iron*

Hogan PTx Pro 5-7*

Hogan Icon 8-PW*

KZG 51 gap wedge

KZG 56 sand wedge

Rife Legend Z Putter

 

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deejaid, I'm in the same boat if I can call it that. I've played - tried several HB's (TM, Cobra, Nickent, Wishon) through the years with limited success. I was even fit for the Wishon 775 HB by my fitter and never really hit it well either. It must be a head case or visual thing I suppose. I carry a Wishon 929 4w and an old TM Burner 2.0 4i in my bag that work perfectly for me. I've been able to play any course (up to around 6500y) with this combo. I've never considered a Driving Iron and don't think I'd benefit from one.

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I used to have a 4H I could not hit to save my life. Personally, I think appearance was part of the issue. It had a small-ish, awkward looking (to me, anyway) head. A friend had a 3H that looked more like a "traditional" fairway wood, just a bit smaller. We ended up trading and I love the 3H. Unfortunately, I now have a decent gap between the 3H and 5i that I need to address at some point soon, hopefully by re-learning how to hit my 4i.

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3W: :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 15* Recoil 460ES
3H, 4H: :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 19*, 23* Recoil 780ES
4-PW:  :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR HF2 Modus3 Tour 105
AW: :mizuno-small:S5 52*
SW: :cleveland-small: 588
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I always had a love hate relationship with my hybrid. I would hit it great some days, and terrible others. I ditched the hybrid and put a 3i in the bag, which was great for a while, but I still missed it short more often than I hit my number. Now, I have gone down the 5 wood path and have been happy with it so far (about 9 months or so now). If you're hitting your 3 wood great, why not try a 5 wood in the bag as well?

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Driver: :taylormade-small: M2 10.5° :: Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec 6X Blue
Fairway: :taylormade-small: M5 19° :: Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec 7X Blue
Hybrid: :titelist-small: TS2 21° :: Mitsubishi Black 80G50
Irons:  :taylormade-small: P790 (5-AW) :: KBS Tour 110
Sand Wedge: :cleveland-small: CBX-2 54° :: KBS Tour 110
Lob Wedge: :cleveland-small: RTX-3 58° :: TT Dynamic Gold
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If I didn't have hybrids (I have 4H and 5H), I would probably not be playing golf.  These are my goto clubs from any lie; long par 4's and par 3's.  I have a 5W that's OK, but I have been seriously thinking about getting a 2H or 3H to replace it.

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People either live or hate hybrids and I think it is based on how they swing. I personally love them and they have replaced my 5w, 3i, and 4i. I think the driving irons are designed to be easier to hit irons for people that have a swing that doesn't fit a hybrid.

 

You have tried hybrids, give the driving iron a try. Worst thing that happens is they don't work for you.

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Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15* set  w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :titelist-small: 816H1 19* set at 18* w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
                :titelist-small: 915H  21*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
               :titelist-small: 915H 24*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
Irons:      :srixon-small: 765 6-AW with KBS Tour shafts
Wedge:  :cleveland-small: 588 54-14, 58-12
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I too used to hate my hybrids, until I got ones that looked like irons, now it's a love affair.

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:taylormade-small: M5 Project X Even Flow Blue 6.0
Fairway: Sub 70 939X 15° Project X Even Flow Blue 6.0
:755178188_TourEdge: CBX 119 19° hybrid Project X Even Flow Blue 6.0
:bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 4-GW UST Mamiya Recoil 680 F4
:cleveland-small: Smartsole S
:yes-small: Tracy
Bag: 
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Balls::Snell: MTB-X

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I carry only one, a 19* that I use mainly for a 215-220yd par 3. Used carry 5 wood, then 21* 4 iron. Using hybrid is a acquired taste, but gradually it becomes your best buddy. I tried using a x-utility proto, but for my swing, it only worked off the tee. Hence me getting a g30 19*. Use what suits your swing and what you feel confident in.

Best of luck.

 

 

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Driver: Ping G30 10.5* w/ Tour 65 Stiff 

FW: Ping G30 14.5 & 18 w/ Ping Tour 80 Stiff

HY: Ping  G30 19* OR 22* w/ Ping Tour 90 Stiff

Irons: Callaway Xhot Pro 5i-PW w/ PX Flighted 6.0

Wedges: Cleveland RTX 2.0 50*, 54*,60*

Putter: Ping My Day OR Ping Anser 3

Ball: :titelist-small: ProV1/V1x OR Srixon Zstar/XV

Bag: Sun Mountain 2019 4.5 14way carry

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I'm an hybrid fan. I don't know that I would go as far as Kenny but I would certainly be gaming some lofted woods without hybrids.

 

However I'm acutely aware that there are folks who don't do well with hybrids. That's why we've seen the release of drivers by irons. IMO

 

 

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Ping G410 - set at 12 degrees, fade setting - Alpha Distanza 40 weak R flex shaft

Tour Exotics EX 10 3 wood

Ping G410 5-9 wood

G30 6-PW -  Aerotech FT 500 shafts

SCOR 48,52,58

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

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Love my hybrid!

 

 

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Left Hand orientation

:ping-small: G410 SFT driver 

:cobra-small: F Max 5 wood

:ping-small:  9 wood
:ping-small:  410  Hybrids 22*, 26*
:wilson-small: C300 4i-GP
:cleveland-small:  Wedges RTX 3.0: 52*, 56*
:ping-small: EYE 2 Wedge 60*

:odyssey-small: O Works putter
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A club builder friend of mine strongly recommends trying an appropriate iron shaft in your hybrid. Might be worth investigating, especially if you struggle with 3 iron.

My 4 hybrid shaft is reasonably heavy compared to most standard hybrid shafts. It hit it much better since changing over. Good luck

 

 

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:ping-small:  G400 SFT with Aldila Xtorsion Copper Stiff
:cobra-small: F8 3 & 5 Woods with Project X Evenflow Blue 6.0

:mizuno-small: MP18 MMC FliHi 4 Iron - Project X LZ 5.5
:mizuno-small:  MP18 MMC - Project X LZ 5.5
:mizuno-small: S18 Wedges 50,54,58
MLA Tour Mallet 33"
:srixon-small:  Z Star
:ping-small: Pioneer bag
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I feel I have given hybrids enough of a chance but these things don't work for me. I'm at a loss as to why. Perhaps I just need a fitting but I've tried small head hybrids; larger, almost fairway wood sized hybrids; both stiff and regular flex shafts and I've not found one that I am consistent and fully confident in. I have full confidence in my 3-wood as well as my 4-Iron, but that spot in the bag between the two I'm lost.

 

 

How many of you have switched from a hybrid to one of the new driving/fli hi irons that seem to have become pretty popular in the last few seasons?

 

For now, I'm just shafting up the 3-Iron again and it's going back in the bag.

 

 

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I carry both. Srixon U65 for off the tee. Rarely if ever hit it off the turf. 818 H2 20 degree for Approach shots. It took me a while to get the hybrid thing down. Always snap hooked. Of all the clubs, I think a fitting for the hybrid is a necessity. I would have never gotten to the proper settings/shafts etc without a lot of time and effort.

 

 

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I hate them and don't carry one. Thankfully I'm never far enough out that I can't hit a iron instead. I hope when i get fitted that they'll have driving irons instead of hybrids

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FW:   :cobra-small: F6 baffler set at 16º

Hybrid:  NONE
Irons:   :taylormade-small:  3i 2014 TP CB  4-PW 2011 TP MC w/ TT S400

Wedges:   :nike-small: 52º :nike-small: 56º  :edel-golf-1: 60 º w/ KBS C-Taper XS Soft-stepped

Putter:   :ping-small: Sigma G Tyne 34 inches Gold dot

 

 

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There's the Mizuno Fli-Hi, of course, and MGS has done a favorable review of the Fourteen Golf version. You might also take a look at the Ping G400 Crossover, too, see if it interests you.

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..Tour Edge Exotics EXS 3W/HL (17*; Tensei CK Blue)
..Tour Edge Exotics EXS 7W (Tensei CK Blue)
..Callaway Big Bertha 4H (Recoil ZTR)
..Tour Edge HL4 #4 iron-wood (UST Mamiya)
..Callaway Big Bertha CF19 6i (Recoil ZTR) / Apex CF16 7i-PW (Recoil ES 760)
..Hogan Equalizer 50/54/58 black (Recoil ES 760 black SmacWrap)
..Evnroll ER5 (33", 385g)
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I carried a 7 wood for awhile, then I learned (got gud as the kids say) and bagged the 3 iron. But years passed and I struggled with it, so hybrid time. It took a couple tries but I found one that works. An Adams Idea Boxer Pro Gold with Aldila NV-Proto X shaft. Like everything else with this game, need to be patient and work at it.

 

Driver: Titleist 915 D3 w/ Diamana X 70g B4 setting

Irons: TaylorMade R7 TP 4-PW S300 shafts 1* upright

Titleist Vokey Wedges 50-54-58

Cobra Fly-z 16.5 FW

Adams Pro Boxer hybrid 18*

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Yeah, I think the Ping Crossover might be the way to go, the Mizuno looks good too, also the Titleist TMB. Lots of options, time to start investigating.

 

 

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WITB:

Louisville Smart Persimmon Driver

Louisville Niblick Persimmon 3 & 5 woods

Hogan UIHI 4-iron*

Hogan PTx Pro 5-7*

Hogan Icon 8-PW*

KZG 51 gap wedge

KZG 56 sand wedge

Rife Legend Z Putter

 

*denotes clubs being tested

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I gave up my 712u for a 2 hybrid. I get almost 3 wood distance out of it. It is a toss up for me. I prefer long irons, dislike fairway woods and hybrids off the deck.

 

If you can find one, the PING Rapture 2 iron is a frigging beast. Actually on the hunt for one.

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I feel I have given hybrids enough of a chance but these things don't work for me. I'm at a loss as to why. Perhaps I just need a fitting but I've tried small head hybrids; larger, almost fairway wood sized hybrids; both stiff and regular flex shafts and I've not found one that I am consistent and fully confident in. I have full confidence in my 3-wood as well as my 4-Iron, but that spot in the bag between the two I'm lost.

 

 

How many of you have switched from a hybrid to one of the new driving/fli hi irons that seem to have become pretty popular in the last few seasons?

 

For now, I'm just shafting up the 3-Iron again and it's going back in the bag.

 

 

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I pulled a Mizuno FliHi out of a discount barrel for a couple of bucks. I love how it looks, but I can't hit it for sh!t. So the hybrids stay in the bag.

 

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What's in the bag:
Driver - :cobra-small: F8 - Aldila NV Blue 60 ( S )
3 Wood (16*) - :cobra-small: F8 - Aldila NV Blue 60 ( S )
2 Hybrid - Titleist 585 (17*) - Titleist 4175 ( R )
4i - LW - :cobra-small: F8 - N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour105 ( S )
Putter - :ping-small: Craz-e
Bag - :1590477705_SunMountain: 2.5 (Forest Green)
Ball -  :Snell: MTB-X
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Never used a hybrid until last summer. Honestly, if I took it out right now, it probably would not affect my score. I don't see what all the hype is about, with all the companies promoting them as "easy to hit" and "forgiving." I do just fine with my 4i.

 

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:mizuno-small: JPX EZ 3 wood
:cobra-small: Fly-Z 4H
:mizuno-small: MP-60, 3i-PW, True Temper Dynamic Gold
:mizuno-small: S5 54° & 58°, True Temper Dynamic Gold
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One problem for me is cost for how little I would use it. I probably pull my hybrid out of the bag twice a round so spending $200+ for a seldom used club isn't very appealing.

 

 

I started a thread a little while back about chipping with a hybrid. I'm trying to convince myself to keep it in the bag by getting more use out of it.

 

I'm playing on Saturday and won't have the new shaft for my 3-Iron head so the hybrid will stay for at least one more round.

 

 

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WITB:

Louisville Smart Persimmon Driver

Louisville Niblick Persimmon 3 & 5 woods

Hogan UIHI 4-iron*

Hogan PTx Pro 5-7*

Hogan Icon 8-PW*

KZG 51 gap wedge

KZG 56 sand wedge

Rife Legend Z Putter

 

*denotes clubs being tested

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