Hybrids or Long Irons


Which hybrid should you buy or what about a long irons? This is a common question we get at Pure Drive Golf. This article will examine the many factors to consider to help you make the best decision for your game.


Due to the size (mass) of the hybrid and the weight distributed toward the bottom of the club, hybrids are more forgiving. The wide sole of the hybrid also prevents the club from digging into the turf to help players that hit behind the ball or get steep at impact. On the other hand, long irons are less forgiving because of the smaller size and narrow sole. However, some long irons today are designed to have much more forgiveness than previous models. If the club hits the ground behind the ball, it often digs into the ground causing a fat shot.

Trajectory and Gear Effect

Because hybrids have more weight on the bottom, it creates more spin producing a higher trajectory. This will help players that struggle getting the ball up into the air. Because of the larger size, hybrids have more gear effect, which means more curvature on miss hits. Long irons have less weight on the bottom of the club so there is less spin and the trajectory is lower. Because of the smaller size, long irons have less gear effect, which means less curvature on miss hits.


Some players struggle with the look of a hybrid and are more comfortable with long irons. On the other hand, some players prefer the look of a hybrid because they have more confidence striking the ball solid and getting the ball up into the air. Either way, look is an important factor to consider because you want to feel good about the club you are using.


The player’s speed is another important factor. Players with more than average club speed that prefer a higher trajectory, especially on approach shots, should consider hybrids. Players that want the control of long irons irons, especially on tee shots, should consider long irons or even a driving iron. If players have less than average club speed, the choice should be a hybrid. A slower speed with long irons simply does not create enough spin to get the ball into the air causing a considerable loss in carry.


In soft conditions, players should prefer hybrids because they carry further. Players may struggle with long irons in softer conditions because they travel lower and will not have as much roll out. In fast conditions, players may choose hybrids or long irons. The higher trajectory from hybrids will help land the ball softly on greens that are firm and fast. However, when players prefer more roll out, especially on tee shots, players should choose long irons or even a driving iron In windy conditions, players prefer long irons because of the lower trajectory to protect the wind from affecting the ball flight. Because hybrids travel higher, the wind will have much more effect on the ball flight. Out of the rough, the width of the sole from hybrids helps drive the club through the grass with higher ball flight trajectory. Long irons have a narrow sole and often get stuck in the grass with a lower trajectory.

As you can see, there are several factors to consider and we hope these explanations help you make the best decision when choosing a hybrid or long iron. If you’d like to book a fitting at Pure Drive Golf and test the latest hybrids and long/driving irons, click the link here.

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Adam Kolloff

Pure Drive Golf, Owner and Director of Instruction