I decided to look for a 4 hybrid yesterday and even hit a few at Golf Town. They were all 22 degrees and had a stiff shaft. I set up in the hitting area with their launch monitor and began to bang away. Unfortunately, I have not hit balls in quite some time so my results were less than stellar. But, I did learn something!
After hitting, I looked at the stats from the launch monitor and found that my swing speed was low and my spin rate very high. I am not sure what was going on, but the results were less than I expected and definitely turned me away from purchasing a 4 hybrid until I figure out what is going on! My carry distance averaged 167 yards with a roll of 10 yards. This is 20 yards shorter than I expect and require from a 4 iron.
Without the ability to take more time to hit balls, it is difficult to determine where my challenges are. I am not sure I will be able to hit the range this year, but next year I will have to pay more attention to these longer irons. I feel that this weakness in my game is something I need to address if I want to lower my GIR percentage and shoot lower scores. As it is right now, I can hit my 4 iron on average about 190 yards; yet I am very inconsistent with this club and I am slowly losing confidence. Hence, the reason for my current search.
I know that the end of the season is no time to look for things to change in my golf game. But, it is never to late to make a list of possible goals for next year’s season. As I journey to the end of my golf season, I want to keep my eyes open to future opportunities! Do you continue to look for areas to improve your game?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!