Selecting the right clubs for your game is a challenge. I have changed the composition of clubs in my bag many times over the years. I have added, removed, revisited, and lamented over which clubs would best suit my game. I know it this might fly in the face of convention, but there is really know right answer to the question of which clubs a golfer should carry. All I can tell you is that each club has its unique use and depending on the state of your game, different clubs are required. Hence, the different assortment of through the years met my requirements to maximize my skills at that time.
“Hybrids can be replaced by long irons or fairway woods of similar lofts. For example, a player could choose to use a 3-iron, 19 degree hybrid, or 5-wood interchangeably depending on desired performance and course condition. For maximized distance, we recommend fairway woods. For improved forgiveness, higher launch, and versatility, we recommend hybrids. For lower, penetrating ball flight and maximum workability, we recommend long irons.” (PGX.com)
There are plenty of videos, articles, and advice out in cyberspace and expanding our knowledge about the value of each club is determined by each player themselves. All I can tell you is my story.
When I first started playing golf, hybrids were not all the rage. So, my set of clubs consisted of a driver, 3 wood, 5 wood, 3i to PW, SW and putter. In this set, I never hit my 3i or 4i because I did not have the skill. To fix the gap distance, I added a 7 wood and felt that my game was set for a long time. And it was for about 10 years and my game drastically improved because I was hitting the ball more consistently. Hence a change had to happen.
Through the years, I played with adding and removing woods, long irons and hybrids. I did carry 3 hybrids at one time and removed my 3i, 4i, and 5i. I found that combination was great to get to the green quickly, but left a gap in my scoring clubs (wedges). I was on the verge of being considered a good player during tournaments, but realized that I was focused too much on hitting distances and not where I could lower my scores the most. Thus, another change was required.
Fast forward to today. After multiple combinations, I have settled on a 9.5° Rouge Driver, 13° 3 Wood, 19° hybrid, 22° hybrid, 5i to PW, 52° gap wedge, 56° sand wedge and a 60° lob wedge. I removed the long irons from my bag because I cannot hit them. Hence the two hybrids. I have thought about trying a 5 wood, but my 3 hybrid does the trick and is more versatile. This particular set works best for my current game and I carrying a 4 handicap index. For my game, it is a great mix of clubs I can hit long with a focus on the score clubs…..my wedges.
As you can see, there is no right answer to what is a proper set of clubs to suit every golfer. The combinations are endless and only you can decide what works best for your game. I would caution not to chase the next best club without doing some practice and research. The process of finding the best clubs for your game can be a bit slow, but it is worth the time and effort.
If you are wondering which clubs is best for your game (hybrids vs long irons vs woods) I recommend you try them at the range and see what works. That is what I did each time I decided to make a change (except once, but that is different article for a different day); it was worth the my time and effort for sure.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!