Best New Hybrids

Golf Digest equipment editors Mike Stachura and E. Michael Johnson discuss the award-winning hybrids on the 2016 Hot List.

Released on 2/2/2016

Transcript

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I really think the hybrid's one of the greatest inventions
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in golf in the last 15 to 20 years.
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In terms of helping everyday players play better golf.
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I think what happened, unfortunately,
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to the hybrid over the last decade,
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particularly four or five years ago,
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is that there was this crazy emphasis on distance
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and we started seeing hybrids that were too long to be hit
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from the fairway and frankly, that's where you hit hybrids
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Because if you're like me, you're left with 180
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to 210 yards to the grain
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and you need a club that might go that distance.
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For me, it's obviously my driver, but...
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(Mike laughs)
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o I tee it up in the fairway, but that's the fact.
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You can't feel comfortable with a traditional 3-iron
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or 4-iron. That's what the hybrid should be.
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It should be a better version
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of the long-iron it's designed to replace.
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I mean, the original hybrids were exactly
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what they're intended to be.
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Most of the shaft lengths corresponded with the shaft length
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of the iron they were replacing.
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If you had a 3-hybrid, it was the length of a 3-iron.
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If you had 4-hybrid, it was the length of a 4-iron.
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Then, I remember one year during the Hot List,
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we had one submission where the hybrid was 42 inches long.
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That's a 3-hybrid, that's 3-wood length.
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Everybody got caught up in the distance chase.
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The shafts got longer, the club heads got bigger,
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but you know what, it's starting to finally
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come back the other way a little bit.
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The number of hybrids that you carry in your bag,
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I mean, there are players on tour that had
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three or four hybrids in the bag.
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Well, Y.E. Yang has four.
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And then, as we've always talked about,
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a lot of people can learn more from an LPGA player
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than a PGA tour player and you look at people like
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Lydia Ko and Inbee Park.
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They start their iron set at the 6-iron.
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So, that's what I think people should be looking at.
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Unless you're really a skilled player,
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maybe look at starting your set at the 6-iron
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and then using hybrids for your five, four,
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and if you were considering a three, even a three.
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Having three hybrids, there's no shame in that.
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Yeah, I don't see any reason that anybody
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who plays golf and can't break 80 consistently
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should not have at least two hybrids in their bag.
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At least two. I mean, I've used one for the better part
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of the last 15 years, but late last year I even
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put one in for my 5-iron.
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And you know what, that par three at Rock Ridge,
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fifth hole Member-Guest, instead of having it hit
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and roll over the green, it's nice to see it hit
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and stay on the green.
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