Should I replace my 5- and 7-woods with hybrids?
Because they are larger, fairway woods will have a higher moment of inertia than hybrids, so they’ll be more forgiving on the same mis-hits. But because a hybrid is about two inches shorter than a fairway wood of the same loft, it will be easier to control, and you’ll mis-hit it less often. My advice to you is to replace the 7-wood with a hybrid, but keep the 5-wood in the bag.
You’ve touched on an interesting topic: A 7-wood, hybrid and 3-iron are commonly found in the same loft, about 21 degrees. So what should you choose?
The choice becomes clearer when you understand center of gravity. CG is measured on two important axes: height from the sole and depth from the face.
A ball will fly the highest off a wood because its CG is low and far back in the head. The CG of a 3-iron is relatively higher and closer to the face, which allows a faster-swinging, low-handicap player to achieve a low and penetrating trajectory, but it’s the least-forgiving CG placement. A hybrid, as the name suggests, is the marriage of these two CG extremes.
Hope this helps,
What do you prefer to use…a long iron, a hybrid or a fairway wood? Share your thoughts with other Frankly Friends by replying below.
The center of gravity moves slightly lower and deeper as you move from long iron to hybrid to fairway wood, but don’t forget shaft length and moment of inertia change, too.