Is It Worth Having a 7 Wood and a Hybrid?
Now that you have a bit more understanding of what the hybrid vs. 7 wood debate, it’s time to understand whether there is a situation that would make sense to have both a 7 wood and a hybrid.
Many times, the hybrid and 7 wood will have the same loft, and although there are differences in performance, this is not always your best choice. Here are a few things to keep in mind about having both a 7 wood and a hybrid in your bag.
Check The Loft
If you are going to carry a hybrid and a 7 wood, check the loft to make sure they are not the same. The combination of fairway woods and hybrids that you have in your bag should provide a wide range of lofts so that you can play all different types of golf shots.
If you have a 22-degree 7 wood, think about a 25-degree hybrid instead. This can replace your 5 iron and still give you the option to hit a hybrid when necessary and, at other times, have the fairway wood when you need it.
Don’t Sacrifice Wedges
If you have to take a wedge out of your bag to put in a 7 wood or a hybrid, chances are it’s not the right decision. Try to think about how often you will use the hybrid compared to how often you will use the wedge.
Single digit handicaps can tell you that the wedges are the most important clubs in the bag for scoring.
There are going to be a few instances in the round where you need a hybrid or a fairway wood, but the wedge and the way that it helps you get out of tough spots or stick it close when you miss a green is much more valuable.
Unfortunately, some women golfers fall into this issue because they feel the need for a few extra yards of distance in their game. In the end, a few yards of distance won’t matter if you have a wedge that allows you to hit it close to the pin.
Use a Launch Monitor To Check Performance
To tell the difference between the hybrid and the fairway wood and how they are performing, you will need to use a launch monitor to check the performance. Sometimes using your own eye or pacing off yardages is just not enough.
A launch monitor will help you get center hits, check on your spin rate and launch, and do a proper fairway wood hybrid comparison.
Some custom golf fitting locations will do a fitting that is entirely based on loft gapping and ensuring you have the right clubs in your hands. Essentially, you won’t be looking to purchase new clubs but will instead just make sure the ones you have are properly loft gapped.
We hope you now feel as though you can tell the difference between 7 wood and hybrid, and which may be a better fit for your game. Both clubs are high quality golf clubs that can work for a wide range of players.
When you are playing in windy conditions and need to control the flight, or your golf ball is stuck in some rough, the hybrid tends to be a smart choice.
For the slower swing speed players needing extra carry distance, the 7 wood could be the best bet. Overall, you will have to experiment with both and if possible, try to have a mix of both hybrids and fairway woods in your golf bag.
Still wondering which club to put in your golf bag? Check out our recent comparison of the 3 wood vs 5 wood.