Utility iron vs. hybrid: What is the main difference?
When comparing utility iron vs. hybrid, you will see that a hybrid looks like a combination of a fairway wood and an iron. A utility iron, however, looks just like one of the longer irons in your bag. Most of the time, the utility or driving irons also have a wider sole that helps improve launch angle, ball speed, and turf interaction.
The distances that hybrids and utility irons are intended to get people are relatively the same. Each of these clubs provides a replacement for things like a 3 iron or 4 iron or even a 7 wood or 5 wood.
With the physical build up of both the hybrid club and utility club being considerably different, the results that you get from their performance is also quite different.
Who should play with a utility iron?
The utility is for golfers that are good ball strikers and love their irons. If you are relatively capable of hitting a golf ball in the sweet spot, have average to above average swing speed, and want to be able to control the ball flight of your golf shots, the utility is a great solution.
I’m often asked if utilities are that much different than a long iron. The center of gravity in the utility is optimized to make the club a little easier to hit. I think you will find higher chances of center hits with the utility iron.
In addition, many golfers that switch to a utility put a graphite shaft into the club, making it much easier than a steel shafted long iron. See our post on graphite shaft vs steel shaft here.