Hybrids – also called utility clubs, rescue clubs, or rescues – are golf clubs that were introduced by Taylor Made at the turn of the century as an entirely new category of clubs. Their purpose is to bridge the gap between woods and long irons by combining the strengths of each. Notably, they typically feature woods-type bigger heads but retain shorter shaft lengths of traditional irons, a combination that is proving easier to hit than the long iron alternative. Hybrids have since established themselves as good alternatives to the longest irons, oftentimes replacing the 3-irons and 4-irons in the bags of golfers.
Higher Ball Trajectory
Hybrids send the ball on a higher trajectory than irons with comparable loft. How? In short, thanks to the altered center of gravity. In traditional iron club designs the center of gravity of the clubface is positioned right next to the ball. By comparison, in hybrid club design the center of gravity is pushed much further back and lower thanks to its bigger head design. Pushing the center of gravity back and down allows the club to send the ball higher and into preferable ball flights, allowing the ball to come to rest nearer to its landing spot.
The 24/38 rule. What is it?
24 refers to the loft of a club (in degrees) and 38 to its length (in inches). The rule – popular among club designers – states that golfers with average abilities are unable to reliably hit a club that is longer than 38 inches or has less loft than 24 degrees. Or in other words, long clubs with flat club faces are hard to properly hit, at least as far as average golfers are concerned. This rule takes aim at irons, specifically at the 3-iron and 4-iron who have lofts smaller than 24 degrees and are longer than 38 inches. This rule helps explain why the hybrid category of clubs is creeping into the long irons and replacing them in golf bags everywhere. Because hybrids have bigger heads golfers are having an easier time hitting them than they do traditional long irons.