Fitting for Hybrids and Fairway Woods

By Bruce MartinApril 8, 2008, 4:00 pm

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A decision most golfers will make with their set make-up will include what combination of long irons, hybrids, and fairway woods to add or drop from the bag. Modern technology with hybrids has reduced the need for the 2 and 3 irons in many amateurs bags. The 5 wood and 7 (heaven) wood has also seen a remarkable transformation into being replaced by hybrids also. The consumer is now faced with a multitude of options and decisions what to put in the bag between their longest confident iron and driver.
 

 

Lets discuss the advantages of modern hybrids over long irons:
 
Hybrids offer a wider sole that avoids digging.
This technology can be more forgiving in heavy rough and fairway bunkers.
This same sole design is better for a player with a steep angle of approach.
The hollow designs have a higher moment of inertia on off center hits.
Hybrid shafts are typically designed close to iron shaft lengths. This may lead to more control and consistency.
For a player that struggles with long irons and fairway woods, hybrids offer the possibility of distance with no compromise in accuracy.
The 18 degree hybrid will replace your 2 iron, 21 degree hybrid will replace the 3 iron, and the 24 degree hybrid will replace your 4 iron.
The bottom line = they are easier to hit and more forgiving than long irons.
Each year in the future will see a larger percentage of golfers carrying a hybrid from the PGA/LPGA/Champions Tour, to adult amateur and junior golfers.
 


 

Advantages of modern fairway woods:
 
The modern fairway wood style has developed into more of a lower profile head design from manufacturers like Orlimar and Adams in the 1990s = the equator of the golf ball is above the center of the face.
The sleek lower profile heads allow for a lower center of gravity = higher trajectories are easily attainable.
Heavier materials and weighting systems are also added towards the sole and trailing edge to assist in higher trajectories = lower c.o.g.
Rails on some fairway wood designs will assist the club head to skid/slide vs. digging.
The gear effect or bulge in the face will counteract off center impacts towards the toe or heal.
The shorter shaft length vs. the driver will aid in consistency.
Fairway wood lofts are offered as low as 12 or 13 degrees. This will give the consumer the maximum distance off the turf. (With the increased size of the 460 cc driver heads, the old driver off the ground has become very difficult, except for the most skilled of PGA golf professionals and amateurs.)
The strong 13 degree 3 wood is an excellent choice off the tee that does not reduce distance dramatically, and may be more consistent. This is a great asset on tight par 4s off the tee.
PGA Tour professionals will add a higher lofted fairway woods - 14 degrees and up to achieve higher ball flights and softer landings. The Masters requires this trajectory to access par 5 five tucked pins in 2 with firm and fast greens as Tiger Woods has done in the past.
Moveable weight technology has also been added to fairway woods to achieve specific ball flight patterns.
The high C.O.R. = .83 has been added to the face design by some manufacturers, as we find in the majority of modern driver designs.
Bottom line - Fairway woods have come along way since the persimmon and oversized days.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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