Irons vs Hybrids: Which Club? Comparison & Distance Charts

Irons vs Hybrids: Which Club? Comparison & Distance Charts

26 April 2019


Irons vs Hybrids is a battle between 2 types of clubs. This article aims to break down the reasons what you should use and why, depending on your ability and handicap level.

Shot Scope have identified just how much more effective an amateur is with a hybrid as opposed to a long iron. The introduction of hybrids changed how long shots were played into the green. Marketed as easier to hit consistently and easier to get up in the air, lots of golfers jumped on the idea. Only recently have manufacturers started producing sets of irons without 3, 4 and 5 irons. This might point towards a reason that a 4 iron/4 hybrid use is now 50-50 among club golfers.

Irons vs Hybrids Club Stats

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It is interesting that not many handicap golfers would elect to carry a 3 iron, but that the 3 hybrid is the most commonly carried hybrid. In general terms, a hybrid will travel 8 to 12 yards further than the corresponding iron, but in reality accuracy and consistency are the keys.

Due to the fact that most golfers carry either a hybrid or an iron, it is very difficult to compare them directly. Instead, Shot Scope has looked at the data regarding the distance the club was hit from, and the result.

Irons vs Hybrids Green in Regulation Stats

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Interestingly, from over 200 yards a hybrid is almost twice as effective compared to a long iron. It is still more effective between 180-200 yards, but that gap closes within 180 yards. This proves that most golfers should not be carrying irons which they can hit over 180 yards – instead, swap them for a hybrid.

To conclude the battle between irons vs hybrids, it is clear that the average handicap golfer should be choosing the hybrid over the long iron. However all golfers are unique and swing their own swing, so this may not be the case for all golfers. Perhaps try your own irons vs hybrids test?

About Shot Scope

Shot Scope design and manufacture golf GPS watches, shot tracking systems and laser rangefinders. Shot Scope’s mission is to help golfers improve on course strategy and make the game more enjoyable for all.

The Shot Scope V3 is a stylish and lightweight GPS watch available in 4 colours. The V3 can be used on the course as an advanced GPS watch or simply use in watch mode for your daily life off the course. The Shot Scope V3 comes preloaded with the Shot Scope’s in-house course database of 36,000 worldwide courses, allowing changes to a course to be instantly uploaded within as little as 48 hours. The V3 automatically tracks each shot hit on the course, without interfering with your game.

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Shot Scope mobile app and performance statistics

Shot Scope V3 users have unlimited access to Tour-quality performance statistics with the touch of a button. More than 100 different analytics can be reviewed via the Shot Scope V3 mobile app or Shot Scope’s online dashboard on different clubs, tee shots, approaches, short game and putting.

My Golf Spy: Best Value GPS Watch 2020

Check out this review on Shot Scope V3.

V3 is available to buy at, Dicks Sporting Goods – USA, PGA Superstore – USA, American Golf – UK and Golfbox Australia.


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