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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Thinking Man's Guide to Finding Your WITB: Part III
part I we discussed the driver and why we should seek to optimize distance
first, then look for consistency and accuracy. In part II, we discussed the
fairway woods and how we should seek consistency first, then distance and
In part III, I'll discuss the hybrid. Here's my current hybrid
775HS 18° Loft 58° Lie Angle Wishon Gold Tour Hybrid Shaft (Stiff
flex) 40-3/4" long D-4 swingweight 2,765 kg/cm2 MOI
clubs are often referred to as 'rescue' clubs. I think that is a good term to
describe the purpose of hybrids as I usually use the hybrid to advance the ball
at least 220 yards from a difficult lie or a very tight and difficult tee-shot.
There are times when I use it from the fairway into a par-4 or a par-5 and there
are some tee shots on par-3's I will use it off once in a while, but the main
purpose is usually to move it a good ways (220+ yards) from difficult
With that, I believe the hybrid should be your 'best club' in the
bag because you are hitting difficult shots with the hybrid that have to travel
a good ways and have to be accurate and consistent.
hybrids are much like the drivers these days, there's not much of a engineering
advantage between hybrids, regardless of make and model. So a lot of it has to
do with personal preference as far as the looks, CoG location (which is usually
low on all hybrids) and feel.
Where Wishon Golf has some sort of
advantage is with the high-COR head. However, Taylor Made's RBZ hybrid also has
a high-COR head. All this really allows a golfer to do is to hit a club with the
same specs and shafts a little further.
My main goal was to find a
hybrid that I could hit in between my 3-wood (250 yards off the deck) and my
3-iron (215-220 yards).
So that's why I went with the 2-hybrid which I
can hit about 230-245 yards.
The other part was the face
I prefer a hybrid that has a 'little meat on them bones' instead of
those super shallow hybrids. Getting the hybrid up in the air is not an issue
for me, but I believe that the super shallow hybrid heads are more difficult for
me to hit out of the rough as I can go under the ball or the face is more likely
to twist against the grass.
LOFT & LIE ANGLE (18° &
The loft is important because it plays a role in how far you
can hit the club. I was probably hitting a 21° lofted Mizuno Fli-Hi CLK around
220-235 yards, which wasn't enough for my tastes, so the 18° loft in the Wishon
775HS better suited my needs.
The lie angle becomes more important
because we are getting closer to the irons. Fortunately, the 775HS at 58° lie
angle fit me well. But if it didn't, it has a soft steel hosel so the lie angle
can be bent up to 4° upright or flat.
SHAFT (WISHON GOLD TOUR
HYBRID - STIFF FLEX)
Wishon Golf no longer makes the Gold model
shafts as they have been replaced by the Black model shafts.
One of the
main points about this shaft is that it fits me, despite being a stiff flex and
my driver and 3-wood shafts being X-Stiff. That's because the shaft bend
profiles are more suited to my swing despite what the shaft label
Also, from what I've been told a hybrid shaft of the same model is
typically softer in the tip section than a wood shaft of the same model. That's
because the woods have lighter clubhead weights, so they counter that by makign
the tip-section stiffer and heavier. The Wishon 949MC weighs in at 208 grams and
the 775HS 2-hybrid weights in at 238 grams.
The shaft is also a 0.335
tip. That's because the 775HS head has a 0.335 hosel. According to Wishon, who
has the capability to make 0.370 hosels and 0.370 shaft tips (he already has
0.370 iron head hosels and 0.370 shafts), the reason for the 0.335 shaft tip is
that it gets the kick point lower which allows the trajectory to fly higher. I'm
not sure how much merit or a difference that makes, but I did think it was
2-hybrid is about 40-1/2" long. I made mine 40-3/4" to help with my height (6'3"
SWINGWEIGHT & MOI (D-4 & 2,765
One of the features I like about the 775HS is that it has
a small weight port on the sole where the golfer or clubmaker can add a small
weight and simply glue a medallion on. This makes it much easier for me to MOI
match the club to my desired MOI. As we get into the hybrids, the optimal MOI
more closely resembles my irons optimal MOI.
Here's what I have for
fitted MOI's so far:
Driver: 2,825 3-wood:
2,805 Hybrid: 2,765
I generally find hybrids fairly easy to
hit. However, MOI is crucial because I believe that the hybrid should be our
'best club in the bag.' So, I need every advantage I can possibly get to make
sure it's the best club in the bag.
I know very few hybrids have the
ability to change weights like the 775HS, so it's a feature I would look out for
if you're looking for a hybrid.