3 Iron Vs 2 Hybrid – Which Club To Use And When

The 3 iron is one of the more famous and versatile clubs in the game but the position of many long irons has come under increasing threat from the epic surge in popularity of the golf hybrids.

The 3 Iron is going to be a more precise club but slightly harder to hit while the 2 hybrid is straight, long and consistent with less workability.

3 Iron Overview

A 3 iron was one of my favorite clubs when i started playing golf.

Before the era of hybrids and when my dads driver and fairway woods were probably too long for me, I quickly realized that the 3 iron was more precise off the tee and pretty much every where else and the lost distance was made up for with the accuracy.

I was using it like a driving iron to a certain extent and plenty of others will still carry a 3 iron because of this accuracy but 3 irons are also quite workable.

You can get game improvement, players distance or blades and the more player freindly clubs will be more workable, whether that is a draw or fade or changing the dynamic loft of the club on impact.

The average golfer will hit the 3 iron about 180 yards and it is quite versatile with it’s 21 degrees of loft.

It is great for tee shots on par 3’s and layups but also excellent from the fairway and light to mid rough where the leading edge can cut through the grass and turf quite well.

The 3 iron has been replace by hybrids for many golfers in recent times and especially in beginner golf club sets.

2 Hybrid Overview

 It’s easy to see why hybrids have become so popular in recent years. They are long, consistently straight and workable.

As the name suggests, the hybrid is a mix between a wood and an iron. The large circular head provides ample distance and the large sweet spot on the extended face is extra forgiving.

With the deep undercut and leading edge, the clubs easily swipes through turf and grass to deliver an effective stroke form the fairway, light and even heavy rough.

The 2 hybrid has 18 degrees of loft approximately and hits about the same distance as 5 wood, about 10 yards on average more than a 3 iron.

If I had been learning in the modern day, I may well have found the same qualities in the hybrid as I did in that 3 iron. It is long, straight and very forgiving.

The accuracy and precision, does lie somewhere between a wood and the 3 iron however and better players may favour this precision over the hybrid. The 3 iron is also better off the tee.

Top tour pros are now using hybrids and if you end up in the rough quite a bit off the tee, the 2 hybrid or ‘Rescue club’ could be one of your go to’s.

In most beginner sets people may carry a 3 and 5 hybrid as the already have the 2 hybrid distances covered with woods.

Players are frequently dropping long irons for hybrids but as you get better, the precision of the long irons will once again become more enticing.

The 3 iron and 2 hybrid may not be carried together too often as they are quite similar in terms of distance, alongside the 5 wood.

Both clubs are versatile and useful, which one you choose to carry will come down to your game, preferences and ability.

3 Iron Quick Facts

Category – Long Iron

When To Use: From Fairway, Light-Mid Rough, Tee

Average Distance: 180

Longer Hitter: 200

Shorter Hitter: 165

Typical Loft: 21 Degrees

Club Importance: 91/100

2 Hybrid Quick Facts

Category – Hybrid – Long Club

When To Use: From Fairway, Light-Heavy Rough, Tee

Average Distance: 190

Longer Hitter: 210

Shorter Hitter: 175

Typical Loft: 18 Degrees

Club Importance: 91/100

3 Iron Overview & First Impressions

3 Irons have long slender heads and come in various styles from players irons, game improvement irons to distance irons.

A 3 iron is usually favoured by players looking for precision or else to work the ball with a draw or a fade.

It can often be used on par 3’s, shots from the fairway and light to mid rough along with shots looking for the green from a distance of about 180 yards.

Since the 3 irons flight path is low and quite far, it can be a great option in windy conditions to ensure the ball doesn’t get carried away.

The 3 iron is slightly less popular these days with many beginners and pros alike starting to favor hybrids.

A 3 iron can also be used in a driving iron format when looking for precision off the tee or in bad weather.

When the ball is sitting up perfectly in the fairway and light rough, it can be a pleasure to launch the ball towards the green with precision

One Club Up – 3 Hybrid

The three hybrid is a combination of a wood and hybrid with a thicker head and it results is a higher and slightly longer flight path too. Since it has a sharper leading edge, it can also be used very effectively from the rough.

One Club Down – 4 Iron

A common club that we see nowadays one down from the 5 is the three hybrid. Great for accuracy and distance from fairway and rough, it has a sharp leading edge for hitting from the rough, earning it’s name as the rescue club.

2 Hybrid Overview & First Impressions

At an average hitting distance of 200 yards, the 2 Hybrid is one of the longest clubs in the game.

As the name suggests, a hybrid tries to mix the precision and consistently straight shots of an iron with the distance of a fairway wood.

The result has been a huge surge in popularity for clubs like the 2 Hybrid.

Most golfers will still carry a 3 wood and a 5 wood and the 2 Hybrid has a similar range to the 3 or 4 Wood.

If you are one of the many golfers who hits longer straighter shots with a hybrid than with a wood, a 2 hybrid will be an excellent club to carry.

The sharp leading edge on the hybrid can interact well with the turf and that makes the hybrid a ‘Rescue’ club from the rough.

If you tend to end up in the the rough off the tee, the 2 hybrid can be an excellent way to turn around a bad lie for your second shot.

The hybrid will sacrifice some of the workability of the 4 wood but it is perfect to hit straight consistently from the fairway.

One Club Up – 3 Hybrid

The three hybrid is very similar to the 2 hybrid but it has more degrees of loft and finds its way into more golf bags. The 3 hybrid hits at a more advantageous distance to match with a 3 and 5 wood than a 2 hybrid.

One Club Down – 5 Wood

The 5 Wood would be a similar but slightly shorter club distance than the 2 hybrid. The 5 wood has a bigger head and is blunter in terms of precision than they hybrid, which can achieve more precise targeting with less work ability.

3 Iron Selling Points

  • Excellent Precision
  • Low Ball Flight, Good Distance
  • Great In Windy Conditions
  • Can Add A Draw Or A Fade
  • Great Off The Tee On Par’s

2 Hybrid Selling Points

  • Excellent From The Rough
  • Easy Launching
  • Straight Shots Consistently
  • Hits On Average 200 Yards
  • Precise Targetting

Who Are 3 Irons For?

Being honest, you wouldn’t be surprised to see a 3 iron in any golfers bag for it’s versatility and usefulness.

With beginners it can be a go to club or a club to use as a driving iron off the tee, while some beginners will prefer to use a 3 or 4 hybrid. It comes down to a matter of personal preference.

Better players are going to get more use out of a 3 iron as they are able to work the ball more for left to right.

They can also use a 3 iron to target precise locations on the course.

It’s long, low ball flight makes it ideal in windy conditions or as a lay up on a dog leg.

If’ you aren’t carrying a replacement hybrid, everybody should have a 3 iron in their bag.

Our Favorite 3 Iron – Callaway Mavrik

Callaway are a mammoth when it comes to high performing golfing irons and the Mavrik is one of the more forgiving clubs they have made, available in a max forgiveness, normal and pro version to suit all players.

You are going to get tons of distance with this alongside forgiveness and you can also work the irons quite a bit.

If you are in the market for solid 3 iron as a high to mid handicapper, we recommend theMavrik.

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 94/100

Forgiveness: 93/100

Feel and Control: 92/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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Who Are 2 Hybrids For?

If you are someone that hits your hybrids better than your woods, you should consider testing and carrying a 2 Hybrid instead.

If you end up in a bit of trouble off the tee quite often, the 2 Hybrid is a rescue club that get you out of trouble.

The club interacts excellently with the turf and it produces straight shots more consistently than woods for many golfers.

Hybrids are used by a lot of pros these days but the high handicapper can find the most utility from them with their consistent straightness.

The Hybrid is a very resourceful and useful clubs, if you have room for it in your 14 clubs, it is sure to coming out of the bag quite often.

Our Favorite 2 Hybrid – Taylormade Sim 2 Max

If you are talking about top quality in Hybrids, look no further than Taylormade.

This clubs look more like racing cars and they have the performance to match.

The Sim 2 Max, is extremely forgiving, long and it allows for high launch angles easily.

Distance: 96/100

Accuracy: 94/100

Forgiveness: 95/100

Feel and Control: 92/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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