3 Iron Vs 3 Hybrid – Which Club To Use And When
The 3 iron is a club that has been used extensively in the past but it is not so omnipresent these days, especially among beginners due to the recent surge in popularity of hybrids clubs like the #3.
These clubs hit the ball an average of about 180 yards so they are in direct competition with each other for a place in your bag.
The 3 iron is more precise and it comes in many styles for different levels of player. It is versatile and useful in a number of situations.
The 3 hybrid has a sharp leading edge making it perfect from the rough and it is know for consistently straight shots that embody a steady and higher launch angle with plenty of distance thrown in.
3 Iron Overview
As iron makers have been increasing the lofts of their clubs for so long, the 3 iron of yesterday is now effectively marketed a s a 4 iron but these clubs still have a place in the game for the better players, those who hit them well and players with faster swing speeds.
3 Irons come in many styles from game improvement to forged players irons so you can get the blend of distance, forgiveness and workability that you need.
The 3 iron is a precise club that can be used to hunt the pin on the course and there is no sweeter feeling than hitting the 3 iron flush.
The flight path is low and long so it stays under the wind and it is very useful of the tee on par 4’s or used as a driving iron on a dogleg.
The turf interaction of a 3 iron is solid too and the sweet spot can be as large and forgiving as you need. Due to the surge in popularity of the hybrids, the irons have also stepped their game up and you can find very competitive 3 iron’s on the market nowadays in all categories.
The deep undercut also cuts through the long grass of the rough well but not as effectively as the hybrid.
3 Hybrid Overview
The 3 Hybrid is a beginners dream, it offers consistent long, high and straight shots with a lower spin rate than woods and irons and with a ton of distance to boot.
Hybrids have taken over from long irons in many beginner sets and even in the bags of professional players because of the effectiveness.
The club can hit the ball an average of about 180 degrees and because of it’s sharp leading edge the club is excellent at cutting through the rough and delivering a decent launch.
If you are someone who struggles to hit irons or woods then the 3 hybrid is definitely worth a shot. For anyone that often finds themselves in the rough off the tee, a low hybrid is an essential club to carry.
The Hybrids also have large, forgiving sweet spots but because of the large head profile, they aren’t as workable as an iron but they are long and straight.
In general, it will always come down to personal preferences. I have always hit a 3 iron well, but if you don’t, then a 3 hybrid might be the better choice.
The 3 Iron in general sis more precise and the 3 hybrid is more consistent.