11 Wood Vs. 5 Hybrid Comparison Overview
You don’t see a lot of players pulling 11 woods out of their bags these days. After we tested a 5 hybrid against an 11 wood, we think we know why. The 5 hybrid is meant to replace the 11 wood specifically so it’s easy to view these two clubs as interchangeable.
You may not share that view after reading our comparison article though. In the following article, we are going to be going over the key differences between these two clubs and offer some advice as to which one you should be carrying.
11 Wood Overview
An 11 wood will typically have slightly weaker loft than a 5 hybrid which, right off the bat, may turn off a lot of players.
After all, the 11 wood and 5 hybrid are mostly made to do the same things. Indeed, the 11 wood we tested was good for getting us back on the fairway and out of tall rough. We were also pleasantly surprised when we discovered that the 11 wood was better for dodging overhead trees.
So basically, if you need to stay under trees the 11 wood would be better than the 5 hybrid because of the weaker loft. Other than that though, the 11 wood doesn’t offer much benefit over the 5 hybrid. It plays an average of 155 yards so it is significantly shorter than a 5 hybrid.
Woods in general are also less workable than hybrids. This proved true with the 11 wood that we tested against a 5 hybrid. You get straight shots which may be beneficial for high handicappers; but our better testers preferred the shot-shapeability of the 5 hybrid.
5 Hybrid Overview
The 5 hybrid is the more versatile of these 2 clubs that are often seen as interchangeable.
So to avoid mincing words, we would recommend using a 5 hybrid over an 11 wood. It plays longer so it’s more suitable on par 5 holes, it has stronger loft which makes it better for attacking fast greens and the head shape allows for more dynamic workability.
To top it all off, beginners and high handicap players tend to gravitate towards 5 hybrids because they are more forgiving than woods.
Keep in mind that some players simply prefer the feel of woods. You may be that kind of player too. Still, if you can’t get a fitting in, we would recommend picking up a 5 hybrid over an 11 wood any day of the week.