4 Wood Vs. 5 Hybrid Comparison Overview
Many beginner golfers ask whether they can replace a 4 wood with a 5 hybrid and vice versa. In general, a 4 wood would replace a 1 hybrid and vice versa because of the matching loft and average distance.
So right off the bat, don’t make the mistake of replacing your 4 wood with a 5 hybrid. It doesn’t work the same as it does with hybrids/irons where the number correlates with the club it’s meant to replace. Still, you may have some questions about how a 5 hybrid stacks up to a 4 wood and we want to help answer them.
4 Wood Overview
A 4 wood is a good club to have in your bag if you don’t necessarily want to mess with the really long irons.
A 4 wood will be easier to hit than a corresponding 1 or 2 iron. It will also be easier for you to get the ball high up in the air than it would be with a corresponding iron. On average, you can expect a distance of about 200 to 220 yards with a 4 wood which makes it a viable option off the tee for some players.
4 woods aren’t that common in general though because they lack versatility. While they give many players good launch and distance, if you’re not going to be using your 4 wood off the tee then there aren’t very many other situations where one would be useful.
Not to say that they can’t be used off the deck; we just mean that there are better clubs to use to cover 200-220 yards on the fairway.
5 Hybrid Overview
The 5 hybrid will be more useful for high handicap and beginner players because it is a bit more forgiving than a 4 wood. Just be aware that you will be giving up significant distance.
In fact, you will be sacrificing up to 50 yards on average with a 5 hybrid. Still, the 5 hybrid is a good option for many players because it’s better from the rough. Some might miss the large head size of a 4 wood when switching to a 5 hybrid but the usage is different.
You wouldn’t need a 5 hybrid from the tee or for covering a distance greater than about 170 yards.
The 5 hybrid is a more useful club. Really, you would only need a 4 wood if you’ve not found an acceptable driver or 3 wood.