5 Wood Vs. 5 Hybrid Comparison Overview
The numbers used to designate golf clubs can be confusing for beginners.
The general rule of thumb is that hybrid clubs use the same scale as iron clubs. Therefore, a 5 hybrid could be used to replace a 5 iron, a 6 hybrid could be used to replace a 6 iron and so on and so forth.
But what about replacing woods with hybrids? Do woods and hybrids use the same scale? No, they don’t.
This is where you essentially have to use loft to determine which hybrids correlate to woods. In the following overview, we will be comparing a 5 wood and a 5 hybrid.
5 Wood Overview
The 5 wood is going to have a larger head than a 5 hybrid which may make it more congenial for beginner players but they are used in very different situations.
Unlike the longer woods, the 5 wood is mainly going to be used off the deck. In this way it is similar to the 5 hybrid; but the similarities pretty much end there. Your 5 wood is going to cover much more distance than your 5 hybrid.
Better players will be able to squeeze nearly 290 yards from a 5 wood while a 5 hybrid typically lives in the range of about 170 yards. A 5 hybrid will also have a lot more loft than a 5 wood.
You can think of it like this: if you need a straight, long shot from the deck on a par 5, you would typically go with a 5 wood.
5 Hybrid Overview
If however you need to land the ball dead on the green, get over some hazards, get yourself out of a bunker or you’re playing a hilly course, a 5 hybrid would be the better option.
A 5 hybrid will give you a bit more dynamism in terms of shot-shaping because of the smaller, more shallow head design and the stronger loft. This is a mid-range club so you wouldn’t use it off the tee of if your target is more than about 170 yards away.
Still, the 5 hybrid will typically interact with tough terrain better than a 5 wood so in many cases it will be the better rescue club.
So can you replace a 5 wood with a 5 hybrid? No. Don’t make that mistake. Instead, you may want to get to know both of these clubs.