7 Wood Vs. 5 Hybrid Comparison Overview
The 7 wood and 5 hybrid actually have a lot of performance similarities even though a 5 hybrid would typically be used to replace an 11 wood. Before you swap out any of your woods for a hybrid club though you should read the following comparison.
While the 5 hybrid and 7 wood occupy some of the same performance space, you can’t really replace one for the other. See why in the following comparison overview.
7 Wood Overview
The 7 wood is where fairway woods start to become more viable for getting out of the rough. The stronger loft compared to the longer woods also make it a good choice for long approaches to fast greens.
Sort of sounds like how a 5 hybrid is used, doesn’t it? Well, the similarities pretty much end there. Overall, a 7 wood will be more difficult to work (if that’s what you need on a given shot) than a 5 hybrid.
The larger head, while more congenial for beginner players, can naught but produce straight shots. And while the 7 wood will give you more height than say, a 5 wood, the 5 hybrid will be better for getting over trees or laying up.
The 7 wood can cover more distance though. On the lower end, a 7 wood can cover the same distance as a 5 hybrid (about 170 yards). However, most mid handicap players will be able to get between 190 and 210 yards out of a decent 7 wood.
5 Hybrid Overview
If you find yourself in some tall rough, you will really want to have a 5 hybrid in your bag as opposed to a 7 wood.
That’s because the head design of a hybrid is much more congenial to cutting through tough rough. While the larger head of a 7 wood may instill more confidence in high handicap players, slightly more experience players know that the 5 hybrid is the better rescue club.
On long approaches, it will really depend on the course conditions. If you’re working with a mainly flat terrain, a 7 wood may be the better call. If your green is set up on a slope though, the 5 hybrid would be the better option.
A 7 wood is for longer distances that don’t require you to negate many hazards. The 5 hybrid is better for tough lies and shorter, trickier approaches.