5 Hybrid Vs. 9 Wood Comparison Overview
The shorter woods are where you are going to start seeing some overlap with the mid-hybrids. However, before you start swapping clubs out, you should know about some key differences between seemingly comparable clubs.
Today we are going to be taking a look at 5 hybrids and 9 woods and see how they stack up to one another and when you would most likely need to use them.
5 Hybrid Overview
The 5 hybrid provides an excellent mix of loft and compression which is why it is one of the most common hybrid clubs used in casual and professional settings.
The 5 hybrid is typically used to replace an 11 wood or 5 iron but in some cases, players use it to replace a 9 wood. That’s because, like a 9 wood, a 5 hybrid is very easy to hit out of the rough. The loft is also comparable to a 9 wood as well – about 28 degrees.
This makes the 5 hybrid an excellent choice for when you have to land the ball softly on a fast green or one that is guarded with slopes. In general, people tend to find the 5 hybrid easier to hit than a 9 wood. So if you’re in need of forgiveness, the 5 hybrid may be the better choice.
9 Wood Overview
People usually swap out a 9 wood for a 4 hybrid but there are a lot of similarities in this hybrid/wood range.
The first thing you should know is that a 9 wood will play shorter than a 5 hybrid for high to mid handicap players. With a 9 wood, you’re looking at about 120 yards while the 5 hybrid is meant to cover distances of about 170 yards.
Since loft is almost the same between a 9 wood and 5 hybrid, they are both good for getting the ball high in the air. However, a 9 wood may be heavier and less wieldy than a 5 hybrid. The main drawback to using a 9 wood in place of a 5 hybrid is the loss of distance.
In the end, it really comes down to your preferences as a player and the course you are playing. Some people simply like the feel of woods more than hybrids.
Some need the extra forgiveness you get from hybrids. The difference between these clubs is so negligible that your personal preferences will be the determining factor.