5 Wood Vs 2 Hybrid – Which Club To Use And When
Woods and hybrids go hand in hand these days thanks the recent surge in popularity for the latter.
The 5 wood a long and wieldy club, more like a blunt object than a precision tool, but very effective and getting the ball moving far, fast and in the general direction of the target.
While the 2 hybrid is not like a precision diamond cutter, it does off long, consistent, high launch and consistently straight shots from any lie.
5 Wood Overview
The 5 wood generally comes after the 3 wood in the pecking order and as such, isn’t used of the tee quite as much as the latter.
The 5 wood is going to be excellent when sitting up nicely in the fairway or on the light rough.
Because the shaft is shorter than the driver/3 wood, the club is lighter and the loft is more generous.
It all adds up to a club, that if you hit it well will produce long, high and straight shots towards the green.
The 18 degrees of loft ensures a high ball flight but it will also have a good bit of roll out.
A common flaw we see in people swinging a 5 wood, especially beginners is the dreaded slice.
The 5 wood is also more workable for better players as they can place some draw or fade on the ball.
2 Hybrid Overview
The 2 Hybrid can be seen as a replacement for the 5 wood and it’s going to be a more versatile club that can be used in more situations.
A 2 Hybrid is going to cut the turf more effectively than a 5 wood and it has a longer, more forgiving sweet spot.
The sharp leas edge makes it perfect for hitting long distances from the rough and advantageous lies anywhere on the course.
The club head gives a mix of good distance but it notoriously produces long, high and straight shots.
Even though Hybrids are finding there way into the bags of better professionals nowadays, the clubs are excellent for high handicappers who can hit them more consistently than woods or even irons.
While the 2 hybrid won’t be as precise as say a 3 iron, you can still aim for the pin with the 2 hybrid as opposed to just the green.
If you can hit hybrids better than woods, I would go with a 5 wood over a 2 hybrid. The club can also be used more often.
If you can hit a 5 wood straight and consistently well, it can also be a great choice, you could even carry the two together, if you feel its necessary and drop a long iron instead maybe.