3 Hybrid Vs. 9 Iron Comparison Overview
Nowadays, you will find both hybrids and traditional irons in the bags of pro players. But what really separates these classes of clubs?
How interchangeable are they really? You probably already know that hybrids are supposed to be more forgiving than irons; but are they more beneficial in the long run?
That is a debatable question. We wanted to shed some light on the argument and provide some insights we gleaned from our testing of a 9 iron and a number 3 hybrid.
Take a look at what we found.
3 Hybrid Overview
3 hybrids are a godsend for any player who is struggling with the long irons. We found that it even plays a bit longer than 3 irons.
About 5 yards longer to give you a better idea. The 3 hybrid we tested had more girth in the head and was weighted more precisely than most 3 irons.
On average, you can expect about 190 yards out of a 3 hybrid which makes it a viable option for players with fast swing speeds to use off the tee.
You may find that your 3 hybrid is even more forgiving than your driver although that will largely depend on the manufacturer and model of your driver.
Unlike the 9 iron, you won’t be using your 3 hybrid for short approaches.
They are useful for attacking a short par 5 or par 4 aggressively from the tee or further back on the fairway.
9 Iron Overview
Your 9 iron will be the club you pull out when you are shooting for birdie. They are ideal for short approaches but take some time to get used to.
While 9 irons will be generally more wieldy than the long irons, it will still take some time for most golfers to learn how to effectively work their 9 irons.
You may be tempted to skip straight to your pitching wedge on approaches about 90-100 yards out but the 9 iron may offer more control.
Any 9 iron will have significantly more loft (about 41 to 43 degrees) and less distance (about 120 yards max) than a 3 hybrid so you wouldn’t consider replacing a 9 iron with a 3 hybrid.
Unless you are a low handicap player with a fast swing speed, you might want to consider carrying both a 9 iron and a 3 hybrid.
You’ll need a 9 iron no matter what at some point and a 3 hybrid could afford you the distance and forgiveness you need in the here and now.