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    Driving irons and iron hybrids

    Many of the clubs that are available now were not even around the when last I played regularly and I have just not gotten around to trying everything. For those that have tried driving irons and iron hybrids, are they at all comparable? Is something like a 2 iron hybrid very similar to a driving iron or are they very different animals?

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    To me they are really different... The driving irons are much tougher for me to hit and the hybrids are so forgiving and somewhat easy to use. Of course there are tons of different factors: shaft, forgiveness of hybrid, clubhead etc... But you should check it out if you have a chance. My pops played a driving iron and has just recently gone hybrid. Once you get the hang of it.. so easy and smooth.
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    ya i agree go hybrid. alot easier to control. driving iron is like a 3iron which is harder to hit than a hybrid and you dont see very many people using them now days because its so much easier to hit a hybrid. driving irons are better for low handicappers because they can get the ball up in the air easier and are able to control it.. just my opinion though..
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    Thanks guys, I am sure you are right.

    I have a 3 hybrid that I have just started to work with. I got it with the iron set I play.

    I have not seen any driving irons in any of the shops that I frequent and did not know what to think of those. Not sure if it was something I should be thinking about but now I think you guys have cured me of any inclinations in that direction. This game is tough enough as it is. I think I will see how things go with the 3H that I have and if I really like the results maybe add one more hybrid.

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    The only reason I would ever consider a driving iron over a hybrid now is if I had a need to keep the ball low and running for a lot of shots. Hybrids just win.
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    Depends on the player perhaps? A friend of mine uses a driving iron instead of a hybrid, and his reasoning was that he couldn't hit a wood worth squat so he felt more comfortable with the driving iron? (I don't necessarily agree with his argument, but I do understand where he's coming from)

    Personally, I feel like you really don't have a shot of hitting a driving iron unless you're already pretty decent with your long irons. The hybrids are much easier to just bomb out there. As for actually hitting with a specific trajectory in mind, I have more trouble. I'm able to control my irons close enough to the way I want, but I have a much harder time doing it with a "wood-like" head. (my draws always seem to end up hooks and fades turn into slices with woods) But that's more of a consideration if you're actually trying to work the ball.

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    My best friend has a driving iron. He got one because he couldn't hit a wood at all. He would always use his 3-iron to tee off with but I kept on him and he finally found one he liked and bought it. He hit it a TON!

    He didn't try a hybrid because this was back around 2000. He hasn't played in probably 8 or 9 years. He may or may not use a hybdid IF he ever plays again!
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    I find them quite different, most driving irons really just add a bit of bluk and not near as much forgiveness as you get out of a hybrid. Coming from a person like myself that used to carry a two iron and now my longest iron is a 5. I love all 3 of my hybrids and wouldn't give them up for the world. They are just too easy to hit.
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