There are many types of irons or clubs that can be used in the game of golf. As you progress as a golfer, you will find that there are actually certain types of clubs that you can use for certain reasons apart from the 9 standard irons you have in your bag.
The utility club or often referred to as the rescue club is one of them. More recent names have since surfaced where it is commonly known today as the hybrid club. This type of club is rising in popularity mainly because it makes the game easier, particularly for the recreational golfer and not so much among the competitive golfer. It must be noted however that more competitive golfers have since ‘switched’ to using hybrids today.
Hybrid means the combination of wood and iron
The term hybrid is used because it is actually a combination of wood and iron in the body of the club. This means that they are not as lightweight as the wooden club and not as heavy as the iron. As such, it changes the game a lot in terms of ball elevation while making them easier to hit.
What this actually refers to is that it would be the most ideal replacement for the long irons which is the direct reference to the 2, 3 and 4 irons. In some cases, the hybrid replaces the 5 iron as well. Through this context, golfers are now more receptive to the idea of hybrid sets instead of the full set of clubs complete with the 3 and 4 irons as it has been practiced previously. Short irons are from 6 to 9.