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Choose Your Weapon: Driving Irons, Hybrids, Fairway Woods

Choose Your Weapon: Driving Irons, Hybrids, Fairway Woods

The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool brought excitement as well as some equipment changes that helped the players adapt to the different course conditions. When getting fit for clubs between the 3 wood and the long irons, there are several options available: driving irons, hybrids, and fairway woods. Each one of these options can have the ability to have the same carry distance but how each one gets there are worlds apart. Let’s compare them!

Driving Irons:

Design: Driving irons are typically designed with a smaller, more compact head, resembling a traditional iron. They have a lower profile and less bulk compared to hybrids and fairway metals.

Shot Trajectory: Driving irons are designed to produce a lower ball flight compared to hybrids and fairway metals, making them suitable for players who prefer penetrating shots and better control in windy conditions. The “Tiger” stinger!

Workability: Skilled players often prefer driving irons because they offer more workability and shot-shaping capabilities. More skilled golfers can manipulate ball flight easier with these clubs.

Distance and Accuracy: Driving irons are known for their distance and accuracy off the tee or from the fairway. They provide more precision but may sacrifice some forgiveness on off-center hits compared to hybrids and fairway metals.

Usage: Driving irons are commonly used as an alternative to long irons (e.g., 2- or 3-irons) or as a specialty club for specific situations, such as tee shots on tight fairways or into the wind.


Design: Hybrids have a design that blends features of both irons and fairway woods. They have a larger, rounded head that is more forgiving than driving irons and allows for better performance on mis-hits.

Shot Trajectory: Hybrids are designed to produce a higher ball flight, making them ideal for shots that need to land softly on the green. They are also effective for hitting from challenging lies, such as rough or fairway bunkers.

Forgiveness: Hybrids are more forgiving than driving irons, and they help minimize the negative effects of off-center strikes, providing more consistent distance and accuracy.

Versatility: Hybrids are versatile clubs that can be used from various lies and distances. They are popular choices for long approach shots, tee shots on par 3s, and for use as rescue clubs from difficult situations.

Fairway Woods:

Design: Fairway metals have larger clubheads with a more rounded shape, making them the most forgiving option among the three.

Shot Trajectory: Fairway metals are designed to launch the ball high into the air, making them great for reaching long distances with carry and roll.

Distance and Forgiveness: Fairway metals offer impressive distance, and their forgiving nature makes them easier to hit consistently, even on mis-hits.

Usage: Fairway metals are commonly used for longer approach shots, reaching par 5s in two shots, and for hitting off the tee on tight par 4s. They are also useful for players who struggle with longer irons.

Choosing the Right Club:

The choice between driving irons, hybrids, and fairway metals depends on factors such as your skill level, personal preference, the specific shot requirements on the golf course, and your typical playing conditions. Stop by the Custom Clubs Shop to talk and check out the options available to help you improve your game!