5 Wood or 17 Hybrid

I use a 5 wood to replace my 2 iron but I am wondering if a 17 degree hybrid might be just as good and a little more forgiving. The 5 wood is also 17 degrees but of course with a longer shaft. The 5 wood is my 200 yard club. Thoughts ?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe a 17* is a 4 wood not five.  It really depends on your preference.  Some prefer the fairway over the hybrid, some prefer the hybrid over the fairway.  The fairway will offer more distance, while the hybrid offers more forgiveness.  Best bet is to go try both of them, and see which one works best for you.

Carl T

I use a 5 wood to replace my 2 iron but I am wondering if a 17 degree hybrid might be just as good and a little more forgiving. The 5 wood is also 17 degrees but of course with a longer shaft. The 5 wood is my 200 yard club. Thoughts ?

That is a personal preference.  Do a side by side. 

The 5 wood generally is easier to launch and often gets about 10 yards more than a 17 hybrid.  Also has a bigger head.

A 17 hybrid is pretty close in lie angle and shaft length to a 7 wood if that helps. 

I happen to be one of those that fares better with a fairway wood vs a long hybrid.  I found that out in 2006.  I can crush a 5 or 7 wood but have a hard time with hybrids above 25*.   I'm now getting to the point where I can hit a 21 hybrid somewhat.  I hit a 7 wood (21*) just as far as a 17 hybrid.  My combo for quite some time has been a 19-21 fairway and a 25-27H.

I also found out I hit a 5H (25-27*) better than a 9 wood (24*).   Along these lines, I have been using a 32-34 hybrid in place of the 6 and 7 irons since 2009 (I keep the 7 in the bag but use it more for punching out from under a tree or a low chip shot).

My setup is 910F 19*, 910H 21* and 27*.   19* is ~190 yards, 21H is 175 and 27H is 160.  I also played Superfast 5-18 fw, 4-21 and 6-27 hybrids.   I also played with a TM Burner 7/21 fw, SQ2 5/26 and 7/34 hybrids.

 

 

 

I work for a golf company and to be 100% honest it really depends on the yardage you can hit your clubs and what gaps you want to fill. Personally I use a 4 wood for my 250-275 gap and I just recently picked up a titleist 19 deg hybrid to fill my 210-250 gap. If you can get to a facility that has a range or simulators Id go there and try some different options unil you find the right club that meets your needs.

I prefer to call it a 17' club...these days the numbers on irons and woods don't mean much. a,b,c,d might be better