Driving Irons vs Hybrids

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By Chris T

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  1. I was wondering if I could get some help on what you all thought about the driving 2-irons that have recently become so BIG on tour and now for amateurs.

    What I use off the tee and what's in the bag now:

    Driver: 9.5 Degree TM M3 3-Wood: 13.5 Degree Titleist F2 Hybrid: 19 Degree TM M1 (2017 4 Iron: 24 Degree Titleist 718 CBs

    I have tested and have hit cally, Titleist, and TM 2-Irons and I LOVE them. The 2-Iron for me is more for course management club.

    The 2 Iron I am looking at is 17 degrees... What would come out of the bag is my hybrid at 19 degrees.

    The gap between my 3-wood and 2-iron will decrease... but the gap between the 2-iron and the 4-iron are pretty big at 7 degrees...

    I was just wondering what some of your thoughts were?

  2. My normal is a 15* 3-wood then a 19* utility iron followed by my first "normal" iron at 25*. I have a 17* and 21* hybrid I put in the bag depending on the course. I generally launch hybrids and fairways pretty high so the utility iron is great off the tee and I'm fairly comfortable from a decent lie. For me it's not one or the other but course/conditions dependent. If I play a long course with heavier rough then I usually put the 2 hybrids in. My home course is a shorter desert course with limited rough. The utility iron gets used off the tee a lot and as a 2nd shot on a couple of par 5s.
  3. I have ditched the 3 wood and gone to a TM-B 2 iron. I made that decision because I had a hard time hitting the 3 wood and can put the 3 and 4 iron down the middle. The 3 wood on a good day was 240 yards and the 2 iron is about 220.
    The giant gap between Driver and 2 iron forces me to make better course management decisions. The TM-B came with a Project X shaft. LOW trajectory and great roll out. I changed the shaft to an XP95 to match the set. It gave me a Higher launch. The rest of the bag is 716 AP1's.
  4. I have ditched the 3 wood and gone to a T-MB2 iron. I made that decision because I had a hard time hitting the 3 wood and can put the 3 and 4 iron down the middle. The 3 wood on a good day was 240 yards and the 2 iron is about 220.
    The giant gap between Driver and 2 iron forces me to make better course management decisions. The T-MB came with a Project X shaft. LOW trajectory and great roll out. I changed the shaft to an XP95 to match the set. It gave me a Higher launch. The rest of the bag is 716 AP1's.

    Sorry , not enough coffe on the last post.
  5. mark w

    mark w
    Dallas, TX

    If you hit them both equally well, it would depend on what the course needed for my strengths and weaknesses.

    I personally like the look of Utility irons over a hybrid, they just suit my eye better.
  6. Zangetsu

    Zangetsu
    Netherlands

    Got myself a cb 2 iron with a xp 95 shaft, used this shaft in an old swoosh set, and the 2 iron was the first upgrade to Titleist I made loved it but now I feel I am ballooning the 2 iron other cb’s Project x shaft. So debating if I should have the shaft changed or get a 718t-Mb2 iron.

    Amy thoughts?
  7. I dropped my hybrid out for a TM-B 2 iron. I find it's a better club for me on the shortish par 4's. For me it's about course management. The gap between my 2 iron and 4 iron is only 5 deg, I have C16 irons, so it's manageable. I find I'm better off carrying an extra wedge than an extra long club.
  8. Hybrids are better on mid hits. Your pro play golf for a living so if you play 3 to 4 times a week go with the driving iron

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