Golf Utility Clubs

Purpose of Rescue or Hybrid clubs

nike hybridA hybrid golf club combines the qualities of an iron and a fairway wood into one club. Hybrid clubs are among the most versatile clubs any golfer can use. They can be used off the fairway, from the rough or off a tee. They’re much easier to hit and often produce more consistent shots than long irons. Over the past decade, hybrid golf clubs have grown in popularity among golfers worldwide, largely due to the difficulty that many golfers have in properly striking the 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-irons and the difficulty in hitting fairway woods from the rough. Because golfers are only allowed to carry 14 clubs in their bag, many players replace one or more clubs with a hybrid. Here’s a quick guide to hybrids and their equivalent woods and irons.

Check out this link for a variety of hybrid clubs.


Hybrid Wood Iron
14-16 Degree 3-Wood 1-Iron
17-19 Degree 5-Wood 2-Iron
20-22 Degree 7-Wood 3-Iron
23-25 Degree 9-Wood 4-Iron


Hybrid Wood Iron
18-20 Degree 5-Wood 2-Iron
21-23 Degree 7-Wood 3-Iron
24-26 Degree 9-Wood 4-Iron
27-28 Degree   5-Iron
29-31 Degree   6-Iron

Check out this link for a variety of rescue clubs. There is a large list to choose from.


taylormade rocketballz hybridThe hybrid’s club face is flat, similar to an iron, making it easier to hit the ball squarely, but it’s also hard, like a fairway wood, increasing the potential for greater distance on your shots. Its rounded head and wide sole design allows for a lower center of gravity toward the back and bottom of the club head, which helps get more trajectory and ball loft on a golf swing. This allows players with slower swing speeds to make a rounded swing, as you would with a fairway wood, and sweep the ball off the turf rather than requiring the more upright and precise swing necessary to hit long irons squarely. Hybrid golf clubs are shorter in length than woods and are usually equal to or slightly longer than the iron they replace. They also have the same shaft thickness as irons—about 1/16 of an inch wider than woods at the point the shaft enters the hosel. This results in less “twisting” of the club at impact and improves accuracy when compared to shots struck with woods.


callaway hybridThe amount of distance you can get on a shot is largely determined by the loft angle of the club and your ability as a golfer. Because the average golfer is able to make better contact with a hybrid than with the iron it replaces, a hybrid can give a golfer an additional 4 to 12 yards of distance on average. The hybrid’s lower center of gravity helps get the ball airborne more easily, obtaining a higher trajectory than an iron with the same degree of loft. While hybrids will yield less roll because of their increased trajectory, the resulting increase in driving distance more than makes up for this.

Here are the average distances for an average male 18-handicapper with hybrid clubs compared to the clubs they are replacing:

Hybrid Yardage Wood/Iron Yardage
16 Degree 198 yards 5-wood 194 yards
21 Degree 190 yards 3-Iron 184 yards
24 Degree 178 yards 4-Iron 174 yards
27 Degree 169 yards 5-Iron 157 yards

When to use a hybrid

Golfers typically use hybrids to replace their long irons (1–4) and to fill the gap between fairway woods and the easier to hit mid-to-short irons. Your lowest-number hybrid should provide a distance of 10 to 15 yards shorter than your highest-number fairway wood so there’s no gap in distance coverage. Hybrids are effective hitting out of deeper grass in the rough, and can also be useful when you need distance out of a bunker. Since the hybrid shot does not roll as far because it flies higher, you can use a hybrid when you need more accuracy and consistency.

Check out this link for a variety of rescue clubs. There will be a large variety for you to choose from.

8 thoughts on “Golf Utility Clubs

  • October 6, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Hybrid versus Rescue
    I read in a sports magazine somewhere that the name Rescue was used by TaylorMade to brand their hybrid clubs, the writer exclaimed that it’s a new concept and there are not a lot of rules governing what is and what is not a hybrid.Apparently they can help your game with sheer force
    It was interesting to read further that TaylorMade rescue clubs include the Rocketballz Rescue, Rocketballz Stage 2 Rescue and Burner Superfast 2.0 Rescue Utility lines. It is designed to send your ball further and faster. Your post was written very well. No harm in adding a few images of the different clubs you were discussing

    • October 7, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Hi Richard,
      I did not know that Taylor Made used the term Rescue, thanks for sharing. I have one of the Taylor Made Rocketballz rescue clubs. It does work well out of the rough for those longer golf shots. I also use it off the tee for one of our par 3’s that plays anywhere from 170 – 190 yards. That club gives me the option to use instead of my 5 or 6 iron. I will look into adding some images of rescue clubs to my site. Thanks for the suggestion and thank you for your comments.

  • October 9, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks for the detailed description of hybrid clubs. I have never tried a hybrid but I definitely will try one out. I think the added yardage would be invaluable, especially when hitting out of the rough from a distance. They seem like they would be ideal for people struggling with longer irons, especially beginners.

    • October 10, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Hi Robert,
      My pleasure! I hope you found the information useful. Most of the golfers I play with have a number of hybrid clubs in their bags now, including myself. They’ve replaced the 3, 4, and 5 irons because they find hitting hybrids easier, not only from out of the rough but even in the fairway. They just feel they have better control.
      Best regards,

  • December 22, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Man I haven’t played golf in a while but this giving me the itch! I always prided myself on how I could hit my irons but never could consistently use my fairway woods.

    I bet if I had one of these hybrids it would help tremendously since they are easier to hit and have more accuracy. Maybe I will ask for one for Christmas!

    • December 22, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      Hi Jeremy.
      I too have the itch to play but unfortunately all our courses are closed right now because of the snow. I bought a new hybrid towards the end of the season and although I only got to hit it a few times, it felt great. As I get older, I’m finding it harder to hit my long irons but I had no troubles hitting my new rescue club, whether it was from the fairway or in the rough. The ball just comes off the club face so nice. Hopefully Santa answers your wish and brings you a new rescue club for Christmas.

  • December 27, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Hi Shawn!
    Your post about hybrid golf clubs was an interesting read! Didn’t know what hybrid golf clubs did exist! I do have a question though, would a hybrid gold club still be suitable for a person like myself who has little experience with using golf clubs in general or is it something that mainly professional golfers use?

    • December 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      Hi Raymond!
      I think that hybrid golf clubs are becoming more and more popular. I know that most of the guys I golf with have at least one of them in their bag. I do as well. I find they are easier to hit than the long irons and they make hitting out of the long grass much easier as well. I’m certainly not a professional player by any means, but I just love using my hybrids. I think you’ll find that a lot of professionals are starting to use them as well, but I think you would find that a hybrid golf club could be a welcome addition to your golf bag.
      Thank you for your comments.


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