Long irons are difficult to hit - even if you're a good ball striker.
Hybrids have become the logical replacement for many. They provide the hollow-bodied head design with bulge and roll on the club face that provide the ball speeds and forgiveness you used to only see in fairway wood and drivers. The wider soles (when compared to traditional long irons) resist digging, affording some additional leeway in the ball striking department.
In the past few years we have seen a new club design hoping to replace one or two of those long irons - the crossover (or driving iron). This club design is typically (though not always) a hollow body design with perimeter weighting. These clubs take on more of a traditional look of an iron head than they do of a hybrid. Inasmuch, the faces of these clubs are designed to work like those on the rest of your irons - free of bulge and roll, grooved, and taller (turf to topline) - allowing you the control and workability that you are more likely to find in a traditional iron design. Sounds like the best of both worlds - ball speeds of a hollow-body design, the control of an iron? Yes and no. These clubs are not designed to help you get the ball up in the air. Whats more, they're not really designed to be much easier to hit than your long irons (though frequently offered with lighter, graphite shafts). This club design simply provides faster balls speeds than your long irons with a touch of added forgiveness in the hollow body design and/or perimeter weighting.
If you're considering a purchase of a crossover or a hybrid to replace a those "not-so-easy-to-hit" long irons, I would recommend trying each. Both designs have their place in golfers' bag's. Let's find out which design would be a better replacement for YOUR long irons!
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