The answer is most likely “yes” – you should get a 19 degree hyrbid.
But here’s a question you should answer first: When’s the last time you hit a 3 iron or a 4 iron?
(insert awkward silence)
You might not even have 3 iron in your set!
Most casual golfers let this part of their iron set gather dust – and for good reason!
A long iron can be difficult to master. And because of that fact, high handicappers and new golfers often stay away.
But what happens when a golfer needs distance of these clubs and they don’t have the skills to use them?
They find a workaround (like the 19 degree hybrid).
In the span of golf history, hybrid clubs are a relatively new option, but they continue to grow in their popularity because they fill a huge golf equipment gap.
Today, I want to highlight one of the children in the hybrid family: the 19-degree hybrid club.
What is a 19 Degree Hybrid?
A 19-degree hybrid is a golf club with a 19-degree angle between the clubhead and the ground.
As the name implies, a hybrid combines the best of both worlds, offering a similar grip to iron clubs while maintaining the forgiving nature and longer distance of a wood.
I wish there were a hybrid salad – something that tasted like a cookie but had the health benefits of a salad…but I digress.
Hybrid golf clubs are popular thanks to:
- A bigger club head with a more generous sweet spot
- Better distance with lower swing speed
- More accuracy than long irons
A long iron like a 3 or 4 is great for better players, but the average golfer will benefit more from the 19 degree hybrid or the 20 degree hybrid.
That being said, there are even some golf pros who use hybrids.
How Far Does a 19 Degree Hybrid Go?
The answer to this question obviously depends on a player’s swing speed and skill level, but generally speaking, the 19 degree hybrid will hit the golf ball 200-240 yards (182-219 meters).
Generally, hybrid clubs cover more distance than their iron counterparts. This improved shot distance is a result of optimum ball flight and a lower level of difficulty.
What is the Length of a 19 Degree Hybrid Club?
I assume you’re not asking about how far this hybrid will hit the ball (I covered that above), but rather, what shaft length to expect from this golf club.
It is important to note that manufacturers vary the length of their clubs to accommodate the height differences between men and women. Golf clubs designed for women tend to be a bit shorter.
The standard length of a 19-degree steel shaft hybrid that’s targeted toward men is 38.5 inches, while a graphite hybrid is 39 inches.
On the other hand, a 19-degree steel shaft hybrid that’s targeted toward women is 37.7 inches, while the graphite is 38 inches.
Keep in mind that if these measurements don’t suit you, you can always get fitted for clubs and have one custom-made to match your height.
What Club Does the 19 Degree Hybrid Replace?
That’s a tricky question because I can’t see your golf game or swing type in person. Theoretically, a 19-degree hybrid replaces a 4 iron or 3 wood. However, some players would say the 19 degree hybrid is equivalent to a 2 iron club or a 5 wood.
Regardless, this club serves a similar purpose to the long irons in your golf bag (2-4) or your woods (3,5).
If you want to figure out where this club fits in your golf game, I would head to the driving range and test your golf shot using this hybrid and some of it’s equivalents.
After hitting with each club, you’ll see how the hybrid compares in terms of trajectory, accuracy, and distance.
How Do You Hit a 19 Degree Hybrid?
You should hit your 19 degree hybrid the same way you would hit a long iron. If you’re a right-handed golfer, line up slightly left of center and take your normal iron swing.
You may be tempted to swing hard.
Focus on making good contact with the ball and let this awesome club do the rest of the work for you.
Should I Use a 19 or 21 Degree Hybrid?
There isn’t a definitive answer here, as it depends on your personal preferences and your situation.
Some approach shots may require less distance, and if that’s the case, you may want to 21 degree hybrid, which typically covers less yards.
If you are setting up for a tee shot or need to cover longer distances, a 19-degree hybrid would be a better fit.
Is a 19 Degree Hybrid a 3 Hybrid?
That depends. A 3 hybrid typically has a loft of 18.5-20 degrees, so in some circumstances, they may be the same thing.
Check out the manufacturer specs to determine the exact angle of the clubface.
Can You Hit a 19 Degree Hybrid Off the Tee?
Yes, you can hit a 19 degree hybrid off the tee, in the same way that you can hit a fairway wood off the tee. The decision is yours, and if you find that you hit this club well, go for it!
What are the Best 19 Degree Hybrid Clubs?
Not all 19 degree hybrids are created equal, but many brands currently offer some variation of this helpful club.
Whether you’re a golfer on a budget, or a player who demands the very best, here are some great 19 degree hybrids you can choose from.
TaylorMade Stealth 2 Rescue
Let’s face it, most of us find ourselves in golf situations where we need to be rescued.
That’s where this 19 degree hybrid from TaylorMade comes into play. This club is my favorite option on the list, but it’s also the most expensive.
In the words of TaylorMade, the Stealth Rescue is “like a cheat code.”
Wilson Golf D9 Hybrid
Wilson is an underrated golf brand, and the D9 Hybrid is a great way for you to add a 19 degree hybrid to your golf bag without breaking the bank.
At the time of posting, this club was on sale for just $99.
Callaway Rogue ST MAX OS Hybrid
No solid list would be complete without a Callaway option, and the Rogue ST MAX OS hits all the marks.
I like this particular hybrid (over Callaway’s standard Rogue option) because of the overside head shape. This is great for pushing through tougher turf situations (which I occasionally find myself in).
Obviously, there are other companies that make a 19 degree hybrid…I just highlighted three of the options currently on the market.
You should do your research and make the best decision for your game and budget.
For most golfers, especially high to mid-handicappers, this hybrid has the potential to save you several strokes per round.
If you have thoughts or a club review to share, please post in comments below.