Y.E. Yang’s majestic approach shot to the final hole at Hazeltine last Sunday to win the PGA Championship, has now firmly set hybrid golf clubs into golf bags around the world. The shot has been reported many times, each time using the words “3-iron hybrid” or words to that effect. The details are mentioned over and over not just for its brilliance and Yang’s courage but for its role in the great Tiger cull of 2009.
I wonder how many non-golfers are wondering just what a “3-iron hybrid” is – an electric powered shot perhaps? I wonder how many golfers who had previously expressed a dislike for the new style of clubs are now reconsidering? I wonder if Tiger himself is asking Steve Williams if he minds carrying one more club?
I’ve come across many weekend golfers of varying skill levels that refuse to put a hybrid golf club in the bag because its not right – “….and anyway, Tiger doesn’t even use one”.
It’s a debate that echoes the one about putting from off the green. It’s refused on grounds varying from “not wanting to give-in to bad chipping” to “it’s not right – the putter’s for the putting green”. The fact remains, you need to get the ball in the hole in as few shots as possible. Many golfers cut off their nose to spite their face.
Herein lies the beauty of the hybrid which many golfers already know. It’s easier to hit than a 3-iron and can be used from a multitude of lies and situations. Like any new club it takes a little bit of getting used to but thanks to Yang Yong-Eun’s history making shot, it can hold it’s hybrid head high with a new nickname – “A Tiger Beater”.