This spring I continued my overhaul of what’s in my bag. Last year I changed out my iron set, moving from first generation Taylormade Burners, to a set of RSi2 irons. I have already talked about my change out of a Callaway 4 wood for a Taylormade SLDR 3 wood. So it is logical that the next club due for a change out was my Taylormade RBZ 3 hybrid. The reason I was looking to replace the club was to have my hybrid more closely match the flight tendencies of my irons. The RSi2 irons are not game improvement irons like my old Burners, so they have less offset at the hozel, and therefore have more of a fade to neutral bias, instead of a draw bias. For me it means that I can get my right hand more involved in the shot without having to worry about over drawing it. And then there was my RBZ hybrid. As I got more confident in my irons, my trusty hybrid became a hook monster, and like most guys my age, I much prefer to hit a hybrid from the rough than a 4 or 5 iron.
I went back to the company that introduced me to “real” golf clubs, Adams. I picked up a 20 degree 9031 Proto-Hybrid on the Adams website for a ridiculously low price of $69US.
What I really like about this hybrid, is that it has a small head, a face that looks and addresses the ball like a long iron, and a fantastic shaft and grip. Best of all with this club I have to basically produce the same shot as I would with my RSi2 4 iron off the tee. Since there is little to no offset, I can get my right hand into the shot without fear of a massive hook. Oh yah, and it goes a long way too. The 9031 is very long and more forgiving than it looks. Center strikes produce mid height bullets that still land pretty soft, but there is still just a little runout with these for me. I have hit several shots over 200 yards with this club already, and while that is about the same distance as my old RBZ, the lower trajectory, and less draw bias, has made me a lot more accurate with the Adams.
If you can still get one of these and you are a better player, it is a great club at an unbelievable price, heck the Aldila shaft alone is worth more than $69. 😉
The only downside I have seen so far is I give up some of that forgiveness out of the really deep stuff, but hopefully this club will keep me out of that to begin with.