You’ve heard of Single Length Irons…
…but have you heard of single length hybrids?
If you’re a club builder, tinkerer, or whatever, you can make single length hybrids easily.
This isn’t going to be a long post, mind you, so let’s get right into it!
What You’ll Need:
- adjustable hybrid heads
- two of the same shafts
- grips; I’d hope they’d also be the same
Any of the adjustable-style hybrid heads will be good. I have these:
Keep in mind they have to be the SAME HEAD. That’s important.
Because they’ll be the same weight, within manufacturing tolerances.
The single length concept relies on the weight and lie angles to be the same.
If you have something like mine, that comes in different crown colors, go ahead and mix that stuff up, make it cool. But if you buy a 3h that comes in a loft range of 20 degrees to 23 degrees, the other one should be the same head, as well.
Everything else from here until it’s time to cut to length is the same:
- Abrade the shafts
- Epoxy them into the hosels
- Wait 24 hours
When it’s time to cut, obviously, you gotta cut them to the same length.
If you’re not fond of the typical 3 hybrid length, just cut them a half-inch shorter (or, whatever’s best for your swing). Re-swingweight them as necessary.
Now, the only other thing you have to do is set one head to the lowest loft, and the other to the highest.
This doesn’t make them single-length with the rest of the irons; the hybrids should be considered a separate entity.
If you want a “true” single length set of irons and hybrids, you’ll have to get an iron set with integrated hybrids. However, there are some that like single-length, but separate, styles of clubs. That means the fairway woods are single length, but different from the single length (but different) set of hybrids. The irons and wedges, as well.
There is one catch to this idea: if you need more than two hybrids in your set, you won’t be able to pull this off. The sad reality is, with only four degrees separating the highest and lowest loft settings on most hybrids, there’s just not enough “wiggle room” to make three single length hybrids that fly three discernable distances.
There’s the weight of the heads to consider, as well. The 3-4H will weigh less than the 4-5H. The whole point of Single Length clubs is that they’re the same length, lie angle, and weight. Trying to build a single-length set from two different heads just won’t create the same club.
Case in point, the hybrids I first tried to make. I wanted a wider range of lofts, so I bought the 3-4 and 4-5. I’d never played with SL hybrids before, and I should’ve known better… but I still figured “what could go wrong?”.
This is why you don’t build single length hybrids from two different heads!
I needed a LOT of lead tape to make the set feel the same. A lot… Looking back, I guess you could say it was a wasted effort; I choose to look at it this way: I’ll f*ck things up for me, so you don’t make those mistakes!
But, if you find you’re struggling with hybrids, it’s an experiment that might help you out!
What about it, dear reader? Have you ever tried something just a little off-the-wall in your equipment adventures?