Many people assume that the game's best players are so good that they can hit any club well, even a 2-iron. But just because they can doesn't mean they choose to.
Adam Scott, one of the game's best ballstrikers, recently replaced his 2-iron with a Titleist 909H hybrid. "It's just so easy," he told me recently. "I just feel that getting this hybrid into a par 5 is like chalk and cheese compared to a 2-iron."
Other big hitting pros like Anthony Kim, Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk have yanked a long iron and started carrying a hybrid instead.
The pros who still favor long irons instead of hybrids tend to be those who spin the ball a lot, but even they make some concessions. For example, Geoff Ogilvy's 2-iron is a cavity-back King Cobra Pro CB Forged, even though his 3-9 irons are muscle-back King Cobra Pro MB.
Phil Mickelson, who earned his second victory of the year at the WGC-CA Championship, is another high-spin player, and he has yet to add a hybrid to his bag. Lefty goes with Callaway X Forged 3- and 4-irons, which have a small amount of perimeter weighting, while preferring the blade style Callaway X Proto irons for his 5-9.
Here is a complete list of the clubs Phil had in his bag at Doral. Driver: Callaway FT-9 (7.5°) Tour hoselFairway woods: Callaway Big Bertha Diablo (15°)Irons: Callaway X Forged (3-4), Callaway X Proto (5-9)Wedges: Callaway X Tour Forged (52°, 56°, 60°, 64°)Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG #9 BladeBall: Callaway Tour ix Take a look inside more PGA Tour winners' bags. (Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)