Our team saw the numerous television ads during last week’s NCAA Golf Championships won by the Oklahoma Sooners. We’re sure you saw them, too. The craze was ViewiRT5hybrid.com.
You could learn more about a hybrid that will change the way you hit hybrids, forever.
The objective was to visit ViewiRT5hybrid.com and see what all the noise was about with this new hybrid, destined to change the way hybrids were played.
So I went to the website, and here’s what I learned.
“I believe this is simply the best hybrid for recreational and amateur golfers, period.”
—Arron Oberholser, Golf Channel personality and former PGA Tour player
Watch the 15-minute long informational video with testimonials (www.viewiRT5hybrid.com):
So, What’s the Deal?
The iRT-5 Hybrid is brought to you by the same people who brought you the xE1 wedge. Arron Oberholser presents the hybrid the aims to change your golf game.
The club itself is a 24-degree hybrid with an orange and black color scheme with rails along the bottom. There are no gimmicks.
Here at USGolfTV, we’re familiar with golf clubs that have rails. We’ve partnered with PNP Golf and the Rake wedges for years now. They have a line of wedges with rakes along the sole to help golfers find success from all lies.
Take it from Todd Kolb, our Director of Instruction, who said the following about rail designs with this wedge.
“What that allows the club to do, is as the club enters thick grass or bunker, it allows the face to stay nice and square, which is a key component to hitting great golf shots.”
—Todd Kolb, Director of Instruction USGolfTV
So we know rail technology has merit. But haven’t I seen this technology before? Wait, yes I have!
Back in the early 2000s, I had a few friends who used this fairway metal from LaJolla called the “Knife.” Look familiar? I thought so too. La Jolla marketed this club similarly (aside from the onslaught of Golf Channel commercials), as a club to perform from a variety of lies.
This rail technology has been used successfully before, and it’s still around. Must mean there’s staying power to the design!
It’s one area where I would disagree with Mr. Oberholser’s claim of “never before seen machete rails system.”
But I digress…
The iRT-5 Hybrid
The club is designed with amateur golfers (and not professionals) in mind. No major manufacturers were involved in the marketing tactics or design features.
After doing research, viewing the commercials, and diving a little deeper into this golf club, I’ve discovered three key points to this golf club that will help amateurs.
1. The hybrid is designed to work out of various lies.
The rail design is a concept that has merit, absolutely. I’m not going to argue it doesn’t. The rail technology reduces the contact that the sole of the club (the bottom) has with the turf. It keeps the club from digging.
This means more success from those various treacherous lies.
Out of the rough, the fairway, the bunker, divots, and off the tee, golfers are seeing added performance with the iRT-5 hybrid.
With this reduced drag through impact, you’ll also see a slight uptick in club head speed.
2. The face will be more square at impact.
There are two reasons the club will be more square at impact with the iRT-5 hybrid.
- Heavier club head
- Design features on the rails
The hybrid was made heavier to give golfers a more stable feel through impact. With a lighter club, golfers would be able to increase swing speed and perhaps add distance on solid strikes, but they would loose stability and consistency.
With this club, stability and consistency were much more important.
Also, with the design features, the weight and shape of the rails allow the club to square up at impact. See the image below:
3. Allows golfers to swing with simple setup.
Armed with a low center of gravity, 24 degrees of loft, and unique design, golfers are allowed to swing their swing.
Most amateur golfers swing the club over the top and struggle with a slice. But by giving golfers a shorter shaft (with the iRT-5)
What the group at iRT-5 hybrid has done here is embrace the iron swing. This is just like the GX-7 metal, also a Golf Channel product.
Golfers are encouraged to swing at the ball as they would an iron and see improved performance from the club. Keeping the swing simple and the concepts basic will help amateur golfers.
We’re going to try to get our hands on one. And when we do, we’ll be back with a review and an assessment, first-hand.
COMMENT below, what questions do you have?