Hitting Your Hybrid Golf Club Better
Since their introduction, hybrids have been a constant part of every golfer’s bag. They represent a major break-through in club designs, and the fact that they are called rescue clubs says a lot.
So, if you see yourself as part of this group of golfers, or if you are a beginner who is all question marks about ”when,” ”how,” and ”why”, continue reading our article as you’ll find out how to hit hybrids and the probable cause of your failure.
What is the purpose of a Hybrid?
If you take a better look at their design, you’ll notice that hybrids are visually similar to woods, but have the long irons’ mechanics. The dreadful, long irons!
Let’s be honest, is there anyone who’s going to boldly claim the ability to hit a 3 or 4 iron successfully? Definitely not me! But even if you do, hybrids can do more good, particularly if you have to hit any tight lies.
Since their role is to provide an alternative to difficult-to-hit long irons, they are expected to perform much more straightforward. And, they certainly do! Many novice golfers have seen tremendous results after switching to hybrids.
This is no surprise as the larger club head, the extra loft, and the shorter shaft make swings easier to perform. Plus, you can easily hit off the deck, in the rough, and some hit off the tee. If you are struggling to get the ball out of a tough lie, like under a tree, then hybrids will help you much more than the corresponding long irons.
How to Hit Hybrids?
Hybrids are not a magic wand to make everything go smoothly, so you need to do your share. Everyone says they are easy to hit, but that doesn’t mean that the ball will fly away with supernatural powers. And, some golfers do struggle with hybrids too.
The first thing you need to do is to start treating them like hybrids. They are neither woods nor irons, so if you’ve been playing them like either, the chances are that you are not using them to their full advantage. Perhaps the most common mistake is to treat them like fairway woods swinging with a sweeping motion, which leads to fat or thin contact.
Step by Step Guide To Hitting A Hybrid Golf Club Straight
The first thing you need to do is to correct your setup. Ideally, your stance needs to be a bit wider than the width of your shoulders. Basically, you need to follow the general rule, the longer the hybrid, the wider the stance, about an inch away from the ball. This way, you’ll be able to make a full-blown swing.
When you swing the hybrid, treat it as if it were an iron. The impact needs to be down on the ball so that you can take a divot in front of the ball without scooping it. Of course, most of it will depend on which hybrid you’re using, but make sure you keep your weight centered and play the ball in the middle of your stance, just a bit behind where you’d usually hit a 3 or 4 iron. Then, prepare to hit the hybrid with a shoulder turn to get enough speed needed to accelerate through the ball.
Since hybrids are exceptionally versatile, we’ll take a closer look at how to hit them from different lies.
How To Hit a Hybrid Off the Fairway
The reason most tour players carry at least one hybrid (yes they do, and it is about 90% of them) is that they are so much easier and consistent to use so that it often leaves no doubt whether to use a 5-iron or a hybrid. The hybrid wins in most cases!
What you need to do here is to make sure that the ball is not too forward at setup. Then, swing the ball as you’d typically swing a 5-iron by hitting the ball down and through.
How to Hit a Hybrid Off the Tee
Many golfers, not only amateurs but low handicappers too, are dreaded by the thought even to use the 3- or 4-iron when it comes to tight fairways. In this case, hitting the ball very low is the crucial thing.
If you try to hit the ball high, you might dig it up, which will lead to a complete failure to get the ball up and away. A steep angle of attack is something you should avoid since it leads to bending the arms too high, which will result in collapsing and topping the hybrid.
Hitting a Hybrid Out of the Rough
In this situation, their nickname ”rescue” clubs, is fully justified. It is much easier to hit out of the rough with a hybrid, even if you have to take the ball out of a thick lie. If you are hitting the hybrid from a deep lie, make sure that you close the club face and at impact and then pull the ball left.
In this case, you have to open the club face so that you hit it square since the rough will impact the club face, and it will close it once you hit the ball. The steep impact is not recommended when you hit it off the ground, but in this case, you need to take the hybrid steeper to hit down and through. And finally, make sure that you apply more pressure when you grip the club than you’d typically do.
Replacing your long irons with hybrids is an excellent way to bring back your confidence in the game. They are easier to hit, have a larger sweet spot, and help you save some strokes.
Remember, hybrids are not magical, so you need to work hard to learn how to hit them, lower your score, and even score birdies. Follow the steps as frequently as you can, and you’ll see improvement in your performance.