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    How to Hit a Hybrid Part 3

    Figuring out how to hit a hybrid golf club can be a little confusing at first, even though they are designed to be easy to hit. Most golfers have two different swings with slightly different fundamentals depending on whether they are hitting a wood or an iron. Since the hybrid club falls between those two options, it can be difficult to figure out which swing to use and how to adjust your technique properly to get the best possible performance out of the hybrid. Ideally, you want to make as few changes as possible to your current swing so that your hybrid club can quickly just become another option in the bag that you trust even under pressure.

    If you are unsure how to hit a hybrid golf club, it is best to start out by thinking of them like a long iron that is just easier to hit. You want to try to make the same swing you would make when hitting a long iron – of course, with better results. Some of the fundamentals to pay attention to when making this kind of swing include –

  • Solid balance. Good balance is important for any golf swing that you make, but it is especially important when hitting hybrids or long irons. Because of the length of the club, hybrids are harder to make solid contact with than your short irons will be – therefore, balance is especially important to help you impact the ball perfectly at the bottom of your swing. Pay attention to your backswing and make sure your weight isn’t drifting away from the target. If it is, you will have to slide back forward during your downswing, meaning you will lose power and ball striking consistency.
  • Make an upright swing. The primary difference between the swing you make with your woods and the swing you use with your irons is the swing plane that is used. Woods tend to be swung on a flatter plane than irons, because of the way the clubs are designed. When swinging your new hybrid club, try swinging it on that same upright plane that you would use with your irons. That way, you will be able to get the club down into the grass to deal with a variety of different lies, and you should also enjoy more accuracy.
  • Move the ball up slightly in your stance. The only thing that you want to do differently from your iron swing is moving the ball up in your stance so you can make ‘flatter’ contact and produce a quality ball flight. As compared to your iron swing, try moving the ball up in your stance between two to three inches in order to create an ideal impact position. That amount of change might not sound like much, but it is important when it comes to the ball flight that you end up with.
  • One of the great things about hybrid clubs is that they take relatively little adjustment once you hit a few practice balls and start to get the feel for it. If you have done your homework and purchased a hybrid club that works for your swing, it shouldn’t take more than a few rounds of golf to get comfortable and confident using your hybrid clubs in a variety of situations around the course.