Hybrid Golf Clubs Ball Position (Video) - by Peter Finch
Hybrid Golf Clubs Ball Position (Video) - by Peter Finch

Hybrids are where the biggest real variation in ball position can come from. That’s because the design of the club is basically, when you think about it, just a really fat iron. It’s designed to bridge the gap between your irons and your Fairway Woods, but it is not, it is not a Fairway Wood and it is not a driver. You need to approach a hybrid shot like it is an iron and you need to decide which iron it is by judging what the loft is.

Now I have a loft on this hybrid which is equivalent to my three iron, so I know that it is going to be further back in my stance than both the driver and the Fairway Wood. This is the type of club that you can treat like an iron, you can strike down like an iron and because of the club head design it will allow the ball to pop-up in a way and lift into the air without a massive amount of trouble. It is one of those clubs that a lot of people get themselves tied up in that because they think they should be hitting up on the shot a lot more than they are, and just to show you, I am going to hit this hybrid, I am going to hit a pretty much out the middle of my stance. Now that’s a little further back than I normally would do, just to demonstrate a little bit more about how useful these can be, in fact up a little bit further back. So I am just going to put it slightly further back than centre, take it a normal setup, and then I would normally swing at it and you can see that was a nice solid strike and I’ve taken a little bit of a dive up after the ball. Now that’s because my angle of attack was moving down through the point of impact and because it’s got a relatively low amount of loft, both the club head design moves the mass to the edges of the club, it was a lot easier to lift the ball up and out from the middle of my stance. So judge your hybrid ball position by what is happening with the loft, not what the club looks like.
2016-10-12

Hybrids are where the biggest real variation in ball position can come from. That’s because the design of the club is basically, when you think about it, just a really fat iron. It’s designed to bridge the gap between your irons and your Fairway Woods, but it is not, it is not a Fairway Wood and it is not a driver. You need to approach a hybrid shot like it is an iron and you need to decide which iron it is by judging what the loft is.

Now I have a loft on this hybrid which is equivalent to my three iron, so I know that it is going to be further back in my stance than both the driver and the Fairway Wood. This is the type of club that you can treat like an iron, you can strike down like an iron and because of the club head design it will allow the ball to pop-up in a way and lift into the air without a massive amount of trouble. It is one of those clubs that a lot of people get themselves tied up in that because they think they should be hitting up on the shot a lot more than they are, and just to show you, I am going to hit this hybrid, I am going to hit a pretty much out the middle of my stance.

Now that’s a little further back than I normally would do, just to demonstrate a little bit more about how useful these can be, in fact up a little bit further back. So I am just going to put it slightly further back than centre, take it a normal setup, and then I would normally swing at it and you can see that was a nice solid strike and I’ve taken a little bit of a dive up after the ball. Now that’s because my angle of attack was moving down through the point of impact and because it’s got a relatively low amount of loft, both the club head design moves the mass to the edges of the club, it was a lot easier to lift the ball up and out from the middle of my stance.

So judge your hybrid ball position by what is happening with the loft, not what the club looks like.