How To Hit A Hybrid Golf Club
Hybrid golf clubs are fantastic if you struggle with long irons, so if you’re a golfer who your four iron is the cleanest club in your bag and your three iron’s under your bed ready to protect you from burglars, it’s worth looking at getting a hybrid because these clubs are so easy to hit. The performance is normally generally pretty good as well. They produce really high ball flights because their center of gravity’s much further to the back. It’s so much easier to hit.
But it’s how to hit them is the important bit. There’s always been this discussion about do we hit it more like an iron, or can it the hit more like a wood? And that discussion is still ongoing. I would say this is quite a different question, I’d say different people suit hitting it in different ways. I wouldn’t say there’s one absolutely correct answer to that question. I would say some golfers prefer to hit it like they’re hitting a three wood, so they’re almost sweeping it off the surface. They’re not taking a great deal of contact. That’s the way I would normally hit it.
I would generally have, for hitting it more like a fairway wood, the ball position just to the left of my sternum, so just in the inside of my left foot, but more just to the left of my sternum. I would keep my sternum just slightly behind the golf ball then, from behind, and I would look at trying to keep that relationship between the middle of my body is just behind the golf ball. So I would be aiming for the middle of the body just to be behind the golf ball, even during the golf swing. I’m not going to be moving too far to the right, I’m not going to be moving too far to the left. I’m staying central, but the middle of my body is actually placed just behind the golf ball.
That’s going to produce a slight upward hit on the golf ball, so that’s going to be perfect for hitting a hybrid, so it will elevate the golf ball and hit that really nice height. So, the ball’s just in front of my sternum, but my sternum is just behind the head and I’m going to try and keep it there. That way when I hit, it’s going to sweep off the surface and it’s going to hit a nice golf shot that’s going to produce lots and lots of height. The other way of playing it, certainly one if it’s quite a lofted hybrid, is to play it more like a three iron or a four iron. Now, this way, I would now change my setup ever so slightly. I don’t personally hit it this way, but I know it can be very successful hitting it this way.
Generally, if there’s enough left on the golf club, a slightly downward hit can produce a fantastic golf shot. And this is why when you’re hitting a seven iron or a nine iron a downward hit is encouraged because there are lots of lofts and it will get the ball up in the air. This time, I’m going to set up still with the ball in relation to my feet slightly forward, but I’m going to keep my sternum more over the top of the golf ball this time, so now I’m not behind it, I’m more on the top.
Now, this is going to produce a slightly more downward hit, and I don’t mind seeing a bit of a divot being taken with a hybrid. A very small, shallow divot often produces nice golf shots. Certainly, if you’re a golfer who struggles to hit a three wood anyway, this method might suit you better. So you’re hitting it more like a five iron or a six-iron, rather than hitting it like a three wood. So keep your sternum a bit more over the top of the golf ball this time, swing and hold it in that position, but because the ball position is far enough forward in relation to your feet, you’re not going to hit down massively. You’re going to hit down a tiny bit.
So this time, the sternum is more over the top of the golf ball. I’m going to keep it there, and this is probably going to produce a slightly more downward hit, and I would expect off the grass a very small divot. Now, that time I felt the bottom of the golf club actually touching the ground more, and it still produced a fantastic shot. I would say it came out a fraction lower, but the connection was still pretty awesome.
There are two different styles to hit a golf shot, to hit a hybrid there. I want to evaluate your game. If you’re a golfer who can hit a three-wood fairly well, so you’re confident with fairway woods, certainly off the floor, use the first method that I talked about. Ball slightly forward, sternum slightly back, and sweep the golf ball. If you’re a golfer who, let’s say struggles with a three wood but prefers hitting a six iron and a seven iron, play your hybrid more in that way. That time, the sternum was more over the top of the golf ball, you’re going to keep it there during the golf swing and attack it with a slightly downward hit, and that’s also still going to produce a very good golf shot.
The only time that style might not work brilliantly is when the loft gets reduced. If you’ve got a 14 or a 15-degree hybrid, that style of golf shot might not work perfectly. There’s no right way to hit a hybrid. There are two different ways to hit a hybrid. If you try one, give one a go first for a long time, give it a little bit of a go first. Don’t just hit one shot and say, “That didn’t work, I’m going to try the other method.” Give one a go first and see how it gets on. If you weren’t quite as successful with that method, you might have evaluated your golf swing potentially wrong, try the other method and see if that works for you a little bit better.