Hybrid clubs have the performance of irons and the look and feel of fairway woods. The versatility of hybrids can save you money on your golf equipment and reduce the number of golf clubs you need to carry. Compared to a traditional iron, the club head of a hybrid is heavier, which makes it slide along the bunker rather than dig into the sand. However, there are still many golfers who do not know how to make the most of their hybrids.
When striking a chip shot from the border of the green, consider your hybrid as a putter. Apply a putting grip, and then shorten your swing follow through and backswing. If you need more control and stability on the shot, choke down on the grip and slide your hands toward the club head.
Slow and Steady Swing
Do not try to hit the ball too hard. Although hybrids do not seem as powerful as woods, a slow and steady swing can cause the same long shot. Because of their lighter club head, hybrid clubs do not need a hard swing for the best result, which means “smooth and steady” will work to your advantage. If at all, hitting harder using a hybrid will probably lead to a slice or hook.
When hitting a ball from a good place in the fairway, adjust your posture so that the ball is a little nearer to your front foot than usual. Hybrids normally hit the bottom of the swing slightly later than irons, which is the reason why you need to place the ball forward. However, if you are in a bunker or deep rough, put the ball about one or two inches back in your stance so it would be easier to strike the ball before the hybrid reaches the ground. Normally, hybrid clubs have shorter shafts than conventional clubs. So, if you are having difficulty adjusting to your new hybrid club, you need to move closer to the golf ball.
Tees Are Okay
Some people sometimes think that hybrids are not suitable to play off a tee, but this is not true. It is completely okay to use hybrids off the tee on a short par-4 or long par-3. A hybrid club tends to create a higher trajectory and loft angle, which means a powerful shot can softly land on the green with a slight roll, making way for a possible eagle or birdie putt.
Try Different Things on the Practice Range
Since hybrid clubs have a lot of uses, it may take more time for a golfer to practice in order to become comfortable using these clubs. Try different ball positions first to look for the easiest spot for you to hit the ball with the best spot of the club face. Adjust your hands lower on the grip of the club and hit some more shots to do better on short chips and approaches.
Keep a High Backswing in Tough Spots
To quickly lift the club head to waist level, use your wrists so you could drive down into the golf ball at contact and hit it out of a difficult spot. Move your arms, wrists, and hands together as one during the backswing to maintain the hybrid in line. The wrists must remain locked until you pull the hybrid back about eight inches. The moment the hybrid is pulled back 12 inches, the shaft must be parallel to the terrain.
You can also use hybrid clubs on chip shots and in the rough. On chip shots, if you choke up the hybrid and let its natural loft angle take charge, you will have more accuracy in your ball placement.
By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll eventually master using your hybrids – and soon, you’ll have a much better time playing golf.