swing shorter and hit down
For average players, the hybrid is still new enough to raise a basic question: Do you hit it like an iron or a wood? I’d put it more in the iron category because you should hit down on the ball rather than sweep it. But because the hybrid I carry is a 3-hybrid and on the outer range of length, the swing is less down than it would be with a shorter hybrid.
My stance is about the same width as with the 3-wood shot, but my ball position is slightly further back to promote that downward hit (1). I also stand a bit closer to the ball, which makes the swing a little steeper. But I still want the same stable base with my feet and legs, especially when I’m in a bunker, as you see here. And I still want to direct the swing more with my shoulders and core than with my arms.
Because the hybrid swing is steeper, it’s also a little shorter at the top (2). The most important thing here is to avoid trying to overpower the shot. I never swing at more than 80 percent. Swinging the hybrid harder doesn’t seem to produce longer shots for me. So I make my normal swing, remembering to stand tall at address and maintain my posture all the way through.
Finally, I accelerate smoothly through the strike, taking just a small divot – or in this case, a little puff of sand (3). One final reminder: Always hit the ball first. The divot comes after.
When to pick this club:
You’re playing from rough, sand or an uneven lie. You have to carry a hazard. You’re playing downwind. You need to land it softly. You’re having an off day. Hybrids are more forgiving.