Golf Tips : Hitting With a Hybrid

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In golf, a hybrid club looks more like a wood than an iron, and as a result, a golfer shouldn't play the ball as forward as they think. Learn about the sweeping motion of a hybrid golf shot with tips from a golf instructor in this free video on hybrid golf clubs.

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Hello, my name is Conan Elliott, and I'm Director of Instruction for Teacher of Champions Golf Schools here at Camas Meadows Golf Club in Camas, Washington. Today, we're going to talk about how to hit a hybrid. Well, hybrid clubs are really confusing to a lot of people when they first get them. They look more like a wood then they do an iron, and the reason for that is it's easier to hit than the iron. What they've done is they've replaced the long irons, the four irons, the five irons, the four irons, five irons, three irons, two irons, one irons. Clubs that are very, very, very difficult for the average player to hit, they've come out with a hybrid which has more the same loft, 21, 24, 23, 19, the same kind of loft as the iron, but a much different shape to the head with a more wide rounded sole to it, makes it much much easier to hit, but as soon as people put those in their hands, their tendency is to line the ball up toward the front foot a lot like they do a fairway wood, and then they have difficulty with that. So, you don't want to play the ball as far forward with a hybrid as it seems like you should. You don't want to play it like you do a pitching wedge, but I'd split the difference between your fairway wood and, say, your eight iron. That would be an awfully good spot. Second of all, it's more of a sweeping motion and not trying to lift the ball in the air, not as much of a hit down motion as an iron would be. A little bit more of a sweeping motion letting the bottom of the club work through the grass and the ground the way it's designed, instead of the edge. So, the two big things with hybrids is don't play it as far forward and a little bit more of a sweeping motion. After that, they should be very easy to hit. This is Conan Elliott, and that's how to hit a hybrid.

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