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How to Hit Hybrid 4 & 3 Golf Clubs

by
author image Jeff Rogers
Jeff Rogers has edited and written since 1987 for the Associated Press, United Press International and six newspapers including "The Dallas Morning News," "The Washington Times" and "Dallas Times Herald." A Charlotte native who holds a bachelor's degree in journalism (news-editorial) from the University of South Carolina, Rogers has also worked as a technology analyst, sales executive and professional golf caddy.
How to Hit Hybrid 4 & 3 Golf Clubs
A woman swings a golf club on an outdoor golf course. Photo Credit Otmar Winterleitner/iStock/Getty Images

Golfers have quickly taken to hybrid clubs, with half of all players carrying at least one, according to "Golf Digest." The clubs -- which feature a sole about half as large as a fairway wood and twice as large as an iron -- are easier to hit longer and farther than the equivalent irons. Instructors say the proper way to hit these clubs is much the same way you already hit irons or fairway woods.

Step 1

Swing fully, just as you do with any club. Keep your arms from racing ahead in the swing, says Hank Haney, Tiger Woods' former swing coach. Complete the swing with a balanced finish on the left leg for right-handed golfers.

Step 2

Hit the hybrid down and through, just like an iron, if the ball is sitting down a bit in the grass. Hit the ball first, then take a divot after, says top Canadian teacher Shawn Clement.

Step 3

Swing the hybrid as you would a fairway wood when you have a good lie in which the ball is sitting up on the grass. If you're a right-handed golfer, tilt your spine slightly to the right to help you swing on the correct path and plane. Use the sole of the club to skip off the turf as it hits the ball, which will make the ball fly higher.

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