Hybrid Play Essentials: A Few Notes on the Set Up
All you need to about the new invention in golf clubs
A new trend in golf is the use of hybrids. They arrived in the fields just 5-7 years ago. Hybrids are a combination of wooden head and an iron shaft. Traditional long irons were difficult to use. To give an idea of difficulty, Lee Trevino once said, "If you are ever caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron, not even God can hit a 1-iron."
The aim of using a hybrid is to give the golfers an easy-to-use option, better than the long irons. They have been very popular with golfers since their inception. The 5 woods or the 7 woods have been replaced by #2 and #3 hybrids. Most hybrids correspond to the irons with the same numbers. The best mark of distance in hybrids is the loft when you look at it. Since the loft is equal in hybrids as in irons, hybrids give a better performance in terms of forgiveness and distance.
There is no harm in taking advantage of a new technology, though you must know how to use it. Here are a few tips on the usage of hybrids:
- You can carry 2-3 hybrids and a 5-iron to the golf range. Hybrids are much easier to hit than an iron. They can fly higher with a softer landing, which is important on approach shots.
- Hybrids are adjustable and versatile in. They can be used to play bad lies and chipping as well. The secret of hitting a hybrid lies in swinging it as you do it with iron. It should not be hit like a fairway wood.
- They are just a little longer than irons; thus, setting up the ball becomes easy. To hit a standard shot, open a stance and position the ball in the middle. Exert weight in the center. As you move back the club and swing, make it a point to descend the blow when you hit the ball. Finish the shot with your weight on the left leg.
- The hold-off fade shot is an important thing to know when the direction of the flow of wind is from your right to left. The setup resembles the standard swing, where the ball and the weight of the body are at the center, but you have to open your stance a little more. Avoid turning you right arm over your left arm, and try to hold the face open. In the end, your chest will be high but the hands would be off your left side. The club would still not be released.
Regular practice and consistent adaptation with the hybrids will make you adapt this new technological invention.