Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Never Lay Up!
Make Solid Contact With Your Hybrids And Fairway Woods
Labels: Hybrid Play, Wood Play, Instruction, Equipment, Woods, Iron Woods, Fairway Woods, Full Swing
This Article Features Photo Zoom
SWING THE CLUB ON ITS ANGLE
HERE I'M ADDRESSING the ball and making a swing with two different clubs, an 8-iron and a hybrid. With the 8-iron, I stand closer to the ball because the club is shorter. As a result, my swing plane is more upright. (Notice how, in my backswing, the club bisects my right shoulder.)
With the hybrid, which measures roughly four inches longer than the 8-iron, I stand farther away from the ball and swing on a flatter plane. (This time, note how the club bisects my bicep and is more parallel to the ground.)
The different angles of the club change the type of impact I create. With a steeper or more upright attack like the 8-iron, I hit down on the ball, take a divot and launch the ball in the air. With the hybrid, while I still hit down on the ball, the flatter, shallower plane produces a swing that goes around more than it goes up and down. I take little if any divot and produce a more penetrating ballflight.
The key takeaway from this lesson is to allow your swing to naturally use the angle that the club has when you first set up to the ball. When the sole lies flat on the ground, you’ll be able to accurately know what angle.
HERE’S AN UNUSUAL PHOTO: three balls in three different lies with three different clubs. What am I getting after? Well, I want to show you that you have options in the rough depending on what kind of lie you have.
The “regular lie” gives you a great opportunity to hit a variety of shots including hybrid and fairway woods. If it’s too far down, don’t mess with the metals—take an iron and escape! Point being, the hybrid is best used on a "typical" lie.
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