Hybrid Basics

Learn how to hit your utility club

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Hybrids are longer than irons, but, generally, they’re shorter than your fairway woods. That means the plane of your hybrid swing also should be somewhere in between your irons and woods. By how much you ask? Again, not much. In fact, if you follow my advice in the setup, being farther away from the ball will make your swing a little flatter naturally. So don’t force a swing plane to happen. If you swing the club like an iron and move the ball forward and away from your body, the slightly flatter plane will take care of itself.


Just as you would with a long iron, hitting a hybrid effectively means hitting down onto the golf ball, and making a full extension through the hit. In case you were also wondering, it’s perfectly acceptable (in fact, it’s encouraged) to make a divot with your hybrid shots. Follow these steps—hit your hybrids like a long iron, and you’ll be on your way to making the most out of them.

Frank O’Connell, PGA, teaches at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club near Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information, visit wekopa.com.


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