i recently purchased a new iron set with 3 and 4 hybrids,
and although i dont really have a hard time swinging long irons, decided to get the hybrids.
should my swing for the hybrids be identical to how i would swing an iron?
More than just hybrids. Try it on FWs if the "sweep" swing isn't working. I was having major consistency problems with FWs last fall and early this year, and decided to try a different model as a cure.
The golf shop fitting rep was a former local course pro, and he had me put my hands more forward and ball back a little, and hit down on the ball. Started hitting the ball much better.
I bought a new 3W while in the shop, but I decided tried his set-up changes on my current woods. Started hitting ball much better - shots have a tail sometimes, but at least the tail shots end up near where I was aiming.
By hitting down, I don't mean pound it like a PW... just a smooth downward clip into the ball.
(I've never hit the new 3W outdoors, so I'll probably return it for store credit.)
Yes, take a divot. You can hit 3-woods by taking a divot as well. I Unless its teed up on a par 4, were you might want to hit with a bit of an upswing, i would say hit with a descending blow. Even if its a shallow one, very small divot. I like it because it gives a bit more error in hitting the ball first.