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should you swing your hybrid as you would an iron?

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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?

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I hit my hybrids as I hit my irons since they are an iron-replacment club.  I get better ball flight, distance, and consistency with my hybrids if I take a divot with them just as with my irons.

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Yes the ball is on the ground so some decent is good.  Weight is still forward and lead wrist is flat at impact.

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The day I read on this forum, a couple years ago I suppose, that hybrids should be hit with a slight downstroke just like irons was the day that I started hitting them well. My play on par 5's and long par 3's was instantly improved. Place the ball in your stance as you would the equivalent iron.

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If this question is in reference as to whether or not you should think about taking/intentionally not taking a divot... I will say I routinely take divots with my woods, so don't be afraid to with a hybrid.

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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.)

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Originally Posted by moonducks

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?

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.

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