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    Hitting a Hybrid

    So, I took the plunge an ordered a Steelhead 4 Hybrid from CPO. This is probably the forth or fifth hybrid I have tried through the past few years and I always give up on them. I have had a bit more success lately with my Tour Edge HL 5 iron wood so I decided to give a 4 hybrid a chance...again.

    Part of my struggle is finding a ball position that works for me and quite frankly the tips I have read are contradictory. Some say to play it more towards the middle of the stance like a 7 iron while others have said play them more towards the front of the lead foot, but not quite as much as a fairway wood. I really want to learn to hit one with at least a modicum of success.

    So I am curious as to where you guys position the ball in your stance when hitting hybrids as well as any other tips y'all can give this me.



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    I put mine about the same spot I would a 5i: ball, maybe ball and a half forward of center. I don't think about hitting down on it or sweeping it, I just hit it.
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    I put them the same spot as the equivalent iron, if that makes sense.
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    I am probably not the best to be giving advice on this subject as I have found consistent success with exactly one hybrid (the OG Apex 4 hybrid), but I play it like Wardy does. Almost never take a divot with it. Of course, I am not a big divot taker with irons either. Put it a little forward of center and just hit it.
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    Towards the front foot, unless you're trying to punch it low under trees or such then it would be towards middle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MWard View Post
    I put mine about the same spot I would a 5i: ball, maybe ball and a half forward of center. I don't think about hitting down on it or sweeping it, I just hit it.
    Sames. Just hit from slightly forward in the stance. But don’t try to sweep it. That leads to a big ole hook. Just hit it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GraniteRoost View Post
    I put them the same spot as the equivalent iron, if that makes sense.
    I go about a ball forward of where Id play the corresponding iron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just_Hacking View Post
    So, I took the plunge an ordered a Steelhead 4 Hybrid from CPO. This is probably the forth or fifth hybrid I have tried through the past few years and I always give up on them. I have had a bit more success lately with my Tour Edge HL 5 iron wood so I decided to give a 4 hybrid a chance...again.

    Part of my struggle is finding a ball position that works for me and quite frankly the tips I have read are contradictory. Some say to play it more towards the middle of the stance like a 7 iron while others have said play them more towards the front of the lead foot, but not quite as much as a fairway wood. I really want to learn to hit one with at least a modicum of success.

    So I am curious as to where you guys position the ball in your stance when hitting hybrids as well as any other tips y'all can give this me.



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    I say play it like an iron. It's just a more forgiving iron for people who have difficulty hitting long irons. That's all it is. Just a little forward of center and go for it.

    Take some relaxed swings back and forth with it and get to feel the club head. Get used to where the club head is. Then let it rip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dazeedmonds View Post
    I go about a ball forward of where I’d play the corresponding iron.
    I can support this. Off the deck I keep it back in equivalent position as stated, to keep me from getting too sweepy off the deck. And to use the help and forgiveness to my advantage by maintaining a steep crisp strike. Off the tee, I would play a ball forward. It is a longer shaft after all.
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    I play it like an iron as well. I have heard people say that some OEMs design hybrids to be swept whereas other design them to be hit like an iron. I don't know if there is any truth to that.
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    I hit everything the same way. Just the way I play and was taught. Same swing for everything. I do move ball position forward in my stance as clubs get longer. It helps me get my weight shifted off my back foot. If not for that, I am going to hit it fat every single time.
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    Welcome back to the Hybrid club, and an excellent choice with a forgiving/distance hybrid with plenty of relief with the raised toe.

    I used to setup with the ball position a little more forward in my stance but I notice the ball not going as high, more like a line-drive hit, perhaps something to do if I'm hitting in the wind. Now I set it up pretty much like my mid-irons, middle of my stance and fire away. Much higher flight.
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    it's a long iron replacement. play it where you would play a long iron.
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    I read something recently (I believe from Golf Digest) that said, for hybrid play, to place the ball about a clubhead length back from your inside foot, and stand with your feet slightly closer together than shoulder width. I figured what the hell and gave it a try. It's really made a huge difference. Been doing this set up for 3 or 4 rounds, and have had more success with my hybrid than I ever had previously. Helps me to hit down on the ball like an iron more so than sweeping at it. Give it a try!
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