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How to Rip a Hybrid: Make Easy Work of Long Approaches

October 6, 2016

Odds are, you carry at least one hybrid in your bag. Mine goes 205 yards — it’s a high-flying lifesaver when I’m stuck between 3-wood and my longest iron. Manufacturers market hybrids as versatile and easy to hit, but they don’t swing themselves. You need to make some critical adjustments — if you swing them steeply like you do your irons, you won’t get maximum distance. And if you try to swing “up” through contact, as you would with a driver, you’ll skull it. I go for a happy medium: a sweeping motion through impact that takes just a little dirt, like I’m catching an iron a bit on the thin side.

Here’s how to groove the right feel. At the range, tee the ball just barely above the turf. And I mean barely. Your goal? Hit the ball without hitting the tee. It helps to stand taller through impact. I like to feel as though my chest is the same distance from the ball both at address and when I strike it, with my weight slightly favoring my front foot. Use this sweeping motion and almost any green is within range.

Jessica Korda has grabbed four wins and $2.7 million in earnings on the LPGA Tour.