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Hello Maria,
I'm a left-handed golfer and my game is all over the place. I swing too quickly and my handicap is too high. My question is: I love using woods because they are heavier and slow my swing down, so I purchased a whole set of hybrids. How is hitting them different then a regular set of clubs? I usually only used my high irons - never the low ones. I don't know if you sweep the club or hit down on it. Thanks for any help!
--Robin R. from Palatine, IL

Hi Robin,

First as far as hybrids go you should set up to them and swing them the same as your irons. They are a replacement for the iron so a 5 hybrid would replace your 5 iron. With that being said I often find I hit the hybrid a big further (5 yards or so) and I believe most people find that as well.

Second, hybrids are actually lighter than irons, not heavier. The heads are hollow and thinner. It's probably the fact that they are longer that makes you feel like you need to swing slower.

This article may help:



Hybrids are Useful:
www.mygolfinstructor.com/instruction/hybrids-and-woods/hybrids-are-useful/

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