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Question on Hybrids and Woods:

Should my swing using a fairway wood be flatter than say, a 9 iron?

Yes. Your swing with fairway woods will be flatter than your swing with short irons simply because of the design of the club. You do not need to do anything consciously different. Because fairway woods are longer clubs and sit naturally on a flat plane, they will swing around your body on a flatter plane than short irons.

The length of the woods makes you stand further from the ball and a bit more upright. The result of the change in posture is shoulders that rotate more level around your spine. As your arms follow your shoulders, your swing plane will become more level.

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