Making a perfect shot isn’t easy for beginner golf players. A golf player should have enough knowledge about clubs. If you know about clubs and how to hit them, it will reduce playing tones of strokes to make a perfect shot.
Mostly hitting fairway woods and hybrids seem hard to golfers. How to hit fairway woods and hybrids?
They are not rocket science. We are going to reveal the ways to hit as well as give some pro tips for you. By practicing in proper ways will increase your confidence and hitting will be easy as a piece of cake.
How to hit fairway woods and hybrids
Among golf clubs, the fairway wood and hybrids are used to hit the ball at a longer distance from the fairway to the green. Again, set the accurate position of the ball off the tee.
The hitting process is as follows-
How to hit fairway woods-
Fairway woods are the versatile clubs that are used to hit the 1st stroke on either long par-3s or short par-4s. Also used for the long par-4s as well as a second stroke on par-5s.
To hit fairway woods, you should have an idea of placing the ball under different conditions. Where 3 -wood is regarded as the hardest club to hit perfectly.
Now we are going to guide you through the step-by-step process of hitting woods off the fairway.
Off the deck
- Place The Ball to The Center of Your Stance
First, you should place the ball towards the middle of your instance. If you set the ball in front of your stance, it will be far away from your tee shot. You can’t hit the ball on the up in this situation. So you should hit down on the ball like irons.
- Keep Your Shoulders Square
After placing the ball to the middle of your stance, your shoulders should be moved with your clubhead. Also, your shoulder position should be in line with the clubhead.
Keeping your shoulders square helps in assisting you to swing down.
- Hit Down on the Ball
For hitting down on the ball, you must make contact with the fairway woods and ball first. This will provide a small divot in front of the laying position of the ball. Initially, there is a chance of finding to divot at all. It requires hitting down on the ball and catching it on your downswing. Then you will get the result of this technique.
- Shift Your Body Weight To the Leading Leg
You should keep your body weight to the leading leg when you hit a fairway wood off the deck.
For this, you have to change your swing style, which will help to shift your body weight on your leading leg / front leg.
This position will provide a gradual angle of attack for making clean contact with the swing and ball.
- Make Contact With The Ball First
Now the final step, make clean contact with the ball and ground respectively.
By following these steps, you will definitely be able to strike fairway wood shots more perfectly.
Off The Tee
You can deliver the ball off the tee by fairway woods. That will help to get more consistency as well as a ball in the air.
To hit by fairway wood off to the tee, you need to follow the following steps
- Tee The Ball Up
Many plates make a mistake at this point. They set the ball for fairway wood at the same height as the driver. It’s an incorrect and inefficient technique.
When teeing up for either fairway wood strike or driver, you should set the ball in such a way that half of it is above the clubhead’s crown.
Sometimes you need to tee the ball down in case the fairway woods are compact and thinner than the driver.
- Place The Ball Forward In Your Stance
This time you should not place the ball in the middle rather set it at the forwarding of your stance.
When the ball is on a tee, you can catch it sweetly.
It’s the best way to hit the ball by positioning the inside heel in line with your front leg.
- Shift Weight Onto Your Trailing Shoulder
To hit the fairway woods off to the tee, you should shift weight onto your trailing shoulder. This position will help you to hit the ball in an upswing style.
- Catch The Ball On The Centre Line
Finally, you need to set up the fairway wood for tee shots. Then slightly strike the ball up to the centerline of the clubhead. That makes it easy to strike the ball as well as clean swing.
How to hit Hybrids
Hybrids are used as an effective alternative to irons. They are consistent and easier to hit. Also provides enough forgiveness as well as distances from a variety of lies.
But how to hit hybrids perfectly?
First, you need to adjust your overall setup by following steps-
- Stance adjustment
The width of the stance must be wider than the shoulder for hybrids. The amateur golf players face problems with long irons like they can’t make a complete swing by turning their full body.
For this reason, you have to adjust the stance 1 inch away from the ball.
- Adjust your grip
For hybrids, you need to adjust the grip scale to 7 out of 10. Though it can avoid death grip, but also add some unwanted tension in your arms. Again, you can go for a grip scale of 8 or 9 if you want to hit from the deep stuff.
- Setup the ball position
The ball position changes your game. The ball should be placed slightly towards the center of the stance.
How to hit hybrids off the tee
To hit the hybrid club off the tee, you should tee the ball very low. Many beginners make mistakes at this point, they are hit by teeing so high.
By teeing the ball low, you can hit by hybrid and get a pretty satisfying result.
How to hit hybrids off the ground
Hybrid clubs are considered easier to hit. To hit off the ground, make sure the ball is not too far forward from the setup. You can hit hybrids like long iron in this way.
How to hit hybrids out of the rough
You can hit consistently by hybrids out of the rough. For this, you need to make three changes.
First, your grip should have more pressure than normal. Then open the clubhead slightly so that it will be closed by the rough at impact.
Finally, put the hybrid up on the way back then hit down and through it.
With these 3 changes, you can hit hybrid clubs more effectively.
Reasons for Miss-hit your fairway Woods/Hybrid Clubs?
We already discussed the ways how you can hit fairway wood and hybrids perfectly. But there are several reasons to miss-hit your fairway woods & hybrids clubs!
Mainly, the following 2 reasons are responsible for miss-hitting-
There are 2 main reasons why you could be miss-hitting your fairway woods/hybrids.
1. You may try to smash the ball
If you are trying to smash the ball, it’s the common reason for miss-hitting.
Your body will rise slightly as well as muscles will tense for smashing the ball.
That will lift your arm for downswing and your leading leg go behind the clubhead.
That will create a chance of miss-hit the fairway woods and hybrid clubs.
2. You are hanging right
If you don’t use your lower body rather use your arms a lot for hitting the wood or hybrid, you may make a miss-hit. In this situation, you may put more weight on your back foot and cause a downswing.
And this downswing is responsible for making miss-hits of golf clubs.
Knowing the right ways to hit fairway woods and hybrids will change your game in a good way. Here we already sum up the steps to hit efficiently. They are actually easier than you think.
Making a clean hit by wood or hybrid clubs will improve your overall performance as well as enhance your confidence level. Besides knowing, practicing is also important to make better shots.
Hopefully, now you can optimize your performance by hitting fairway woods and hybrids.