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Mental Block When Hitting Hybrids

swing thoughtsswing thoughts Members Posts: 268 ✭✭✭✭

I wish I could say I have a consistent miss, but lately I'm all over the place with hybrid. Low, chunk, right, left... I'm back to a 3 and 4 iron which are obviously harder to hit, butare working better for me now. I must have the yips or something big going on with the hybrid. Any drills or thoughts you guys have tried that helped you with the hybrids? Anything at all??!! Thanks.

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  • jah7838jah7838 Members Posts: 1,084 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Whenever I start catching my hybrids thin, I'll place a tee/leaf/something a few inches in front of the ball on the range and try to take that out with a divot. When I'm on the course, I pick a spot a few inches in front of the ball and make sure I hit thru that spot as well.

    It forces me to stay down and thru the ball when hitting hybrids. I start to catch it thin and miss both directions when I try to help the ball in the air. The divots I take with a hybrid aren't deep or very long, but it's just a helpful feeling for me.

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    Fairway: Cobra F6 Baffler set to 16.5* with Motore Speeder 8.3 Stiff
    Hybrids: 19* Adams XTD Super Hybrid VTS 100s, 23* Adams Super 9031 S300
    Irons: 4 iron PTx Pro with RIP Tour 115s,  5-PW Ben Hoga PTx Pro DGTI S400 (4 iron isn't in the bag very often)
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  • swing thoughtsswing thoughts Members Posts: 268 ✭✭✭✭

    @jah7838 said:
    Whenever I start catching my hybrids thin, I'll place a tee/leaf/something a few inches in front of the ball on the range and try to take that out with a divot. When I'm on the course, I pick a spot a few inches in front of the ball and make sure I hit thru that spot as well.

    It forces me to stay down and thru the ball when hitting hybrids. I start to catch it thin and miss both directions when I try to help the ball in the air. The divots I take with a hybrid aren't deep or very long, but it's just a helpful feeling for me.

    I like that idea. I've actually heard of that drill before, just forgot about it. I'll try it. I've found that most of my issues are essentially a result of not getting thoroughly thru the ball. That may help. Thanks.

    Ping G SL Tec 9* XS
    Callaway XR 15* R

    Cobra Bio Cell Fairway 18.5 S
    Titleist 816 H1 21* S
    Nike Vapor Pro 4-9 S <or> Mizuno MP 69 4-9

    Vokey SM6[background=transparent] 48* 10 S[/background]
    [background=transparent]Taylormade Tour Preferred EF 52* 10 S[/background]
    Taylormade Tour Preferred EF 58* ATV S

    Odyssey Versa #7 35"
    Taylormade Daddy Long Legs 38"
    [background=transparent]Scotty Futura X5 38"[/background]
    [background=transparent]Callaway Bobby Jones blade 35"[/background]
  • kmay__kmay__ niagara, ontario, canada. Members Posts: 372 ✭✭✭✭

    I play a 4 hybrid and I just always swing it the same as I do for a long iron, including a slight forward shaft lean to initiate the backswing, helps me hit down on it and keep strike consistent.

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  • mahoniemahonie EnglandMembers Posts: 2,524 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I view my 3 hybrid as a shorter version of my 3-wood and play it the same, slightly forward in the stance and sweep without a divot. In fact, I rotate it with a 5-wood which is practically the same club, just 5 yards longer.

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  • tonypizzletonypizzle Members Posts: 77 ✭✭✭

    yeah i agree. i try to treat it more like a wood than an iron. i try to give it the same swing. i like the drill mentioned above. hopefully that helps some!

  • HellstormHellstorm Members Posts: 600 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I did the same thing as you with the hybrids. One shot would be really solid and beautiful and the next would be a disaster. I took some advice from somebody and practiced a kind of hockey slapshot with the hybrid and woods and it really helped me stay down on the shots and get a better rotation. I also moved the ball back a little in my stance and focused on hitting a little draw and my consistency has greatly improved. Not promising it as a cure all but it really only took about 15 balls to get that feeling.

  • Chuck905Chuck905 Members Posts: 1,362 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Sep 10, 2019 4:15am #8

    To me, the hybrid had its own ball position.
    3 wood and two iron are my strengths so I don’t “need” a hybrid, unless I’m in the light rough from 200 yards out.l, in which now I compromise by advancing a 6 iron, pitch up and down for par.

    If you don’t have confidence with the hybrid, I would ditch it unless you struggle with swing speed.

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  • ChipNRunChipNRun Members Posts: 1,583 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    If you work with a pro, have him or her take a look at your hybrid swing. If you're uncomfortable with hybrids, you may have developed some unconscious quirk, twitch or misalignment which is messing up your shots. I find this is the best way to diagnose what's wrong with the one club that doesn't work.

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    Driver: Calla XR16 Pro 10.5° (set open) / Fuji Evolution II TS Speeder 665 R-flex 63 gr.
    FWs: Tour Edge XRail 4W + 7W / GraphiteDesign G60 R-flex 60 gr.
    or Calla Alpha 815, set 16° + 20° / Fuji Motore Speeder 665 R-flex 62 gr.
    Hybrid: Cobra FlyZ 3H 19° + 4H 22° / Matrix VLCT Altus Lite flex 73 gr.
    Irons: Tour Edge CB Pro Tungsten 4i - PW** / KBS Tour 90 R-flex 101 gr.
           4i refitted with SteelFiber 780 HLS Hybrid shaft R Flex 75 gr.
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  • scooterhd2scooterhd2 Members Posts: 392 ✭✭✭✭

    I can only tell you how to hit it 20 yards left. Great contact though.

  • Lefty Light HItterLefty Light HItter Members Posts: 1,508 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    You've got a mental block with yours and I have a mental hook with mine. I have to setup like Bubba Watson to get that thing to go straight or fade assuming I don't fear pulling it and then end up with a pull hook anyway. Not my favorite club!

    In search of solid contact...
  • rich srich s Members Posts: 773 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hybrids are not all the same and seem to be more hozel adjustment sensitive for me. Once I got them dialed in though, they are absolute weapons. I have 2 in my bag and have had them for a while now. Don't see them going anywhere as they are very versatile. My set-up is about 1" forward of where I play my 4i. From there I just focus on swinging to the right and hitting down on it. That might not be what I actually do but that intention gives me a great result off the ground. Off the tee is entirely different.

  • DShepleyDShepley Members Posts: 71 ✭✭

    I've never owned a hybrid that didn't feel like it wanted to hook off of the planet. Every one I've ever had I felt like I had to play a slice with or I'd lose it left. My issue was likely mostly mental but also I think caused by the hybrids being a bit upright and perhaps they are just a hook biased club? I solved the issue for me by replacing my hybrid with a driving iron, (I went with a Srixon ZU85 2 iron which I love off the tee).

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