Golfers have quickly taken to hybrid clubs, with half of all players carrying at least one, according to "Golf Digest." The clubs -- which feature a sole about half as large as a fairway wood and twice as large as an iron -- are easier to hit longer and farther than the equivalent irons. Instructors say the proper way to hit these clubs is much the same way you already hit irons or fairway woods.
Swing fully, just as you do with any club. Keep your arms from racing ahead in the swing, says Hank Haney, Tiger Woods' former swing coach. Complete the swing with a balanced finish on the left leg for right-handed golfers.
Hit the hybrid down and through, just like an iron, if the ball is sitting down a bit in the grass. Hit the ball first, then take a divot after, says top Canadian teacher Shawn Clement.
Swing the hybrid as you would a fairway wood when you have a good lie in which the ball is sitting up on the grass. If you're a right-handed golfer, tilt your spine slightly to the right to help you swing on the correct path and plane. Use the sole of the club to skip off the turf as it hits the ball, which will make the ball fly higher.
The best way to find the type of hybrid you need is to swing clubs with different degrees of loft while being measured by a launch monitor -- a radar device that measures a shot's ball speed, launch angle and spin rate. Many pro shops will let you use their monitors if you're in the market to buy a club. Look for the club that fulfills the yardage you need to replace a 3-iron, 4-iron or both.
Not every 3- and 4-hybrid is the same. For example, there is no industry standard regarding the precise loft of these clubs, so one manufacturer's 3-hybrid may have more loft than another's. When you buy a hybrid, check the individual club's loft.