Most golfers today have at least one hybrid in their bag. Over the last ten years or so, hybrids have become a mainstay in golf and it's because they are usually a lot easier to hit than long irons. Even professional golfers have made the transition to hybrids, so it's important that we all understand how to hit them with the best results.
Gerry Everding has a habit of pulling his hybrids to the left. He believes that his ball positioning is the reason for his misses and is looking for some help on exactly where the ball should be whenever he's hitting a hybrid. Ball position could be what's causing his pulls, but I'll also list a few other common mistakes that can lead to similar shots.
I enjoy getting your email golf instructions. They have been helpful in improving my game. However, I have a question on ball position, specifically with the hybrid #2 and hybrid #3. I hit these clubs solidly but tend to pull to the left. Can you enlighten me on the correct ball position when using these hybrids?
Ball position is certaintly critical on any golf shot with a hybird, iron, or wood. Let's say that you've got perfect alignment. If your ball is too far forward, even with perfect alignment, the clubface will be pointed out to the left by the time you make contact with the ball. Remember, with perfect alignment our toes, knees, hips, shoulders, and eyes are all parallel left. Even with that, if your ball is too far forward, you are effectively aimed left.
Correct ball position is so important. You basically want to always play your hybrids somewhere at or slightly behind the forward heel. Because we flare our feet in the PPGS setup, we cannot use our toes as a gauge for ball position. Instead, we gauge the width of our stance and ball position by our ankles.
Another thing that could be causing Gerry to miss left is turning too much in the backswing, which can bring you out and over the top. Even with good ball position and proper alignment, you can still be over releasing and sending the ball out to the left because you've abandoned your dynamic balance with too big of a turn.
One last big issue would be alignment. If any part of your body is not aligned parallel left of your aiming line, it's probable that you're going to hit the ball somewhere other than your intended target. Make sure that everything is lined up parallel left every time you swing the club.
Whenever you're trying to fix a flaw in your game, always start by checking your alignment. After that, check your ball position. Once those are both correct but you're still having trouble, check to be sure that you're not turning too much. All of these elements will effect where the ball goes.
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