Play Your Best: Step by stepJanuary 15, 2015

Go Down After It

Treat a hybrid like an iron

Photograph by Dom Furore at The Concession Golf Club, Bradenton, Fla.

If you're struggling to hit good hybrid shots off the turf, it might be a case of mistaken identity.

Hybrids look like fairway woods, but you should use them as if they were irons. In other words, you want to hit down on the ball to impart enough backspin to launch it higher, so you can hold the green from longer distances. Consider these four steps to improving your hybrid play.

David Leadbetter

David Leadbetter is a Golf Digest Teaching Professional.