The right setup is the key to getting out of trouble
It’s true that hybrids are great out of the rough. The wide sole can handle the thick grass without getting stuck. But understand that you need to make a steeper swing. Just like with fairway woods, a descending strike is the way to go. A few adjustments at address will set up the impact you want.
To blast it out of the rough, grip down, open the clubface, and play the ball back for a steeper swing.
First, open the clubface and grip down about an inch [left]. Shortening the club gives you more control, and the open face counteracts the tendency for the grass to twist the clubhead at impact. Next, stand a little closer to the ball, which pre-sets a steeper swing plane. Finally, play the ball an inch farther back to increase your chance of catching the ball cleanly [below]. Get the setup right, and your only swing thought is to cut across the ball a little. With this setup, you’ll take advantage of these amazing clubs.
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