One of the most frequently asked questions by club golfers concerning hybrids/rescue clubs is whether they should be used like an iron or like a fairway wood.
If you are struggling to use these clubs the chances are you are trying to play them in the same way as you would an iron, and hitting down on them too much.
Given that they are a direct replacement this would seem logical, however, for the vast majority of shots they should be approached in the same way as a fairway wood, where you would be looking to sweep the ball away and not really take any sort of divot.
The set up should therefore be the same with the ball being played in line with the inner left thigh and the right foot marginally wider than an iron stance.
This will position the centre of the body a little bit further behind the ball, helping to ensure the desired contact.
Another thing that results in problems is the aforementioned name of “rescue”. Unfortunately, although they are very good and have made hitting long irons significantly easier they are not magic wands.
The best advise is to think ‘would I hit a five wood from this position?’ If the answer is no then it’s probably best to reach for something shorter.