How to Aim Hybrids: Quick Tips for Your Next Round
How to Aim Hybrids: Beginner-Friendly, No-Practice Strategies for Achieving Accuracy Under Pressure
I’m not sure I’ve known a golfer who wasn’t, at some point, desperate to learn how to aim hybrids.
It’s the same story with fairway woods.
Advice abounds on how to aim irons. You’ve probably gotten plenty of tips from your friends on how to aim your driver. (Because really, what feels better than hitting a long drive with deadly accuracy?)
But hybrids and fairway woods are a different animal altogether.
Now, I consider the hybrid to be one of the greatest inventions to come out of the last fifty years of golf. I tend to suspect that any golfer who doesn’t love their hybrid simply doesn’t know how to hit their hybrid.
To be fair, that’s a steep learning curve. Hybrids and fairway woods are notoriously tough to aim. Master your accuracy with these clubs, however, and you’re guaranteed to see astounding improvement in your golf game.
Stick with me and I’ll explain why you struggle with how to aim hybrids. More importantly, I’ll give you two tips for overcoming the struggle and hitting your hybrids and fairway woods with consistent accuracy. These are tactics you can use in the middle of a round starting today.
Let’s get into it.
Why So Many Golfers Struggle With How to Aim Hybrids
Hybrids are tough to aim for the same reason your driver is tough to aim:
They’re really long.
Let’s compare your hybrid and fairway wood to the shortest club in your bag: your putter.
When you set up to make a putt, you’re super close to the golf ball—so close your eye is directly over the ball. This proximity puts your eye line right along the target line.
You see where I’m going with this, right?
The farther you are from the ball, the farther your eye line is from the target line.
If you have better accuracy with your irons than with your hybrids and the best accuracy with your putter, this is why.
So how are you supposed to overcome this hurdle? The length of your club shaft is fixed. You can’t change it. You can’t get your eyes closer to the target line. So what do you do?
Fortunately, there are two simple tricks you can do to better visualize the target line even from a greater distance.
Tip #1: Use Your (Club)Head
If you’re constantly hitting it weak or to the right with your hybrids (assuming you’re right-handed), you’re probably rotating the clubhead open at address.
It’s not just you. This is an extremely common mistake. It’s a natural side effect of working with a long club shaft, and I see it all the time with golfers who aren’t sure how to aim hybrids.
One way to overcome this bad habit is to take advantage of your club’s design.
Most golf clubs have a logo or the name of the model on top of the clubhead, dead center. They might even have a line or arrow pointing the way to the target line. This visual aid helps you judge the orientation of your clubface more accurately, even from a distance.
Get a sense of where your target line is. Line up the visual aid built into your clubhead with the target line.
Then, to really ensure proper aim, add in this next tip.
Tip #2: Bring the Target Closer
Metaphorically, of course. If you could simply move the target in golf, the game would hardly be worth playing.
What we’re doing with this tip is finding a reference point that sits along the target line but is much closer to the ball than the actual target is. To do this:
- Get behind the golf ball. Make sure you’re in a position where the ball lines up with the target from your perspective.
- Find an object or feature that sits along that target line between the ball and the target. This could be a leaf, a divot, whatever. In a perfect world, this feature would be fairly close to the ball—three or four feet out is great. But use whatever you can find.
- Keep that feature in focus as you set up to take your shot.
- Aim the visual aid on your clubhead at the feature that sits along the target line.
When you’re able to aim your hybrid at an object along the target line, you make it much easier for your eyes to orient the clubface properly. Remember, this is all about proximity. The closer everything is to your eye line, the more accurate your perception will be.
While this trick is designed to help you during a round of golf, I recommend practicing it with a golf tee first. Place the tee in the ground along the target line about three of four feet out from your ball. Use that for your frame of reference when you take your aim.
Once you get the hang of using the tee to aim, you can look for objects or features that are already on the target line, just as you would in a real game.
In a Nutshell: How to Aim Hybrids and Fairway Woods
When it comes to aiming hybrids and fairway woods, the challenge is pretty straightforward.
These are long clubs, and the longer the club, the farther your eyes are from the target line…
…and the harder it’s going to be for you to line up your shot.
Two simple tricks can help you overcome this challenge:
- Use the name, logo, number, or guiding line on the top of your clubhead to aim the face correctly.
- Aim for a closer object or divot that happens to lie along the target line.
These tips may seem minor, but they make a world of difference.
One bonus tip: Check out the Vertical Line Board. This training aid helps you master all the fundamentals that determine the outcome of your golf shots, including clubface aim.
What Do You Think?
Have you tried these strategies for yourself? If so, did they work for you? Do you have your own suggestions for how to aim hybrids and fairway woods?
Drop into the comments and let us know! Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have or suggest another topic you’d like us to cover. And share your thoughts if you disagree! A debate about golf is still a conversation about golf, and that’s what we live for.
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Are you in metro Phoenix during the winter? I live in Gilbert,AZ and the background of your video looks familiar.
Yes, we shoot some content at Lone Tree Golf Club. A great spot with an amazing staff!
I consistently top my tee ball. Do you have a fix for that? It’s extremely frustrating.
Was watching video on aligning fairway woods and hybrids. When using markings on top of head is useful, but my clubs do not have markings. Suggestions
I only follow Todd. He is easy to understand!
Appreciate the kind words….we do offer online personal coaching if you are interested https://www.vlscoaching.com/?r_done=1
Good question. We have developed our own new driver and hybrids that will be launching soon. First samples will be arriving in a few weeks…are you on our email list?
Here is a good drill that will help https://youtu.be/EBB0SoqzGbU
Todd , please explain the concept “cover the ball with your chest”
Thanks for asking. Basically this means the chest is over the ball at impact. Many golfers tend to get out in front of the ball or hang back behind the ball. These two movements can cause a variety of poor shots. Hope that helps…