Ask the Top 100: Are hybrids good for everyone?

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I have a 3- and a 4-hybrid and simply have not figured out to hit this club from a good fairway lie.  Can you help me? Keith H., Ogden, Utah    Hey Mr. H,A hybrid is just that -– a combination of an iron and a wood. But not all hybrids are the same. Some are more like irons with flat faces while others have some bulge and roll on the face. Some have fade built in, while others have a bias for the draw. The length of the shaft is shorter than a wood but longer [by a half-inch to one-inch] than a long iron.
A hybrid gives you a higher trajectory and more distance on your long shots. And they are easier to hit out of bad lies. But they aren't for everyone and I don't want you to be coerced into using them just because they get rave reviews
Here's why they aren’t for everyone. Some golfers have iron swings and some wood swings -- some golfers swear by their 3-iron and some swear at it. If you have trouble hitting your hybrids you have three choices: 1.) Make sure you have the "iron" hybrid to match your iron swing type (ask a clubfitter). 2.) Change your swing so you can hit the "wood" hybrid; 3.) Go back to a muscle-back 3- and 4-iron rather then change your swing.
I'd try options one and three before I take on the horrors of option two. Dear T.J.,Last week I was on the first tee and I didn't have a glove in my bag. I'm a big Freddie Couples fan so I decided to play without one, like Freddie does. I thought I got a better feel of the club. So why do people wear a golf glove? Is this some sort of FootJoy conspiracy?Eric K., Sacramento, Calif. A glove is suppose to do two things 1.) Increase the stability of your grip and 2.) Increase the revenue of an optional accessory.
The most important thing to remember is that "feel is real," so if you feel better without a glove, don’t wear one. Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher T.J. Tomasi, Ph.D., a Class A PGA professional, teaches at the Nantucket Golf Club in Massachusetts. You can learn more about TJ at

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