Originally Posted by memosteve
I actually find this a bit annoying and have heard similiar experiences with better players ...
Trekchick - > sorry for hijacking the thread - but this subthread can help explain why some clubs are missing from some bags.
I left the back half of my hybrid story out, but now it's relevant. I perfected the easy swing with my first hybrid, but ended up retiring the club when I got new irons and changed the lofts throughout my set. This year, I've been playing with a 21 degree Nike CPR (replaces 3-4). With my easy swing it was hitting 180-210 yards. It was so perfect, I started it hitting it a lot. Now I've become so confident with it, I'm hitting it the same distance as my 5 wood (200-230) (which is now retired - because the change created a different gap in my bag). I wouldn't call myself a better player yet, but I am occasionally making better player swings. I'm guessing that a hybrid club is just enough different from a "normal" club, that there is some subconscious swing adjustment that needs to be made before you can use a "full" swing with it. I know that I'm now swinging the club as hard as I swing my other clubs. But I still am trying not to swing it as hard. It's hard to describe what has happened, memosteve, but I'm suggesting you give your hybrid another chance before you retire it.
Since this is a ski forum, here's a ski exercise that may be relevant. Demo a pair of 110-130 shorty skis. But just for grins, after a few runs, swap a short ski with one of your regular skis so you've got one short and one long. Go at least a 1/2 run like that and then switch feet. The odds are that you'll adapt fairly well, so it's not like you'll kill yourself. But you should go through an odd set of feelings that tells you a lot about how to make turns (btw - there's a weird secret about this exercise that only effects 1 in 3 people - it happens when you switch feet). The hybrid golf club experience has been similar to this drill for me at least.
EDIT - but now that I've thought about more, the transition to shape skis is a better analogy. With the shapes, at first it was learning to steer less and edge more. But after you got through adjusting your technique, you were then ready to learn how to apply the gas to the skis.