Hybrids continue to gain popularity in replacing long irons and helping golfers hit long shots to greens and escape the rough. But many golfers have not learned to use the hybrid for chipping around the green. Chipping can be a difficult shot for many weekend golfers, finding themselves sculling the chip or unable to control the distance.
Save yourself multiple shots by learning these 3 simple shots around the greens with your 3, 4 or 5 hybrid club.
- Long chip shot uphill to a back pin placement.
- Your golf ball rests against the fringe of the green that disrupts your backswing.
- The ball rests in high rough just off the fringe of the green making a delicate chip shot very hard.
Use the following techniques when you find yourself in each of these situations.
Long chip shot uphill to a back pin placement:
Grip the club down to the bottom of the grip with your left hand and place your lower hand on the actual shaft. Place the ball center between your stance and lean the shaft forward toward your left hip pocket. The club shaft will also be in line with your left arm. Place a small amount of weight to the left.
Using only a shoulder motion swing the club low to the ground and the natural loft of the hybrid will give some loft and a lot of roll. The shaft of the club will remain in line with the left arm to eliminate any excessive wrist action.
With very little swing, the golf ball will travel quickly to the hole or up a slope.
Ball resting on the fringe:
Use the above set-up but do not rest the club on the grass. Play the ball off the right foot and lean the shaft to your left hip. While swinging make a very short smooth swing and keep the club low coming through the golf ball. This shot will prevent the club from stubbing the grass or topping the golf ball. With a small amount of swing, the ball will roll quickly up the hill.
Ball rests in high rough off the fringe:
Grip down to the graphite or steel of the club and bend moreover to create a vertical shaft which helps dig deeper into the grass. Place the ball in the center of your stance with weight forward and shaft leaning forward of the ball. Use a 4 or 5 hybrid and make a sharper angle of descent into the ball using a small putting motion. The wrists will continue to remain firm. The ball will get a little loft out of the grass and roll very quickly on the green.