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Use Different Hybrid Options For Your Short Game

Jun 26, 2008
Hybrid golf clubs are a lot easier to hit than traditionally shaped long irons. Due to the construction of the club head, the golf ball will typically fly higher and land softer. This construction makes a hybrid ideal for shots deep in the fairway. A hybrid club is also designed to perform well from a variety of other locations on the golf course. The hybrid can be an effective tool for saving your score from the rough, the fringe, even a bunker. Here are different ways to use your hybrid:

Using a hybrid out of a bunker obviously is dependant on the type of lie you have in the bunker. If you decide that the hybrid is the club to use from the bunker, the proper ball position, relative to your stance, is extremely important. You will top the ball or hit the ball thin, if the ball is too far back in your stance. Conversely, play the golf ball too far forward and the tendency will be to hit the golf shot fat or behind the golf ball.

The correct ball position is to situate the ball between a half-inch to one-inch more towards the center of your stance from where you normally would play your hybrid club. This is to make it easier for you to make contact with the golf ball first. In addition, insure you have a solid base. You will have limited lower body movement during the swing. With a good lie in the bunker, hitting a hybrid from the bunker isn.t much different from hitting a regular golf shot from the fairway.

You hear it every weekend while watching a golf telecast. If you miss a green, you need to get the ball rolling on the green as soon as possible. Due to the loft of a hybrid club, the golf ball will start rolling very quickly.

This makes it easier to gauge how far the ball will roll as it will be similar to a putt. You will need to choke down on the grip (more towards the shaft) and hold the club with a putting-style grip. The golf stroke then emulates a body-driven putting stroke. You will want to stroke the golf ball and limit any excessive wrist movement. The pendulum stroke will make it a lot easier to gauge your speed and distance leading you to hit the ball more consistently and get up and down more often.

If you end up in light rough on the high side of the hole, do not assume the putt or lob shot are your only choices. There is another option. Use your hybrid. Like the bump and roll, a chip shot from above the hole will do the same. Begin by making sure there.s room to get the club behind the ball and the key is in knowing where the ball will begin rolling. With your hands slightly forward of the golf ball, address the ball like you would a regular chip shot. Place the majority of your weight on your forward side and proceed to chip the ball so it lands in the light rough if needed.

The extra momentum of the hybrid will cause the ball to move forward even after hitting the light rough. Remember, the ball will tend to slow the ball down so that it will roll onto the green. Using a hybrid is a safer shot than using a lofted wedge from a downhill lie.

Consider the benefits of a hybrid if your ball lies against the collar. A hybrid has a longer, wider sole that can help push the grass down behind the ball. This makes it easier to create solid contact. In turn, a wedge or putter can easily go underneath the golf ball or get hung up in the rough. To play this type of a golf shot, address the ball with your putting grip at the end of the golf grip.

Again, press your hands forward and place the golf ball in the back of your stance. On the backswing, just cock your wrists to lift the shaft a short distance. Then drop the clubhead onto the golf ball. Unlike the bump-and-run, allow your wrists to hinge slightly to help lift the club away from the collar on the backswing. The ball will pop up for a short distance and roll the majority of the way to the hole. It will be important to read the green.
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Max Johnson writes golf articles for VGS Golf. Click to find a ladies golf lessons and tips or short game lessons and tips that will work for you.
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