Chip With a Hybrid

Tuesday February 26th, 2008
Neil Beckerman

When to use it

Safe Play: Your ball is caught between the rough and apron, or between the apron and the green—tough situations for both wedge and putter.

Sane Play: On the apron, with plenty of room between you and the pin.

Scoring Play: From a collection area, or over any mound between you and the pin.

Which One?

Use your highest-lofted hybrid club to loft the ball over longer grass around the green, and to create more forward roll once it lands.

Why it Works

Putting from off the green—even from long distances—is a much better option than chipping the ball. The problem is, no one putts well from long distance because it's difficult to convince your mind to putt as hard as you need to. The extra weight and longer shaft length of a hybrid allow you to make a smooth, short stroke and still create a lot of distance. The rounded sole should calm any fears you may have about hitting the shot fat or thin.

PUT THE CLUB TO WORK

The chip-putt with a hybrid is powered mostly by your shoulders, with just a little wrist hinge and a touch of forward knee movement.

Even from distances as far as 100 feet, a hybrid gives you plenty of club to roll the ball close, so concentrate on making your normal putting stroke. (Yes, practice is recommended to develop distance control and touch.)

Add Touch to your chip-putts


Setup
  • Play the ball under your right eye.

  • Narrow your stance (heels just inside your shoulders) and set your weight slightly forward.

  • Sole your club on the ground and set the face square to your target line.
  • Backswing
  • Swing the triangle formed by your arms and shoulders in a pendulum motion.

  • Add a little wrist motion to increase your feel for the shot.

  • Keep your lower body quiet.
  • Through-swing
  • Unhinge your wrists—put back what you took out.

  • Accelerate! Don't hit at the ball, just simply let it get in the way.

  • Add just a touch of forward knee movement.
  • FREE YOURSELF

    A hybrid isn't a putter, so don't swing it like one. Golfers guilty of this mistake end up locking their arms and making jabs instead of smooth moves through the ball. Make a more fluid stroke by adding some wrist hinge to your backswing and lower-body motion to your through-swing.

    Try this drill: Grip the club with your left hand hanging an inch over the butt end of the handle and make mock chip swings. Feel how it frees up your wrists and gives your swing a more natural feeling.

    Hybrid help from a pro

    Smooth Seve

    Whether it's a natural gift or the result of endless hours of practice, Seve Ballesteros' short-chip rhythm and touch is something to which every golfer should aspire when attempting greenside plays. Seve always added just a touch of knees and wrists, even on the shortest chipand-run shots. Be more like Seve and less like cement.

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