You’re 50 yards from the green. The wind is up. You could play your standard pitch, but good luck if you put too much loft on the shot—the wind could knock the ball down, carry it too far or blow it sideways. Your best option here is the bump-and-run. And to make the shot that much easier to pull off, hit it with a hybrid. The heavy weight of a hybrid allows you to make a smaller, more controlled swing but still generate ample distance to get the ball all the way to the target. The setup is very traditional: Grip down a few inches, narrow your stance and set a tad more weight over your front foot. All you have to do now is make a simple little swing—just a little longer than what you’d use for a chip shot—with the club almost always staying below hip level. There′s not much that can go wrong. Even if you don′t make solid contact, the ball will typically roll out the correct distance. It′s a very low-maintenance shot and a great option to have in your bag when the trouble is long of the green.
- Kellie Stenzel, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, Fla. and Palm Beach C.C., Palm Beach, Fla.