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Hybrids and Long Irons

Brian Morser Thinking Long

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Chipping with a Hybrid

I don’t know why we didn’t think of chipping with a three-wood or hybrid club sooner. It’s a terrific technique for anywhere within thirty yards of the green, provided you can roll the ball up and onto the putting surface. Use your normal putting grip but choke down a few inches on the shaft for better control. Put the ball slightly farther back in your stance than you would for a putt and make a smooth, relaxed pendulum stroke. It’s not that different from making a long lag putt. The loft built into the club will give the ball some lift over the thicker grass and get it rolling smoothly on landing. Because of the sole of the hybrid, it’s hard to hit one of these shots fat (unlike with wedges), so you can concentrate on getting the right line and distance. A few sessions of practice chipping with the hybrid will give you a tool you’ll be happy to have.

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