How Hybrids Can Help in Your Short Game

When you think about adding a hybrid club to your set, you are certainly thinking first and foremost about using that club to hit long shots. And, of course, that makes sense – this is a club designed to help you hit high, long shots which land softly in the fairway or on the green. But, did you know that you may be able to use your hybrid around the greens as well? With a little practice, a hybrid club can actually turn into a handy chipping tool. In this section of our article, we are going to outline how you can use your hybrid to hit quality chip shots.

It is important to understand that chipping with your hybrid club is really only a viable option when you have a good lie on short grass around the green. You can’t be in a position where you will need to carry the ball and significant distance, because the shot is going to come off low and travel most of the way to the hole on the ground. This is basically a bump-and-run shot, so it will only be useful in some situations.

When the time is right to deploy this shot, keep the following tips in mind.

  • Use your putting grip. Despite the fact that this is a long club, you should consider using your putting grip when playing this shot. You are going to use a motion similar to your putting stroke – rocking your shoulders back and through – so your putting grip makes a lot of sense. To make up for the fact that this club is so much longer than your putter, be sure to choke down on the grip at address.
  • Expect plenty of speed. Thanks to the design of your hybrid club, you can expect the ball to come off the face with plenty of speed. There is much more ‘spring’ in the face of your hybrid than there is when using your putter, so keep that in mind. As long as you make good contact, a relatively small swing of the hybrid should send the ball scooting quickly up toward the hole. Be sure to practice this shot in advance of using it on the course so you can get comfortable with controlling your distance.
  • Read the slope of the ground. Since this is a shot which stays down on the ground for most of its duration, you are going to want to read the shot just like you would read a putt. Analyze the slope of the ground between your ball and the target and adjust your aim accordingly. Pay specific attention to the slope of the ground up near the hole, as the ball will be more likely to take the break as it slows down and loses forward momentum.
  • A great option when nervous. If you find yourself feeling a bit nervous over a particular chip shot, consider using your hybrid instead (as long as the situation is suitable, of course). Since it is relatively easy to make clean contact when using your hybrid, the nerves are less likely to be a detriment to your shot. Rather than assuming the risk that comes along with using a wedge, reach for your hybrid and take the safer option.

Hybrid clubs may be relatively new to the golf scene, but they have become incredibly popular since bursting onto the market. If you are in need of some help with your long game, there is a good chance that you will benefit from adding a hybrid or two to your set. These clubs are easy to use, they have plenty of positive performance characteristics, and very few drawbacks. We hope this article has provided you with all of the information and motivation necessary to try a hybrid for yourself. Good luck!