Never Lay Up!

Make Solid Contact With Your Hybrids And Fairway Woods

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WHO SAYS YOU HAVE TO CHIP WITH AN IRON? Not me, especially when you’re faced with a tough lie like the one I’ve got here, where the ball has come to rest up against the collar.

Sticky lies like this can be a real challenge with an iron. The club’s leading edge can get stuck in the grass en route to the ball, and from there, just about anything can happen. Thin, chunked, stabbed shots—you name it!

To avoid errant shots, try chipping with your hybrid club. Simply set up to it, in much the same way as you would a putt, by standing close to it so your eyes look directly down at the ball. Choke down on your club to shorten it and then swing your arms back and forth in a pendulum motion so you don’t get too wristy, and then pop the ball out onto the green.

Be careful, however, with this shot. Because the hybrid has a pretty hot face, judging distance takes some getting used to. You don’t have the same feel with a hybrid that you do with an iron. Don’t integrate this into your game until you’ve hit a lot of shots around the chipping green!


OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, Titleist’s 909 series woods have found their way into the bags of some of the game’s best players, including Steve Stricker, Hunter Mahan and Geoff Ogilvy. These “players’ clubs” are classically shaped and built for high performance. The 909F2 fairway woods feature a round profile that produces a higher, slightly more forgiving launch, while the 909F3 has a pear profile that yields a midlaunch. The 909H hybrids come in five different loft combinations (15°, 17°, 19°, 21°, 24°) in both right- and left-handed, and a stock Titleist Diamana Blue 80 Hybrid shaft or Titleist Aldila VooDoo Hybrid.

2011 promises to be another big year for the company with the release of its 910 series of metal woods, which have been receiving Tour play since early June. Look for Titleist’s new sticks to hit golf stores this fall.

Former UCLA coach, Brad Sherfy, PGA, has played in more than 20 PGA Tour events, including four U.S. Opens and four P.G.A. Championships. He has played on both the European Tour and Asian Tour, and currently teaches at both Moorpark Country Club in Moorpark, Calif., and Harbor Golf Practice Center in Wilmington, Calif.

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