Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Never Lay Up!
Make Solid Contact With Your Hybrids And Fairway Woods
Labels: Hybrid Play, Wood Play, Instruction, Equipment, Woods, Iron Woods, Fairway Woods, Full Swing
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!
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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