Boost your greenside skills by learning an alternative way to ‘chip’. Here's our guide as to how to play the hybrid chip shot.

How To Play The Hybrid Chip Shot

1 Assess the shot

Using a hybrid around the greens is a great skill to have, especially when you find yourself up against the fringe.

You will find plenty of Tour players using it when the lie is poor and they need to get the ball rolling onto the greens. What’s more, it is such a safe shots, it is surprising more amateurs don’t use it.

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In this case, we have a lot of green to work with and the hybrid is a sensible option, even more so if you’ve been struggling with your wedges.

The danger is coming over the fringe, which makes a solid contact crucial.

2 Grip check

We’re looking to reduce forearm rotation through impact, so grip the club a little more in the palm of the hand so it runs more up the forearm.

This will also reduce unwanted wrist action and encourage you to hit the shot more like a putt. Keeping your wrists ‘quiet’ through the shot will also prevent you from creating too much speed – one of the key faults you need to be aware of!

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3 Set-up basics

That solid contact I mention comes with the correct set-up.

A narrow stance helps to get the ball rolling.

Be mindful of how close you’re standing to the ball.

Quite often I see players standing too far away; this creates a more rounded arc to the swing, which means it’s harder to time the low point at impact.

Stand a bit closer than you would for a normal hybrid shot – the shaft will be more vertical at address.

As for weight distribution, favour slightly more on the lead side.

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4 Angle of attack

A narrow stance also helps raise the centre of gravity slightly in the body to achieve a more downward angle of attack.

We’re looking to get the handle and weight ahead of the ball slightly through the strike.

Checklist
– Grip the club more in the palm rather than the fingers
- Stand a bit closer than you would for a ‘normal’ chip
– Try and achieve a more downward angle of attack

Alistair Davies PGA Professional, Marriott Forest of Arden, Warwickshire
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