David Howell gives his best advice for how to hit a hybrid from the rough and explains why it might be a better option than a long iron…
Attack from the rough
When you find your ball nestling in the rough, your hybrid will come into its own. When the lie in the rough is good, you can just take your normal approach – learning how to play the basic hybrid shot is a must.
You should be able to find a good contact, and even though the flight won’t be quite the same as from the fairway (you’ll get a little less carry and a little more run), you should still be able to hit a normal shot.
However, if the ball has settled down in thicker rough, this is where the hybrid will offer you a lot more distance. In a typical lie in thicker rough, I could probably only use a 6-iron if I opted to use an iron. But with my 20° hybrid I can still get this to 200 yards.
You will, however, need to make a couple of adjustments. Start by opening the clubface a little at address. The reason you need to do this is because the grass is so thick and strong that it will close the face through impact.
Secondly, move the ball slightly further back in your stance and place more weight on your left side. This should help you find a steeper angle of attack to avoid taking too much grass before the ball.
If you make those slight changes, I’d still expect to hit this ball 200 yards. This might well help you decide whether to carry long irons or hybrids. For us on Tour, the hybrid has become an invaluable part of the golf bag.