The wonderful thing about hybrids is the versatility they give you. Ernie Els uses his from the tee, the fairway, the rough and even from divots. The shallowness of the club enables him to find a powerful contact. Here’s how to hit hybrids from a bad lie…

Find the strike

When you have bad lie, for example a divot, I would use my 23° Adams Pro Mini hybrid because despite the lie, I’m still going to be able to get to the green.

But I do need to make some changes to my normal technique. Firstly, I’ll move the ball back in my stance – towards the centre. I have the equivalent of a 4-iron in my hands but by moving the ball back I am going to be playing it like a 7-iron.

Golf swing tips

Try it for yourself and you’ll see the difference between your normal hybrid address and the one you’d take for this type of shot. By moving the ball back a fraction, I’m really going to be able to hit down on the ball, like I would with a 7-iron.

By doing this I can be certain I’ll get a clean contact. Your sternum should also be set nicely over the ball at address, which again is important for a good strike.

Ernie Els ball striking tips

Creating flight

My next move will be to open my stance just a little bit. My feet, hips and shoulders should be aiming to the left of my intended target. Having already set the ball back I’m hitting down on the shot, but by opening my stance a little bit I should be able to get the ball into the air.

Beginners guide to hybrid play

I’m aiming to make a cut swing here so I’d expect the ball to fade in the air. By making these adjustments, the ball comes out powerfully and on a good line, and that is really the beauty of this golf club – its’ very, very versatile.