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Friday, December 14, 2018

Butch Harmon on Chipping with a Hybrid

This Golf Digest article by Butch Harmon tells you how to hit a chip with a hybrid. There's a video included in the article, but it was a bit tricky to embed in this post. You can check it out at the link above.

Butch Harmon hitting a chip with a hybrid

Butch's description reads like one of my lists, so I'll just include his version from the article but break it into an actual list.
  • I use my putting grip because the motion is a lot like a putting stroke.
  • Set up with the ball off the instep of your back foot to make sure you catch the ball first.
  • Stand close to the ball, and choke down on the grip a few inches to shorten the club.
  • The shaft should be pretty upright at address. This will help you make a straight-back, straight-through stroke. If you stand farther from the ball, the stroke will be more rounded, which makes it tougher to make crisp contact.
  • The stroke is a simple back and through with firm wrists.
That's all pretty simple, isn't it? The reason for chipping with a hybrid rather than a putter is to get a bit of loft on the ball, to get the ball on top of the grass. If you've watched the pros putt from off the green with a putter, you'll understand why: The ball gets hung up in the grass much too easily unless the grass is cut very short and just about perfect.

Here's my personal opinion, for what it's worth: While there are many times that a putter will work well from off the green, I don't think you'll go wrong if you just use a hybrid most of the time -- even on short grass. I see no reason to risk getting hung up in the grass if you don't need to. And the more you use this shot, the more consistent you'll become with it.

In any case, it's a very useful shot to have in your short game arsenal.

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