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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Michael Breed on Putting with a Hybrid

Here's a short Golf Digest lesson on putting with a hybrid from Michael Breed.

Putting from off the green with a hybrid

How simple can it be? Grip down to shorten the shaft, set your weight evenly on both feet, and rock your shoulders to hit the putt. If the shaft still feels too long, flex your wrists so you can stand the shaft up more vertically. (This is the same thing you do when you 'toe down' an iron to chip from the greenside rough.)

The main thing to take away from the article is that the ball will come off the face of a hybrid much hotter than it does off a putter. Because of that, Breed says you should play the rough as if it were just part of the green and you were making a long putt.

Of course, you know this is a common shot among the pros, especially when they're playing links golf. It's a nice little shot to have in your arsenal. You never know when you might find a use for it!


  1. My first eagle two or three years ago was a chip-in with a mid-iron! My only par of my last round was with a similar stroke

    1. Yeah, I think we reach for the wedges too quick. My favorite iron for chipping is an 8- or 9-iron, and I've done a fair amount of work with a 7-wood too.