The shorter shaft on the hybrid allows it to used around the green much easier than the fairway wood for chipping and running the ball, a shot popularised by Tiger Woods early in his career.
The flat sole, rounder leading edge and the fact that there is no hosel, as there is on irons, make it a very useful shot to have at one’s disposal, especially if the ball is sitting down in fringe grass, or on very tight firm ground.
It can also be utilised instead of the putter when the ball is off the green but a very long way from the hole and there is fringe grass between the ball and the putting surface.
The extra loft helps to lift the ball for the initial part of its journey meaning that the swing and hit required are less and more controlled than they would be were a putter to be used.
In fact it is perfectly feasible to use it whenever there is no elevation required, and the distance faced doesn’t need the club to be swung past hip height.
Essentially it is just like putting with loft, and the stance and grip adopted should therefore be the same.
• Grip slightly further down the club
• The swing should be the same as used when putting, remaining a still as possible, especially with the lower body
• Like all shots, it will require practice to understand how the ball reacts to different swings and from different positions around the green
• If you carry more than one hybrid, practice with them all to see how each reacts, thereby increasing the options available to you and giving you more chance to get the ball up and down more often.