Amen Corner: Chipping off the old block

Special to the Valley News
Published: 7/24/2019 9:47:12 PM

Over the past few weeks we’ve discussed the many options of club selection for chipping. A sand wedge, 9-iron, putter or anything in between are viable options depending on your confidence or the ball flight trajectory and landing spot required to give the ball the most likely chance to stop rolling near the hole.

An option first made popular at the British Open years ago was the putting with a hybrid, chipping option. Putting with a hybrid when faced with a chip shot can be to your advantage for several reasons.

One, using a putting stroke instead of a chip or pitch technique can be more consistent to deliver the club because there are no wrist movements or moving pressure between feet which results in fewer moving parts and therefore, easier and more consistent.

While a putter has very little loft will require the ball to roll longer over the fringed, the hybrid club face has just enough loft, but not too much loft, will start the ball bouncing and rolling over the fringed grass with less resistance, so it will be easier to gauge the speed.

And finally, the hybrid club face is more lively, so the ball will come off the face faster which will allow you to putt from a farther distance from the green.

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