How to Hit a Hybrid Pitching Wedge

By Steve Silverman

Hybrid golf clubs have been a boon to golfers of all levels, but particularly for medium- and high-handicap players. Hybrid clubs are, as the name suggests, a hybrid of the woods and irons, but with a very low center of gravity that makes it easy to hit the ball high in the air. Although most hybrids replace the long irons, you can find hybrid versions of all irons, including the pitching wedge. The key to hitting the hybrid pitching wedge is to let the club do the work.

Line up with your feet about hip-width apart and the ball midway between your front foot and your back foot. Make your your shoulders, feet and hips are aligned parallel to your target line.

Move your hands down the shaft for chips shots or use a normal grip (about a half- to quarter-inch from the top of the club) for a full swing.

Use a sweeping motion to hit the ball. Drag the club back along the ground in the backswing and sweep the ground 2 inches past the ball on the follow-through. Don't try to lift the ball and don't try to hit down on it. The low center of gravity in the clubhead is designed to ensure a high ball flight.

About the Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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