Shot 2: The Poor Fairway Lie

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The hybrid can of course be used for all fairway shots, the technique broadly similar to the tee shot. But the club is especially useful when the ball is sitting down. Its low profile and low weighting means you can get reasonable launch and carry even when squeezing the ball out of a poor lie. In terms of technique, you just need to change your attack angle from level to downward.

CENTRED BALL

As always, ball positioning is central to controlling attack angle. For the more downward, squeezing strike you need when the ball is sitting down, play the ball in the centre of your stance. Place a tee in the ground a couple of inches holeside of the ball.

BACKSWING: TURN ON TOP OF THE BALL

While on the tee we were looking for width, the feel reverses when the ball is sitting down. Here the feel is more of stacking on top of the ball, with no lateral movement. As you turn, feel pressure under your trail foot instep; never let it slide to the outside.

IMPACT: CREATE SHAFT LEAN

On the way down keep your hips and upper body rotating... but use that tee peg in front of the ball as a reference for the ideal, downward attack. At impact, feel your shirt buttons are level with the tee; when your chest is slightly ahead of the ball, you promote forward shaft lean and the needed, descending strike angle.

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