If you find yourself in the light rough you may feel like you need to go for the green with a wood or play safe with a wedge. As Women & Golf instructor Samantha Head explains, the hybrid is often your best option.

Hybrids are great clubs for using out of light rough. They have a medium size sole which glides through most grass, making it easier to get the ball in the air. With so many different lofts to choose from, there will always be a hybrid to suit your shot.


Hold down the grip by approximately an inch. This will help stabilise the clubhead through the ball to stop the long grass turning the head over. By decreasing the length of the club the ball will fly slightly less distance, however the ball will run further as there is less backspin.

Set-up is key with all hybrid shots. From the rough the ball should be positioned in the centre of your stance (pictured left), but from the fairway it should be further forward than centre, similar to the position when using a 5-iron. Maintaining a good posture throughout the swing will enable a good strike and keeping your head down through impact will encourage the ball to become airborne.

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