Hybrids are not just dodgy looking cars that can go tot the moon and back on one tank of petrol you know? Over the last 10 years hybrids have played some of the most critical shots in major golf. How about Y E Yangs stone dead approach on the final hole at Hazeltine to beat Tiger to the 2009 PGA Championship? That was played with the TaylorMade Rescue TP hybrid. Seven years ago Todd Hamilton used a Sonartec MD on almost every hole in Royal Troon when he won the 2004 British Open.
Last week at Augusta National where approach shot accuracy is critical, K.J. Choi alternated between four and three hybrids in his bag. The longest iron in Choi's bag during the first round was a seven iron, but put back in his six iron from then on and went with only three hybrids.
His aforementioned countryman YE Yang carries four hybrid clubs all the time, namely a two, three, four and five hybrid. The longest iron in his bag is a six iron. His coach calls him “Grandpa” because his bad resembles that of an old man.
"Three weeks ago, I felt that to contend at major championships, I had to be able to get the ball up in the air, higher, and to stop the ball on the greens better," Choi said through his interpreter Friday afternoon. "That's why I put the hybrids in the bag. When I tried it, it made playing the par 3s much easier. I still don't feel that I'm 100-percent comfortable with those hybrids, but I still plan to continue using them."
Phil Mickelson has been fairly going through his drivers recently. After cracking the face of his Callaway FT tour in Houston last week, rumours are that the same thing happened during the first round of the Masters. He was carrying two drivers at the time. Some say it was to shape shots, other just say it was “contingency”!
It seems you’re a nobody in the pro ranks these days unless you have a custom designed putter headcover. Titleist head putting guru Scotty Cameron may be the pound for pound king of the short stick but he’s not shabby with the covers aswell. Here’s his latest 2011 Masters commemorative putter. The cover is set to be sold to members of website for, wait for it, $116 bucks. And that doesn’t even include a putter!