learn how and when to use these ver­sa­tile clubs

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - 3-Wood V 3-Hybrid - by anna nordqvist —with guy yo­com

Some play­ers think of fair­way woods and hy­brids as fall-back op­tions for when you want to play safely off the tee or hit the ball some­where near the green on a par 5. Not me. I see them as of­fen­sive weapons. On the last hole of the LPGA Cham­pi­onship in 2009, I was con­tend­ing for my first ma­jor and fac­ing a back-left pin from 195 yards. I hit my 21-de­gree hy­brid to three feet and made birdie to win. ▶ As for my 15-de­gree fair­way wood (the equiv­a­lent of a 3-wood), the best I ever hit it was on the par-5 18th hole in the fi­nal round of the ANA In­spi­ra­tion last April. Look­ing down a 200-yard shot to an is­land green, I knocked it on and made a two-putt birdie that al­most put me in a play­off. ▶ Choos­ing one of these clubs over the other is not just about dis­tance. My max­i­mum carry with the hy­brid is 195 yards, and my 3-wood carry dis­tance starts at 210, but the cir­cum­stances are im­por­tant. Let’s take a closer look.

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