Remember Todd Hamilton? It was Hamilton who showed the world just how versatile a hybrid club could be, getting up-and-down an astonishing 13 of 14 times when chipping with his utility club at the 2004 Open at Royal Troon. In a playoff with Ernie Els, he took out his hybrid on the final hole and chipped it to 2 feet from nearly 40 yards away to sew up his lone major title and second and final PGA Tour win.
This week, The Open returns to Royal Portrush and Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951, and much like Royal Troon and the other courses in the Open Championship rota, players can expect to find tight, undulating fairways around the greens—perfect conditions for the hybrid chip. To learn how to execute this bump-and-run method, check out the video tip below from GOLF Academy lead coach Chris George. All week long we’re sharing tips from our coaches on how to best play links golf, so please make sure to check back here tomorrow for more pointers on how to handle these challenging conditions.