Players getting creative around Pinehurst greens

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Hybrids and fairway woods around the greens -- instead of wedges -- will be a common theme this week at the U.S. Open.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 | 10:08 a.m.

We're only a few hours into the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 and there have already been a number of players electing to use a hybrid or fairway wood near the greens instead of a wedge.

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Do you know how to play the shot? The goal is to keep the ball low to the ground and rolling for better control. That's essential on tightly-mown areas and lightening-fast greens.

In this instructional video, PGA Teaching Professional Mark Sheftic from Merion Golf Club -- site of the 2013 U.S. Open -- demonstrates how to utilize a hybrid in your short game:



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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.