Originally Posted by Pretzel
I personally would hit my hybrid to the 90 yards out from the green. This takes the hazard out of play by making it unreachable, while leaving me with a short enough shot that I should be able to hit the green. In addition to missing the hazard, having 90 yards out versus 40-60 (you said that the driver shot would roll back) gives me a steeper landing angle and more spin in order to better hold the green should it have fast conditions.
If I pulled the driver into the left side bunker, I'm left with a shot that I personally don't like in a 30 yard bunker shot. The 3-wood for me just puts the hazards much to close to my landing areas for comfort, the 30 yards closer just isn't worth the risk to me if I mis-hit the 3-wood just a bit and it went left or right.
From 90 yards out I feel I have a good chance at putting the ball on the green, and it can get close if I hit a good shot depending on hole location and course conditions. I just feel like I have a better chance to put my ball on the green and give myself a birdie putt (not sure what the green looks like and where the pin is, that could affect how I feel about the sand shot) with a full wedge than a 30 yard bunker shot. Depending on the slope of the green and the pin placement, however, I may be more inclined to hit driver if the bowl would funnel the ball to the hole.
With the hills being pretty steep and those on the right (in hybrid range) sloping towards the fairway I'd like to say that I feel more confident with that answer now than I did before.
- Going just past the hazard on the right with a driver would wind up in the water, courtesy of the mentioned hills
- The only "bad" miss with a hybrid is a slight pull just off the fairway, with that being the only shot with a chance of ending up in the hazard.
- My personal miss, a hook, misses the hazard on the left because it doesn't go so far left as to bring the "finger" of the left hazard into play.
- A miss in the right rough leaves you with a wide green to hit to, as I tend to miss left and right more often than long or short.
- As an added bonus, being on the right side of the fairway means less deviation from the cartpath if the conditions are wet, you're riding, and carts must stay on paths.
Just a couple more thoughts as to why I'd favor the hybrid myself while I wait for the answer from Iacas.