How to Escape From the Deep Rough

How to Escape From the Deep Rough

“WHAT IF?”  My ball lands in the rough where I can hardly see it?

You will need to select a club that will get the ball up and out of the rough.  Since you will not be able to advance the ball with much distance, a shorter club with more loft will produce the best result. Another option would be to use a hybrid club, as the weight behind this club will help get the ball up and out of the rough.

Play the ball position back in your stance.  You want to make certain the club face meets the ball before hitting the grass as you swing through the shot.   Place your weight on your front foot and allow the shaft of your club to lean toward your front thigh.

Hinge your wrists immediately on the takeaway, as this will position your club at the top of the backswing for a steeper angle back down to the ball. Your follow through will be abbreviated as the club descends into the ball.  Remember to hold the club firmly as the grass will tend to close the clubface at impact.

Qs for this shot:

  • Choose a shorter more lofted club for this shot to get the ball up and out of the rough quickly.
  • Play the ball position back in your stance.
  • Keep your weight on your front foot and allow the shaft of the club to lean toward your front thigh.
  • Hold the club firmly.
  • Hinge your wrists on the takeaway. Make a chopping motion down into the ball with a short follow through.


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