We’ve all had some bad shots. Maybe you got the angle wrong, or a breeze picked up out of nowhere, and now you’re stuck trying to get back on the green from the rough.
Depending on the time of year, the tall grass of the rough can be especially difficult to get out of.
If you don’t get it right the first time, this can negatively affect your overall score. So how do you do it?
Here are some of our best tips.
Try A High-Lofted Club
When you’re hitting a ball from the rough, what you really want to do is get it up and clear of the grass. You’ll need a high-lofted club to get the height that you want.
Your best bet will be either a wedge or a 9-iron. After you’ve chosen your club, you can move on to the rest of the tips on this list.
Think Through Your Choice
Golf is a mental sport. Every decision has to be weighed and thought out — what club you use, how much power you’ll use as you swing.
When those careful choices don’t work out and we end up in the rough, we can get so frustrated that we forget to take a second to think.
The extra grass is going to slow your club down when you swing. Make sure you grip the club tightly and cut back on follow through.
If you really want to get a feel for how the rough affects your club, take some practice swings first. That will let you feel how much you’re slowed down so that you can adjust.
Adjust Your Stance
To hit from the rough, you’ll want to make sure that the ball is in the middle of your stance. If it’s halfway between your front and back foot, you’re good to go.
You should also stand five to seven centimeters closer to the ball than you usually would. This will also help you with getting height on the ball since it will give you a more vertical swing.
Use Your Whole Body
Like we said above, you should adjust how you hold your club and the power you use as you swing. Other than that, don’t overcorrect.
You should still rotate your hips and shoulders just like you would on a fairway. Without that movement, you’re limiting yourself.
Open Your Club Face
This is another way to compensate for the longer grass. The friction of the grass will close your club face, so opening it before you swing will offset the effect.
If you’re right-handed, open your club a few degrees to the right. For lefties, vice-versa.
This makes sure that you hit the ball with your entire club face after you swing.
Hit From The Rough!
With these tips, you’re ready to impress your friends and hit from the rough like a pro. Make sure to try this out the next time you’re out on the fairway.
Did these tips work for you? Let us know in the comments!