Chipping your Golf Ball out of Deep Rough

By Brent Franklin

Chipping your Golf Ball out of Deep Rough

Tips for Hitting from Bad Lies in Deep Grass

Hi, I am Brent Franklin with the Mike McGetrick Golf Academy here in Denver, and what I would like to talk to you today about is lies, bad lies around the edge of the green and how to get the ball up out of this grass. The common problem I see is that people try to help the ball out of the grass. They get set up, they see the ball is nestled down in the grass, they have a target and they try to lift the ball out of the grass. They try to do something crazy with their body. What ends up happening is they end up blading it or they leave it in the grass.

  • The trick to this shot is actually striking down on the shot to actually pop it up out of the grass.
  • I am getting set up to hit it, depending on how big a swing I need to make, if it is just a short shot on the edge of the green my stance is width accordingly. If it is not a big shot it is not a real big stance.
  • I have my weight evenly distributed, even slightly on the left hand side.
  • The ball position though is going to be middle to slightly back. The reason for this is you want a descending blow to get the club into the grass and get the ball to pop up.
  • The last thing you want to do is make sure that face does not turn over when you hit the shot. You don't want to flip it or change the loft of the club because that will change the distance that the ball comes out, especially around the greens.
  • Feet comfortable distance, I am always a little open to the target on shorter shots which means my feet, shoulders and hips are aiming just a little left of where I am trying to go.

Have More Success Hitting from the Thick Grass

The main thing is I am striking down on the shot to get it out of the grass and do not let that face roll over, try to hold that face firm. You don't need a big follow through for this shot. Let's try one. So, I held the club nicely through the grass, the ball popped up out of there nicely. The next time you are in deep rough around the green try this set up and I am sure it is going to help.


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