How to Select a Golf Club When You're in the Rough

By Tim Cusick

How to Select a Golf Club When You're in the Rough

What Club to Use to Hit Out of the Rough?

I have just gotten over to my golf ball. I hit my tee shot into the rough so I brought a variety of clubs over with me to see what club I can use out of this rough. The ball is sitting down pretty good in the rough so I have to go through a process of elimination.

Long irons are Tough to Hit Out of the Rough

First I brought my 3-iron, I will make a practice swing and see how this goes through the grass. I can feel the club catching the rough. irons usually are not very good out of the rough if it is a long club because the rough tends to grab around the hozzle and it closes the face very quickly, so I am going to eliminate this one.

Woods Slide Through the Rough Better Than irons

Next one I am going to pick because of the distance is a three wood. As I set the club down the ball is sitting down too much for me to use the three wood, so I am going to discard this one. So I am down to my five wood and my 20 degree hybrid. Both of these clubs should be good for this shot, the five wood has enough loft to launch the ball up in the air, the hybrid has enough loft and it slides through the grass much easier. Woods are better out of the rough than irons if the distance calls for it because the club will slide through the rough and not catch in the rough. I am more comfortable with a fairway wood that has some loft on it and that is my five wood.

Always Take a Practice Swing When Hitting Out of the Rough

I am going to use my five wood and play this shot, but what I want to do is make a couple of practice swings first to feel how that club is going through the grass, to see if it is catching. It seems to be sliding through the grass easily so I just have to make sure that I make a little bit of a descending blow when I play this shot so that I pop the ball out of the rough. Let's give it a go. I was able to get down into that grass nicely and I never felt the club catch in the rough. A lofted fairway wood out of the rough is a very good selection and an alternative would be a hybrid. When you play out of the rough make sure you give yourself a practice swing first to see how the club goes through the grass and use a club that is going to get you out of the rough, you will have a chance to be in play more often.

Category: Bad Lies
Sub-Category: Practice, Fairway Shots, Tee Shots, Distance

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