Identifying Three Types of Lies in the Rough

By Tim Cusick

Identifying Three Types of Lies in the Rough

Which Club Should I Use to Hit Out of the Rough?

I have three scenarios right here in the rough.

  • I have one ball that is sitting on top of the rough, and with that shot where my club is right now, every club in my bag is in play. It is very easy to let the club glide across the grass and get this ball out of the rough.
  • The second one is one where the rough is growing against the grain. My ball needs to go in this direction but the grass is growing in the other direction . When I have that it is very difficult for me to use a straight faced club, I have to use a little bit of a more lofted club and I have to gauge how much resistance that grass is giving me as to what club I am going to use. The more resistance the more loft I have to use to get the ball out of the rough.
  • The third one I have you can barely see. This one is sitting down in the rough and this lie that I have right here there are only a few clubs in my bag that are in play and those are all lofted clubs.

On Difficult Golf Shots from the Rough, Hit Back into Play

Although I am 150 yards from the green I have to choose a club that will get me back in play so that I can minimize those double and triple bogies on my score card and at worst make a bogey. Get this ball back in play, give myself to get this ball on the green make a one or two putt and I can get out with a bogey instead of sitting in here and try to hit a seven or 8-iron out of this and just walk it up through the rough bad shot after bad shot after bad shot. So when I have a difficult lie use a lofted club. When the grass is growing against the direction that I am aiming then a lofted club and when the ball is sitting up nicely in the rough or the grass is growing towards the target any club is in play.

Analyze the grass and your lie before you choose your club and you are going to be more successful with your golf shots.

Category: Putting
Sub-Category: Alignment, Bad Lies, Reading Greens

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