How to Chip from Deep Rough

How to Chip from Deep Rough

Here's one of those shots in golf that just does not seem fair. You just missed the green and now you are in some deep rough. You can hardly even see your ball. In fact that is the first thing you have to make sure of, you need to make sure that it is your ball. So identify your ball by moving the grass gently out of your way just to see that it is you ball.

The Right Club to Play Out of Deep Rough

Now to play this shot you want to use a sand wedge. It's the heaviest club in your bag, has the most loft and it has a flange on the bottom so it will work great for this shot. There is a lot in this shot that is similar to a sand shot. You set the face down open, take an open stance and place the ball just about in the middle of your stance.

Then you pick your arms up quickly, a little bit of wrist cock to go with it and then set the club back down in the grass right behind the ball. There's not a lot of follow-through. You just let the club sink down into the grass and allow the loft of the club to pop the ball right out.

One thing that you have to remember is that the clubface must be open when it comes through the shot and the grass will have a tendency to close the clubface. So hold on a little firmer with your grip and make sure that you keep the clubface open coming through the shot. That will allow you to get the ball up into the air and onto the green. It's a tough lie but you can make it easier with this technique.

Category: Chipping
Sub-Category: Short Game, Grip
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Hank Haney
Hank Haney
Hank Haney Golf Ranch
2791 S. Stemmons Freeway
Lewisville, TX 75067
Tel: 972-315-5300

Hank Haney is the instructor to PGA Tour Pros Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #4 instructor in the world.


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