#1 Tip to Play Out of Deep Rough

By Hank Haney

Playing shots out of the deep rough is difficult for every player that plays the game. Even when you watch the British Open sometimes you see players that are having a hard time just getting the ball back to the fairway. Well that is the first thing you want to make sure you accomplish, get out of trouble and back into play.

The Wrong Way to Get Out of Bad Lies

Most amateur golfers try to make something out of nothing and end up piling strokes on top of strokes, so back to the fairway as quick as you can. I have picked out a 7-iron to try to play this shot with, and all I am going to try to do is get it out of the deep rough and up near the green. I am going to play this shot in kind of a slice manner.

Deep Approach into the Ball

I have to get a deep approach into the ball, so I am going to have a steeper swing. I take the club back more outside and hit down more. This will allow me to get into the grass and get the ball out. One of the things that you have to watch out for in the deep rough is that this grass will tend to grab the grass and twist the clubface closed.

So when I hit a shot out of deep rough I am going to start out with the clubface just a little open and I am going to have a firmer than normal grip. When I swing I am going to make sure that I hold that clubface open coming through the shot. Remember, a little bit outside with my swing path and hold the clubface open coming through the shot. That will allow the golf club to get into the grass and get underneath the golf ball.


Category: Bad Lies
Sub Categories: Course Strategy, Grip, Swing Plane

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Hank Haney
Hank Haney
Hank Haney Golf Ranch
2791 S. Stemmons Freeway
Lewisville, TX 75067
Tel: 972-315-5300