3 Different Ways to Play Lies in the Rough

3 Different Ways to Play Lies in the Rough

When we play golf and miss a green in the rough we are often faced with several different lies. I have three different lies to demonstrate for you here today. The first lie is a pretty good lie where the ball is sitting up, the second one is a lie where the ball is sitting down a little bit more and then the third one is where the ball really sits down. You play all three of these a little differently.

Strategy for Playing Different Lies

  • When the ball is sitting up you want your path to be traveling level to the ground. Most golfers try to go more up and down and they hit underneath the golf ball. So when I set up for this first one with the ball sitting up, I am going to play the ball back a little bit in my stance, hands forward and take a level swing to the ground so that I can contact the ball with very little grass.
  • The second one is when the ball starts to sit down, I want to make sure that I catch the ball instead of the grass. If I were to come level through there I would get a lot of grass between the clubface and the all. Now what I am going to do is move the ball back in my stance and in my backswing I am going to hinge my wrists more upward. This allows the clubhead to go more downward into the ground so that I catch the ball and not the grass.
  • So I am going to set up here, hands are a little forward, ball is back, I am going to hinge my wrists and hit down and into the grass to propel that ball forward. Now the third one that is really sitting down, you need to test the situation, so go to a similar lie and find out if you can swing through the grass or not because a lot of times it is sitting down so much that the club gets caught up in the grass.

Then, similar to the ball sitting down just a little bit, I am going to move the ball back, I am going to set up to it, I am going to hinge my wrist, but on this one I am just going to leave the club just down in the ground, because it is hard to swing through it. Ball is back, my hands are forward, I am going to hinge the club up, and just leave the club down and it pops the ball up an on to the green. So when you are practicing golf, practice with the good lie, the bad lie and the ugly lie. Try different angles of approach and you will be more successful in the long grass.

Category: Bad Lies
Sub-Category: Wrist, Short Game, Ball Position
About the Instructor
Mike McGetrick
Mike McGetrick
McGetrick Golf Academy
4900 Himalaya Road, Building Q
Denver, CO 80249
Tel: 303-799-0870

Mike McGetrick heads the Mike McGetrick Golf Academy which is located in beautiful Denver, Colorado and features one of the most modern golf instruction facilities in the world. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #7


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