5 tips on getting out of the rough
|Getting stuck in the rough is not only irritating, it can also put your whole game off track. The frustration of trying to get out can stick around for the rest of the hole, hitting your confidence and leading you to play riskier shots later to make up the lost shot you took getting out of the rough.
But worry not – we’ve got 5 simple tips that should help you defeat the rough…
1. Just get out
No matter where you land in the rough or how good a golfer you are, there’s always the temptation to just play it like any shot and continue up the fairway towards the green so you don’t lose a shot.
But the reality is that, unless you’ve got a really good lie and a clear route to the pin, landing in the rough is probably going to cost you a shot. Try to go for glory and you may well end up mishitting it and ending either in deeper rough or out of position.
The trick is to just take your punishment and then try and get back on the fairway and into position. Even if that just means chipping the ball out of the rough 10 yards on. This tactic means you’re only going to lose one shot, instead of two or three.
2. Avoid the double hit
One big issue with playing out of deep rough is the double hit. This is where you play the ball and then on your follow through swing you hit it again. This is not only classed as a foul but will send your shot off target.
It happens because the rough can slow your swing down to the same speed as the ball as it leaves the club face. To prevent this from happening, you need to have control of your club.
Do this by grabbing firmly to the club with the bottom three fingers of your left hand (assuming you’re a right-handed golfer). This prevents the club face from closing too much. Secondly, try and keep your follow through to a minimum.
3. Take practice swings