We all find ourselves playing in the rough from time to time. Therefore it’s important to make the right decisions on club selection, grip and stance in order to minimize the damage for that hole and your overall score.
When playing in the rough, you’re usually dealing with thick, long and sometimes damp grass. This affects club head speed and the direction of the ball upon impact. With this in mind, your best bet is usually a more lofted club, such as a wedge, that will allow you to punch the ball out of the rough, and lay it in a well positioned spot in the fairway. A higher lofted club might rule out getting on the green, but it also diminishes the risk of not getting it airborne enough to get out of the rough all together.
Grip your club firmly and with a slightly open face and choke up an inch for stability. This helps with control when the grass wraps itself around the club neck, causing the club to twist closed in your hand.
And remember – don’t get too greedy when playing in the rough, something that’s especially tempting when you’re in a deeper lie. The goal is to get yourself back into good position on the fairway, and onto the green in the next shot.
Play smart when you’re playing in the rough. Your scores will improve!