Playing From the Deep Rough

Updated: August 2, 2011
Michelle Wie


Playing a shot from the deep rough is one of the hardest trouble shots in golf. So much depends on the lie. There are so many things that can go wrong. You can never be sure how the ball is going to come out.

There are a couple of adjustments you can make when playing from the deep rough. You will need to make changes to your setup depending on the type of lie you have.

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Here are 5 golf tips you can use when playing from the deep rough

1. Club Selection – If the grass is growing away from the target, take one more club than you would normally play for the distance if you were in the fairway. Position the ball a little further back in your stance. If the grass is growing towards your target, then take one less club than normal.

2. Stand closer to the ball – This will help you swing the golf club more vertically.  This will get the golf club in and out of the grass more quickly, reducing the overall effect the grass will have on your golf club.

3. Open the club face – You cannot stop the grass from grabbing the hosel and closing the club face.  By opening the club face you can help to offset the effect the grass will have on the golf club.

4. Grip the club tighter – The grass is going to grab and twist the golf club during the downswing. You will need to grip the club tighter to combat the effect the grass will have.

5. Cock your wrists – When playing from the deep rough, you want to use a steeper swing and come down sharply on the ball to minimize the time the club face is in contact with the grass.

Having to play out of the deep rough is never an easy task. Follow these 5 tips for playing out of the deep rough and you will find these golf shots a bit easier to deal with.


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