Hitting Out of the Rough Tip: How to Use the Bounce of Your Golf Wedge to Hit Out of Deep Grass





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Published on May 7, 2012

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Ken Green, golf instructor at the Aviara Golf Academy, explains how to hit out of the rough using your sand or lob wedge and a properly executed bounce. To discuss this golf tip with other golfers and share your own leave a comment below. We look forward to your feedback.

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Hi, I'm Ken Green from the Aviara Golf Academy and today I'm going to give you a little bit of help on playing out of deep grass around the green.

When the ball is sitting down in the grass, the common mistake that people make is that they try to chop down into and the club just digs into the grass. So a couple of things we need to do to make the club go through the grass.

First we're going to use either our sand wedge or our lob wedge and what we want to learn to do is get the bottom or the bounce of the club to work through the ground. If I get the bottom of the club to work through the ground the club is going to keep sliding through the grass and the grass isn't going to grab.

The second thing I need to do is I need to take a long enough swing so the club can drop and have some momentum to get through the grass. If I go real short, and try to help it with my arms, the club is never going to go through the grass and I'm not going to make very solid contact.

The third this is as I let the club drop is I've got to make sure my body keeps rotating with the momentum of the club. Again I don't want to hit and stop because the thickness of the grass will stop the club.

And the last thing, which is tough for a lot of people, is I have to stay relaxed enough with my arms so the club can actually have a little bit of swing, and when it goes through there the ball is not going to rocket off the club.

Stay relaxed, use the bottom of the club, take a big enough swing so the club can get through the grass, and let the momentum of the swing carry you through to the finish. If you do these things, you'll find you'll have no problem getting that ball out of that deep grass and close to the pin.


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