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Ball Sitting Down in Thick Rough
What if the ball lands in the rough where you can hardly see it?
Select a club that will get the ball up and out of the rough. Since you will not be able to advance the ball with much distance, a shorter club with more loft produces the best result. Another option would be to use a hybrid club, as the weight behind this club helps get the ball up and out of the rough.
Play the ball position back in your stance. You want to make certain the clubface comes into contact with the ball before hitting the grass as you swing through the shot. Place your weight on your front foot and allow the shaft of your club to lean toward your front thigh.
Hinge your wrists immediately on the takeaway; this positions the club at the top of the backswing for a steeper angle back down to the ball. Abbreviate your follow-through as the club descends into the ball. Remember to hold the club firmly as the grass will tend to close the clubface at impact.
Rita Reasons is the co-owner of the Nancy Quarcelino School of Golf located at King's Creek Golf Club in Spring Hill, TN. In 2009 she was selected as the LPGA National Teacher of the Year, LPGA Midwest Section Teacher of the Year, and US Kids Golf Top 50 Teacher. She has also been recognized by: Golf Digest as one of Tennessee's Best Instructors, GOLF Magazine as a Top Regional Teacher, and Golf for Women magazine as a Top 50 Teacher. She is co-author of “Staying on Course: Mastering Golf's Most Challenging Shots.” Rita is known as an instructor who motivates her students and educates them to understand the need for strong fundamentals in order to play their best golf. She can be reached at 615-778-8823 or a www.QSOG.com.