BEAT THE ROUGH WITH A STEEPER DOWNSWING

To hit good shots out of the rough, you need speed on both sides of the ball.

By that I mean club head speed as you swing into impact and ball speed coming out of the grass.

The first part comes from catching as little grass as possible before impact, and the second from jumping the ball out of the rough with some loft.

Open the club head slightly to help prevent the grass from shutting the face before impact.  That will set up a little fade, so aim your body more to the left.

Then set more weight on your front foot, swing back and pull the butt of the club down toward the ball.

That pulling action will create a steeper angle into impact, so you’ll catch the ball cleaner.

The more speed and loft you have at impact, the better your chances of getting out of the heavy stuff.

We should embrace a challenge and understand that often the greatest help is instruction and encouragement – no one can do the work for you.  You must put in the work but practice productively.  Golf rewards those who practice smart.

 

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