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The rough on a golf course is virtually anything outside of a fairway, green, hazard or bunker. It consists of longer, thicker grass that is designed to penalize the player. It can often cause an extra stroke to be added to the scorecard if it is particularly tough to hit out of due to thickness and long blades of grass that come up over the clubhead.

Rough Tips

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  • Hybrids Have Many Uses

    Hybrids are very versatile clubs. We use them from the fairway, the tee and from the rough, but we can also use them to hit chip shots around the green. In fact, I find hybrids are some of the easiest clubs to chip with. The wide sole helps prevent digging so if you are a player that sometimes chunks your chip shots, this is the club for you. Simply treat them like you would any other club when hitting a bump and run, but be careful not to add too much forward press and de loft the face. Make a nice pendulum back and through and let the wide sole and lower center of gravity pop the ball up nice and easy.

  • Switch to Hybrids

    If you haven't already, you should switch your 3 and 4 irons out for a 3 and 4 hybrid. Some players even do well staring with a 5 hybrid. They are much easier to hit and more reliable. They are also more versatile allowing you to hit out of the rough easier than with an iron in most cases. The wide sole and lower center of gravity provide a lot of forgiveness on miss hits that you won't get with your long irons. If you are a player that hits behind the ball and sees a lot of inconsistency with long irons, make sure you give hybrids a try.

  • Use Enough Loft From the Rough to Get Back in Play

    When faced with a ball in deep rough it is important first and foremost to pick the right club and one with enough loft that you will be able to get the ball back out in play. Gnarly grass will want to grab your clubhead so you should also make an effort to steepen your swing plane. Standing slightly open and making more of an arms swing than a shoulder turn on your takeaway will help you make your plane more upright. Avoid turning around your body with your shoulders on a flat plane.

  • Hybrids are Easier Than Fairway Woods From the Rough

    When your ball is in the rough a hybrid can be much easier to hit than a fairway wood. Because they have a bit more loft and a more narrow head with weighting at the bottom, they help to cut through the grass whereas a fairway wood can drag and get caught in the grass easier. To play it out of the rough set up similar to how you would if you were hitting an iron out of the rough. Make sure to have a steep angle of attack and a little bit of a more firm pressure with your grip so your hands don't slip if the grass grabs your club.

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