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Quick Golf Tips - Taming The Rough


It isn't always your swing that causes bad shots. Sometimes, it's the decisions you make--such as when your tee shot lands in the rough. Say you're about 200 yards from the green. You know you can reach it from there with your 3-wood. But you don't know how the grass will affect your swing. The last thing you want to do is mishit the shot and end up in the rough again, facing the same shot or worse one. Your choices are clear:

* Hit a 3-wood and go for the green, or
* Use a lesser club and play it safe.

Your lie--not your distance--is the key consideration here. To decide what to do, check how deeply the ball is sitting in the grass. Then apply these rules of thumb:


Your lie--not your distance--is the key consideration here. To decide what to do, check how deeply the ball is sitting in the grass. Then apply these rules of thumb:

If the ball is sitting low in the grass--less that half the ball is visible--lay up. The ball is too deep to make solid contact with the 3-wood. Instead, use your 5-hybrid or 6-iron. Swing sharply down on the ball, almost like a punch shot. Finish short with your hands even with your shoulders. Your finish isn't important here, since all you're trying to do is make clean contact.

If the ball is sitting high in the grass--at least half of the ball is visible--go for it. Once you decide, don't hold back. But don't try to swing out of your socks, either. Firm up your grip pressure. Swing smoothly. And make a complete finish with a full release of the clubhead. Your finish should be high. Your hands should end up way above your shoulders.

Don't always blame your swing for bad shots. Sometimes, it's your decision that makes the difference. When you're in the rough analyze your lie carefully. Then, decide on your shot. Knowing when to go for it and when to play it safe can save you from having to put a big number down on the score card after holing out.


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