Unfortunately we don’t hit as many fairways in regulation as we would like so a high percentage of our approach shots towards the green are played from the rough which makes getting the right contact off the face of the club to control our distance and direction a lot more difficult especially so at the moment with the conditions being very wet and the rough being especially long due to the humid weather. So here are a few handy tips to increase your powers of recovery and lower your scores.
INCREASE YOUR GRIP PRESSURE
Due to the fact that your ball is often sitting down more, getting a good contact on the bottom of the ball is impaired as your always going to have the thicker grass acting as a barrier and a resistance point between impact which will cause the club to slow down and rotate, closing the clubface resulting in loss of distance and direction. By increasing your grip pressure your will reduce the twisting effect thus maintaining the loft angle and face alignment.
Once again, due to the ball sitting down in the rough it is far more difficult to get the clubhead onto the back of the ball thus making it more difficult to achieve the right contact. By moving the ball back in your stance it will allow you to hit the ball slightly earlier on the downswing creating a natural steeper angle of attack allowing you to strike more towards the bottom of the ball and reducing the amount of clubface rotation and loss of clubhead speed.
DON’T BE GREEDY!
Many times I have seen golfers trying to hit too much club with not enough loft on the clubface because the distance dictates a long iron or fairway wood that is perceived to be needed. Always remember to put the priority on getting the ball back in play in the fairway to make your next shot much easier.
So next time your down the golf course and hit it into the rough try these small tips and you will find much more joy at getting the ball advancing towards your target. As always we love your interaction so please let me know how you get on and leave your thoughts below.