Tip of the Month
Tip of the Month – August 2013
By Grant Dalpes, PGA
So the rough is a little deep?
If you have played Desert Lakes in the last couple of weeks you know the rough is getting thick and deep. Sorry about the deep, the Maintenance Crew is trying to keep up. As far as the thick, you can blame Mother Nature for that one. All the rain has kicked the grass into overdrive or over grow in this situation. Overall it is great for the course, but as far as the scores go, it can make it a little tough if you hit it into the rough. Here is a tip on how to hit it out of the rough.
First off, grip the club lighter; not loose, just light. Most people grip the club tighter which actually prevents your wrists and hands from performing their natural action and can slow the club down and bury it into the rough instead of cutting through the rough.
Second, use more loft. Regardless of the distance you have to the hole, the primary goal is to get the ball up into the air, out of the rough and back into play. This may mean laying up to an area as opposed to getting it onto the green. Too often I see players trying to use too little loft in an effort to get the ball all the way to the green or as far as they can. This actually prevents them from advancing the ball as far as they could with a higher lofted club. The ball will roll much further when hitting out of the rough. So use more loft and plan on more roll instead of trying to muscle it out with the longer club.
Last would be ball position. The ball should be about the middle of the stance and in a position where you feel as if it is truly at the bottom of your swing arc. If you get the ball to far back in the stance you are in essence de-lofting the club and not getting the ball up quickly enough to get it out of the rough. If the ball is to far forward, the heel of your club will catch grass and turn the face which just drives the ball further into the ground.
So, those are a few items that will help get your ball up and out of the rough. Give them a try and let me know how they work.
Grant Dalpes, PGA is a 25 year member of the PGA of America and a Titliest Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Golf Fitness Instructor. Lessons & Golf Fitness Evaluations can be scheduled by calling Desert Lakes Golf Shop at (575)437-0290. Lessons are $45 per lesson with numerous series options. Golf Fitness Evaluations cost $99 and include a basic golf lesson, fitness evaluation and emailed fitness regime for golf and last approximately 2 hours.