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Tips from LPGA Tour Pros:


How to hit out of the 

Deep Rough


Stuck in the heavy stuff? Top LPGA tour pros share their secrets for getting your ball safely back in play.


Karrie Webb:

"I play the ball toward my back foot, put a little more weight on my front foot and open my stance and clubface.  Instead of taking a full swing, I hit a cut punch shot with a shorter follow through. Playing it this way stops the rough from grabbing the heel of the clubface and turning over.


Juli Inkster:

"What I try and do is lighten my hands, take a steeper backswing and just accelerate through the shot. Don't worry about advancing the ball too far."


Patricia Meunier-Lebouc:

"If you're in heavy rough around the green, use a lob wedge and play it like a bunker shot. Open the clubface and bring it into the ball at a steep angle.  Take the minimum amount of grass and use the bounce of the club, thumping the sole against the ground before following through.


Betsy King:

"If the grass is really deep, you have to hit the ball first and the grass second, using a more vertical downswing. I usually take an extra club and try to hit it smoothly.  The high numbered woods, like a 7 or 9 wood, help a lot out of the rough."


Sandra Haynie:

"If you're in deep rough, take trying to get on the green out of the equation.  Just extricate yourself and get your ball back into play.  You don't necessarily have to swing harder to get it out, either.  Just don't compound your problem by failing to get out of the rough."


Nancy Lopez:

"I try not to get in it!  But if I do, I use a more lofted club because the grass tends to grab the clubhead and close it down, which causes a lower than normal shot."


Dottie Pepper:

"I move the ball bck in my stance and play a slight cut, with more upright swing."


Carol Mann:

"The very best thing to do is get the ball back in play as quickly as possible. It's called 'taking your medicine'.  Sacrifice the fewest number of strokes possible.  Also, don't try to advance the ball too far. A 60 to 80 yard shot is fine."


Val Skinner:

Club selection is your number one decision, based on how deep the rough is and how thick it feels.  Sometimes an 8-iron is the most club you can use because you need loft to be able to get the ball out."



Source: Golf For Women, July/August 2003.  

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