My ball landed on the deep grass by the water…oh my. Join me as I walk through the assessment and set up.
This will be a punch-out to the nearest safe area back out to the fairway. The key to success is in your club selection and set up. The first step is selecting the correct club. A more lofted club, such as a 9 iron or PW is your best bet.
Play the ball back in your stance and place more weight on your front side to encourage ball-first contact. Set your wrists early in the backswing. For a more advanced play: Set up with a slightly open clubface at address.
Pop the club down into the grass aggressively, yes…but down and through. Focus on your landing area in your mind’s eye.
For these types of shots, I prefer three-quarter swings to ensure that I do not fall out of rhythm and simply chop at it. A chop may leave the ball in the rough.The tall grass can close the face pretty easily, so a firmer grip pressure helps keep the face more square through impact.