Wouldn’t it be nice if every single drive that you hit went right down the center of the fairway?
The reality is that some of our tee shots find their way into the rough, and we just have to deal with it.
Knowing the right club to use in these situations can be the difference between a bogey and a blow up hole. Fairway woods have bulky club heads that can easily get stuck in the long grass, so you definitely want to keep those in the bag.
This leaves you with just two other options – hybrids or long irons. So…how do you know which one to choose? Just follow these simple guidelines…
When to use a hybrid club: When distance is more important than accuracy hybrid clubs are the way to go. They have a compact head that helps them glide easily through light rough, a low center of gravity that helps them pop the ball up quickly, and a forgiving design that delivers distance even on off center hits. If there’s not much trouble around and you want to blast the ball up to the green this is the way to go.
When to use a long iron: When accuracy is paramount leave your hybrid in the bag and reach for a long iron. Long irons can cut through the rough like butter, but if you don’t hit them just right your ball won’t travel very far. This lack of distance on a mishit can actually be a blessing if there is trouble to the left or right of your target and you can’t afford to launch one off line very far.
At the end of the day it’s always about making the smart play when you’re in the rough. Hybrids and long irons are great in short to mid length rough, but in deep grass it’s a different story.
If you are lining up your shot and you don’t feel confident with a hybrid or a long iron don’t be afraid to club down and grab an 8 iron or even your favorite wedge to chip out.
When you hit a drive off line it’s easy to try and make up for it with a miracle shot, but we all know that can be the easiest way to turn a 5 into an 8. Instead swallow your pride, check your emotions, and make the smart play. Your scorecard will thank you!
Daniel is the Head of Golf Instruction at IMAGEN Golf and Best Selling Author of “Unleash The Golfer Within”.