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Playing Out Of The Thick Rough


Hi there Me and My Golfers I hope you’re enjoying the website, when playing out of thick rough its important to know how to play the shot and also how the severity of the lie can effect it.

But before we get started I wanted to just quickly talk through one key element we see for consistent striking with your irons. In order to get a solid strike we need to have an Attack Angle which we measure from Trackman of between 3 and 7 degrees down when striking the ball depending on the player. This basically means that the club head is descending at the moment of impact between 3 and 7 degrees. We can effect attack angle by changing our set up, by moving the ball further back in the stance and putting more weight on the front leg we will more often than not cause the attack angle to steepen. So imagine if you where in the deep rough and you had a lie with lots of grass behind the ball you need a steeper attack angle to get a more solid strike on the ball. You will generally find that golfers with steep down swings have a higher chance of achieving a solid strike than someone who has a shallower swing.

Here are some thoughts for your set up depending on what lie you have.

Fairway Lie – 55% of the weight on the lead side and ball position normal. The majority of the top 100 players in the world start with slightly more weight favouring the lead side than the standard 50-50 we’ve generally been told.

Semi to heavy rough and into the grain lie – 70% of the weight on the lead side and ball position in the centre of the stance. This is when we need to steepen the attack angle even more so we can miss the rough behind the ball as much as we can. You will find this especially useful when the ball is lying against the grain off the grass, when you are hitting against the grain of the grass it will slow the club head down quicker so its important to get the steeper attack angle to limit the effect of the rough. When swinging you may want to feel as though you shorten the length of the back and through swing creating a punch shot feeling but it is not always necessary, you will need to work that out through practice. It is also worth choosing a slightly more lofted club than normal as the ball could have a slightly lower trajectory and will definitely come out of the rough with less back spin which will make it run more.






Deep rough lie – 80% of the weight on the lead side and ball position back near the trail foot. The objective of hitting your shot out of the deep rough is to literally just get it out. You need to go for one of your most lofted clubs. The back swing will have more wrist set, by using more wrists on the back swing you will help to create the steepest angle possible. Whilst in such thick long rough and because of the steepness of the back and down swing you will probably not have much of a follow through because of this you will have to grip the club tighter to help control the club face and under no circumstances should you try and lift the ball out the rough, trust the loft and hit down hard. You just have to make sure you can get the ball back in play, it won’t look the prettiest but this shot has to be effective.

Let us know how you get on with this and as always if you have content ideas you want us to film or write an article on let us know. Thanks and happy golfing.




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  1. The Viscount

    Hi Guys. I have only recently joined, so for the moment at least I am like kid in a lolly shop. This seems quite good & I will keep it in mind should the situation arise. For the moment I am tryi…

    1. Andy

      Thanks for the comment! We wouldn’t say dropping the arms from the top. The body really pulls the arms down, this really helps create some speed and power.

  2. fglazener

    Used to have terrible problems getting out of our tough rough. Problem solved. Golf is really simple when you know how it works! 🙂