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How to Have Success from Greenside Rough
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by Gord Percy, PGA of Canada Head Professional, Carleton G&YC

Early in the year we might miss a few extra greens. This means coping with and achieving success out of poor/buried lies around the edges of greens is crucial to scoring success.  The technique required to get out of thick rough is slightly different than the standard chip shot motion that most professionals teach.  This is a shot you see more often on television when professionals are hitting out of the long rough that is prevalent around their greens every week.

Like a normal chip shot you should setup the same:

1. choke down on the grip so you are close to ball

2. ball back in stance

3. hands and weight ahead

However the key difference in the shot requires that on the back swing you need to hinge upwards with your wrists on a steep angle/plane. (Photo 1) On a standard chip you will not be using your wrists (Photo 2) and out of long grass your club will travel too shallowly and catch on the way back and on the way down.  By allowing your wrists to get the…

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