Monday, January 16, 2012

Good Deep Rough Pitch in Golf

A lie in deep rough can be frustrating, especially when its only a short a distance from the green and you can't drive your way out with an iron. "Golf Digest" Top 50 Instructor David Glenz notes that golfers often feel the need to swing with their arms and hack the ball out of the rough; but a choppy swing leads to inconsistent contact. If you turn your body through the swing, however, you will become more consistent and better able to reliably pitch onto the green from deep rough.
Step 1
Line up your shot. Similar to a bunker shot, your goal is to move the clubface through the deep grass and get it underneath the ball. With your wedge, line your toes up square to the target line, which is an imagined line that runs straight from the toes of your back foot, across the toes of your front foot to your intended target -- in this case, the pin.
Step 2
Adjust your stance. You need to be in a balanced stance, with the clubface squared to the ball. The ball, itself, should be lined up just forward of center, toward your target. Make sure your knees are bent and your back is straight, feet firmly planted on the ground.
Step 3
Begin your backswing. Move your club back slowly, keeping your head down and eyes on the ball. When your shaft is vertical, at a 90-degree angle to the ground, your hands should be at, or above, the height of your waist.
Step 4
Pitch the ball. As you bring your club forward, turn your body as you swing. PGA Professional Eddie Kilthau stresses that you must contact he ball at the bottom of your swing to ensure the best hit. The finishing point on your follow-through should mirror the apex of your backswing: a vertical club held in hands at, or slightly above, waist height.

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