by Frank Peter
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I don't care how good a golfer you are--at some point you'll be stuck in a bad lie. It happens to all of us! Getting the ball out of the rough can be quite a challenge--especially if you don't have a strategy. Here are some tips to help bail you out of a bad situation, and just maybe have some fun doing it!
1. Stand Closer at Address
Standing slightly closer to the ball will create a more upright swing plane, which means the club will encounter less grass on the downswing.
2. Open the Clubface
Opening the clubface (clockwise at address) helps in two ways: First, it gives the shot more loft, which helps it get airborne. Second, the rough often grabs the clubface and pulls it left, so opening it helps keep the shot on line.
3. Move Your Stance Forward
When using the short irons, moving forward over the ball will promote a steeper swing and help "punch" the ball out without catching too much grass.
4. Adjust Your Distance
Rough tends to take backspin off the ball and create a "flier" that goes farther and takes longer to stop. Adjust your target to allow for the added roll.
5. Use a Steeper Approach
On the downswing you should feel as though you are hitting "down and through" with a sharper swing. Don't be afraid to move some grass and take a divot. This is one time to be aggressive!
6. Adjust Your Grip
I normally recommend light grip pressure. However, when hitting in the rough, the left hand should be slightly tighter so the club doesn't turn over when it hits the grass and pull the shot to the left.
3. Make it Happen in the Mind's Eye
Tension can ruin your sand shot faster than anything else. When tension occurs, the swing is inhibited and so is the chance for a good shot. Try to visualize a good shot. Stay muscularly light and mentally positive. Gary Player, one of the worlds' best bu nker players, once said, "If I am one of the greats, it's for one simple reason: no bunker shot has ever scared me and none ever will. Approach every bunker shot with the feeling you are going to hole it."