How to Hit Chip Shots Out of Thick Rough and Bad Lies
Hitting a chip shot from deep grass is not difficult if you
Hey golfers, I'm PGA Teaching Professional Todd Kolb for About.com. I'm going to give you some tips on how to hit a chip shot out of deep rough.When your ball comes to rest in an area around the green where there's some really thick grass, or what we may call "deep rough," there are a couple things you need to know before you hit a chip shot. The first thing that you want to know is that you want to use a golf club with a lot of loft on it. So I'm going to recommend you use at least a sand wedge, or whatever the most lofted club in your bag is. The second thing that you need to know is where we position the ball and how we stand. So when the ball is in the thick grass or deep rough, you're going to move it more toward your back foot. So for me as a right-handed golfer, this means I'm going to position the ball more toward my right foot.What this will do is it will help me catch the ball on a descending motion, which is probably the most important thing when it comes to chipping out of the deep grass. You have to make sure you catch the ball as much as possible versus catching all of that long grass. Moving the ball back will help you do that.The third thing that we want to do is you want to make sure you move your hands back slightly. You don't want to keep your hands way in front on a chip shot like this around the green, and the reason for that is in order to get the golf club through the long grass, you need some speed. If you have speed with a lot of loft, the ball will go up versus forward. So once again, if you're set up to hit a chip shot out of the deep grass, number one is you've got to have a club with a lot of loft. Number two is you've got to move the ball back toward your back foot—which would be the right foot for me, a right-handed golfer—so that I can ensure I'm going to hit down on the golf ball and have good, quality contact. Third, and finally, I want to make sure that my hands are back a little bit so that I have a lot of loft as I come through the golf ball. Now the final thing I want to talk about is the actual motion. When you go to hit the chip shot, I want you to feel like you're going to pick the club up slightly, and actually hit down on the golf ball a little bit. Once again, this will help you create a better contact with the ball, and not all of the grass that's around the ball. So hitting a chip shot from that deep thick grass is not a really difficult shot if you understand some basic core concepts that we've talked about; and if you do these things you'll find that the ball will pop out nice and hopefully you'll one-putt for a nice up-and-down. For more information, visit About.com.