chopping ball 1I don’t always hit the fairway with my drives. But rather than muscle a 5- or 6-iron out of the rough, I prefer to use my highest-lofted wood (7-wood) and play a long punch-and-run shot, landing the ball short of the green and letting it run up.

There are several advantages to hitting a wood or hybrid from the rough. A wood is lighter, so you can generate more club- head speed—crucial to getting the ball out of the deep grass; it has a wider sole than an iron, which allows the club-head to glide through the grass more easily; and the shallow clubface and lower, deeper center of gravity make it easier to launch the ball into the air.

Try using a wood the next time you find yourself in moderate rough more than a 9-iron distance from the flag. Make sure the front of the green is open and try to land the ball about 20 yards short of the green, chasing it up toward the hole.

Tactic of Long Punch-And-Runchopping ball 2

A)     Set up with the ball in the center of your stance and about 60 per­cent of your weight favoring your left side. Choke down two inches on the grip to shorten the club, and stand about an inch closer to the ball than usual to promote a steeper takeaway.

B)      As you swing the club back, set your wrists early so the shaft forms a letter “v” with your left forearm halfway back. Feel as if your right elbow stays close to your body throughout the back- swing. This will put the club on a steeper path.

C)      Hit down on the ball to minimize the amount of grass you catch between the ball and the clubface, and finish low (hands below shoulder-height). Keep your swing smooth and allow the design of the club to do its job: get the ball airborne.