Why’d I Do That?

Out of thick rough, you hit it shin-high left

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play Your Best Jim Mclean -

ometimes it hap­pens even when the ball is sit­ting fine. Long grass wraps around the hosel of the club as it comes into im­pact and yanks the toe over, caus­ing the ball to dart left. It also doesn’t go very far, be­cause the closed face kills the flight.Typ­i­cally, the ball takes a few skips in the rough up ahead and dis­ap­pears. Now you’ve got the same shot all over again. Here’s how to make this one bet­ter:

Grip firmer.A more se­cure hold will help sta­bilise the club­face so it doesn’t turn over as dra­mat­i­cally

Swhen the grass grabs it. Don’t ground your club­head deep into the rough.That can cause you to pull up ex­tra grass on the take­away, cre­at­ing even more to con­tend with at im­pact.

In­stead of us­ing a mid­dle iron, take a shorter one.You’ll nat­u­rally stand closer to the ball and make a more up­right back­swing for a steeper an­gle into the shot.

Make an ag­gres­sive swing, nice and fast through im­pact.Try to hit as close to the ball as pos­si­ble and tear a swath of grass. In the US Open at Oak­mont, Phil Mick­el­son came to the eighth hole in Round 1 at two over par. His tee shot on the par 3 found the high rough left of the green. A mighty slash re­sulted in a line drive across the green into a bunker. Paul Azinger summed it up on TV: “The hosel snatched (to the right), shut the face. Fairly pre­dictable.” Mick­el­son made bo­gey and went on to miss the cut by one stroke. Jim McLean

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