Why’d I Do That?
Out of thick rough, you hit it shin-high left
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