Speaker 1: All right, I have driven the ball off line right here in the really thick stuff.
You can see that this grass is up to basically my shin here, and the ball is sitting down in this grass.
I've had people ask me on the blog, they're like saying, "Hey, how do I hit out of this grass? It seems like it always takes me a couple shots." Well, I've got a 5-iron here.
What I really tell people to do, if you had a decent amount of rough here and you want to hit out of it, you must grab the club tightly with the last three fingers of your left hand.
This thick of rough, I'm even going to have to open the face a little bit because I know the grass is going to grab the hosel and it's going to shut this face.
Now, even from here, I'm going to show you what would happen.
I've got a decent amount of club head speed, so if I hit this shot, this ball barely gets out.
That ball maybe flew 50 yards in the air.
I have no control over that shot whatsoever.
When you get in this situation, the best way to play this is to take a club with more loft.
In this case I've got a sand wedge, and this would apply if you're next to the green.
Open the face up.
I've got a 52-degree here.
I'm going to get the ball back in play.
Now, you can't see it here but I've driven it left, there's a fairway bunker right here.
I'm not even going to try to carry this fairway bunker.
This is such a bad lie here, I'm going to go more to the right here, open the face, grab the club tight with the last three fingers of my left hand, and just swing hard.
That ball came out with a lot more height.
You can probably see as it came through.
Again, what I did for my insider's club, we've talked about laying up to a distance when you're in trouble.
Lay up to the distance that you know you can attack the pin on.
At least in this situation, what I've done is I've got the ball back in play.
I'm going to play for bogie.
That is not a bad thought process.
Bogies won't kill you.
Trying to hit this 5-iron, that ball actually rolled into another fairway bunker.
Now I've left myself a difficult shot, or it's even in the rough.
I haven't got it back into play.
Get the ball back in play, play for bogie.
You have a chance to make par.
That is how you start eliminating the bad shots.
What happens, why people make doubles is they have a technical error and they hit it into trouble, then they follow it up with a mental error.
What you need to do is get the ball back in play.
Get it to a position where you can attack the pin.
Use the distances, use the distance scorecard, all the information we've talked about with the insider's club.
That is how you start shooting better scores.
Do not follow up a technical error with a mental error.
You made the technical error.
The mental strength here, the positive mental shot is to get the ball in play.