Speaker 1: I'd like to talk to you about trouble shots around the greens.
In this case it's severe rough.
As a member of the PGA Tour for 12 years, I saw a lot of amateurs get in some very severe lies, and I'm gonna put this down at the bottom.
This is some deep rough.
A lot of the amateurs I would see get in these situations had a hard time getting out, much less having success getting it on the green and potentially getting it up and down.
Probably the most common error that I see in this is lack of rhythm.
It's more of a panic stroke.
I'll kind of show you what I don't want you to do and what I do want you do to.
A lot of students will get into this and they'll realize it is severe rough, it's deep, it's got to be hit hard, and I'll see this.
I'll see a real quick stroke.
They're basically panicking, they're not really trusting their stroke.
What I'd like to see out of my students whenever they get in situations like this is they take the lie, put it down ...
This is something you can practice.
Put it down near the bottom.
Try not to panic.
Think of some of the assets you have going for you in a shot like this.
One of them is the bottom of the club, you've got bounce.
Open up the club face, use the bounce.
Another one is the weight of the golf club.
This is a sand wedge, a lob wedge in this case.
It's the heaviest club in my bag.
Get on the end of the club, use all the weight.
Try not to choke down.
Use all the weight in the golf club.
Another one is, think about what produces the most power in your golf swing.
A lot of people will say hand speed.
I think good rhythm produces power at the right location, which is at impact.
Whenever you're in a shot like this, relax, use good rhythm, allow the club face, allow the weight of the club, and allow your rhythm to produce the power necessary to hit a golf shot like this.
When you get in this deep rough situation, don't panic.
Relax, use the weight of the club, open up the club face, and allow the rhythm of the stroke to get it up and out of this deep grass.
It's not a very difficult shot if you just use some nice smooth rhythm.
You'll see the ball get out, no problem.
If you get in these real hazardous situations around the green, particularly deep rough, use your assets.
Think of the loft of the club, the bounce of the club, the weight of the club, and good rhythm in your stroke.
I think you'll find that you can get out of these lies a lot more consistent and have some success and maybe even get a few of them up and down for par.