Escape with more success from deep, thick rough

By Vikki VanderpoolSeptember 22, 2012, 9:00 pm

Accuracy off the tee has been a necessity this week at the Tour Championship, as the rough at East Lake is deep, thick and challenging.

Driving the ball in the fairway is obviously a great start to playing well on any course, but inevitably even tour players are going to find the rough from time to time, as will you. And when playing out of thick rough there are a few important things for an average player to keep in mind.

The first thing you need to do is make sure you take enough loft to get the ball out of the lie you’ve drawn and back into good position.

If you have a terrible lie, or even a marginal one, take your medicine, grab a lofted club, and put the ball back in play. Trying to be too ambitious can lead to an unnecessary big number that can ruin a round.

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It’s also important to make a steeper swing, or what is sometimes referred to as a “V” swing, which will create a sharper angle of attack to the ball. This will help you avoid hitting a lot of grass behind the ball and getting your club stuck before or at impact.

To create this steeper angle of attack, start with your weight more forward at address. At the start of your takeaway, move the clubhead up abruptly rather than keeping the club low going back and continue to keep your weight on your front foot.

On the downswing, keep your trailing elbow close to your body and rotate through to the target. Use your body rotation and not just your hands to force the club through the rough.

And finally, long, thick grass typically will wrap around the hosel and twist the clubface closed at impact, making it easy to pull shots way off line, so consider the following options to keep that from happening.

It’s okay to grip the club a bit tighter when you’re in a thick lie, as this will help keep the club from twisting in your hands at impact.

Another option is to rotate the clubface slightly open and re-grip the club that way at address. This effectively will give you a head start in case the clubface twists closed at impact.

Keep these thoughts in mind the next time you find yourself in deep, thick rough and you’ll be able to recover more successfully.

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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”

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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.

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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.