How to Pitch from Light Rough

Sam Greenwood
The Situation

Your approach shot lands well short of the green, coming to rest in moderate rough about 40 yards from the flag. The pin is cut about 10 paces onto the green.

The Lie

The ball isn't nestled deep, so you don't have to chop it out. You have a chance to get it close with your sand wedge.

The Execution

1. Take a narrow stance with the ball just back of center, and lean the shaft forward so your hands are ahead of the clubhead.

This position promotes a slightly steeper angle of attack so you don't take too much grass.



2. The angle between your left forearm and shaft should not go past 90 degrees.



3. Keep your arms and trunk rotating together through impact

Donald Crawley is director of instruction for th Boulders Golf Academy in Carefree, Ariz.

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