Good evening to you all, I trust you have had a good weekend of golf? I have just about recovered from a trip to Belfast for Jane's cousins wedding. We had a great time and considering I am not a Guinness fan I felt I drank my fair share! We took in the Titanic museum which was very interesting and also an open top bus tour which taught me a lot about the conflict that has happened there in recent years. I would highly recommend a long weekend if you ever get the chance.
Along with the Masters, I look forward to the US Open because it brings a host of challenges for the players and this will certainly prove the case for Jason Palmer. You may remember me mentioning his name just as the season got underway after he qualified for the tour, but he did it with a very unusual chipping method. After years of trying to chip (unsuccessfully) with two hands because of the chipping yips, he decided to chip with just one hand. This transformed his game and now he is about to take on the worlds best at one of the hardest courses in America.
Chambers Bay in Washington looks a typical US Open course with tight drives an long rough to penalise anyone who strays off line, which will put a premium on hitting fairways and greens. The long rough will make it very hard to get the ball back into position to make a birdie or par. A lot of courses in the area are experiencing similar conditions with the combination of warmer weather and rain providing ideal growing conditions.
Having the ball sat down in long rough is far from ideal and can add a serious amount of shots to your score. If you should find yourself in long heavy rough then have a look at my tips below for effectively getting back into position.
1. Take a more lofted club than normal - The more lofted the club the easier it is for the club to travel through the grass. From long distance this may leave you short of your target, but in a better position.
2. Hold the club tighter to avoid the heel/hosel of the club getting tangled in the grass and the club face closing.
3. Move the ball position to the back of your stance, this creates a steeper angle of attack and increases the chance of making contact with the ball rather than the grass.
4. Make a full follow through - this should ensure that you have increased the speed of the club head from the start of your down swing and through impact with the ball.
5. Be careful! If the rough is that long then you may risk the chance of injury to your wrist or back.
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