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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Charlie Rymer on the 100-Yard Approach from the Rough (Video)

Here's a video Charlie Rymer did for Morning Drive. This is a shot not often covered in teaching videos -- the 100-yard approach shot from the rough.

Charlie gives you four steps:
  • Take a longer club. Charlie's taking one longer.
  • Open the clubface. You want to the ball to go up.
  • Put the ball forward in your stance. Same reason -- get the ball up.
  • Make a three-quarter swing at your normal full swing speed. In other words, this isn't some sort of soft shot.
As Charlie notes, your lie affects what you can do. But assuming that you have a decent lie, his pointers are a good place to start.


  1. For me, when hitting out of the rough, getting good contact on the ball is my primary concern. I use the three-quarter backswing on all of my shots from the rough regardless of distance. Like Charlie demonstrated, it is still a full or mostly full follow through. And as Charlie demonstrated, when using the three-quarter backswing, go one club longer to compensate.

    Given that you are opening the club face slighty, should you aim slightly left of target? Or does the ball forward in your stance offset that issue?

    Thanks for posting this.

    1. I think you have to find out with a little practice, Jeffrey. Here's why: It should work like a sand shot, where the grass gets between the clubface and the ball so the ball comes out fairly straight. But depending on how thick the rough is, and how much it grabs and twists the club, and just how you naturally make a short iron shot -- some players prefer an open stance, some a square stance -- opening your stance may make you pull the shot. You need to determine what your tendency is, then set up so you know where the ball's going when YOU hit the shot.