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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Nick Clearwater on Hitting from the Rough (Video)

Clearwater's Morning Drive tip on getting your ball out of the rough is simple, and it can help you get better results from your other shots as well.

Basically all he's talking about is spine angle. Excessive lean with your upper body, regardless of whether you lean away from the target or toward it, will affect your shots in a bad way.

However, that's especially true when you try to hit from the rough and you lean too far forward. When you do that, you take loft off the club and the ball comes out lower than normal... and in the rough, that means the ball won't get high enough to get out of the rough. You'll end up with a low tumbling shot that doesn't go very far.

Clearwater talks about getting your hips closer to the target than your head, but you can overdo that as well. If you simply maintain your posture during your swing, you'll turn through the shot and finish with youir belt buckle pointed toward the target and your weight will be on your lead foot. Here's the simple truth: If you finish with your weight balanced on your lead foot, you'll create the position he demonstrates in the video.

And if you do that, you'll hit the ball higher and it'll be more likely to get out of the rough.

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