As an amateur golfer, we face certain truths in golf. One, fun is not necessarily linked to score. Two, beauty always trumps the alternative. And three, we will likely be spending plenty of time in the rough.
Not all rough is created equal, of course. At Sunriver Resort, distinct cuts change the kind of shot one should hit. But many amateurs venture into the long grass with the same club and set up as on Sunriver’s manicured fairways. The results are not always pretty.
What is an amateur golfer to do?
Kevin Erdman, Sunriver Resort director of golf instruction, says that golfers should make some key adjustments when playing out of the longer grass. Those adjustments include club selection, tweaking your stance and swing, and tightening up your aim.
“When you go through the rough, it grabs your club and slows you down,” Erdman said. “You want to make sure you can get the ball there.”
“If you try to do these things, it will really help you out and hit better shots out of the rough,” Erdman said.
One last thing. Golfers who find themselves in the deep rough should think more conservatively. If the rough is too thick to make clean contact with the ball, consider an easier shot with a wedge to work the ball back into the fairway and keep your chances alive for an up-and-down par.
Of course, professional instruction can help improve all facets of your game. Sunriver Resort’s staff of golf professionals can help get your game in shape this summer.
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