How To Hit From Light Rough

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

13 Responses to “How To Hit From Light Rough”

  1. August 16, 2014


    Paul, great tip. I’ve never thought about opening the club face in any kind of rough. No wonder I’ve been pulling it a lot with an iron.

    • Paul Wilson

      August 17, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, this is a pretty simple way to hit these shots from light rough. It just takes the possibility of smothering it out of the picture.

  2. August 16, 2014


    Greetings Coach My question is about my chipping most of the time my chipping is fine/ every once in a while i start to shank and i cant get out of it / then all of a sudden it stops / what am i doing wrong when i shank. I watched your chipping tip and the one thing that i noticed was it looked like your right wrist hinged o wee bit on the back stroke and maybe i dont always do that your thoughts PS i try to draw the club straight back and not around my body

    • I have this same issue occasionally on short chips & it’s from an open clubface at contact which causes the shank. Just concentrate on keeping your hands ahead & the face square or close it a little & hit it like a putt with firm wrists. Just be sure to hit through it. That’s what works for me.

    • Paul Wilson

      August 17, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      If you are shanking it the weight is rolling onto your toes. This puts you closer to the ball so you hit the hosel of the club.

      As a drill just hit some chips with the weight on your heels. Also, chipping is like putting. You need to be stroking it like you would when you putt. Hopefully you are not trying to take you putter straight back and straight through. This is not how to putt. So you need a slight arc with putting then apply this stroke to chipping. I am not trying to hinge it. If it hinges a little that is fine but you are really trying to keep your wrists locked when chipping and putting.

      To this day I visualize my putter as I am chipping. I then just feel like I am applying his stroke to the chip. Give this a try with the weight a little on your heels and you should stop shanking yo chips. Once you start making better contact roll the weight back to the middle.

  3. Paul ,The “light “rough you play from in this very interesting video is very “light “indeed.
    In this light “rough ,I play my normal club for the distance ,usually the 5 fairway Wood without opening the face , when I ‘m far from the green ,or else a 19°or 23° Hybrid .(The drive has landed in the rough )
    Now my “normal”light rough at CANNES MANDELIEU is fairly higher that what you show here,sometimes only the top of the ball is showing .I also play 5 Wood or Hybrid ,but I take care to hit down on the ball and through .
    This grass at my course is also a bit like “wire “,it slows down the clubhead considerably through high friction .
    Would you advise to “open “the clubhead for 5 wood and Hybrids .
    When I watched JASON DAY hit from high grass in the USPGA 2014 ,he seemed to hit without special precautions ,just hit as “”hard” as he could !
    But he’s a top player ,not me !

    • Paul Wilson

      August 17, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      In this video I say if you are in heavy rough you may need to take a higher lofted club and just get it out.

      You can try opening the face but deep rough would require more of a descending blow so you may want to do the knock down shot. You just have to try different shots and find what works best for you.

  4. August 16, 2014


    Hi Paul:

    I know we’re finished with the full swing but going back a little. What objection do you have if on the full swing you actually set the club after you hinge on the backswing and stop at that point even for just a second. From that point you only have to think of kicking your knee in to the finish. This would literally take half the process out of the picture.

  5. HerminioDiaz

    August 17, 2014


    Hello Paul. Thank you for taking time on the phone. Just to remind you to send me the link on the videos I should be working on. Herminio

  6. Hi Paul – What adjustment in ball position or club selection should be taken into consideration when playing a ball sitting in a divot either on the fairway or in the rough?? Thanks!

    • Paul Wilson

      January 7, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      If you are playing fro a divot you would need to move it back. I would be learning this shot:

      Knock Down Shot:

      Rough I would still be playing the regular ball position unless it was really deep rough and I was trying to just chop it out and get it back in the fairway. If so, I would do the same shot as above with the higher lofted club with the thought of getting it back in play.

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