Golf course architects can use a variety of design options in order to punish bad shots or to protect holes from golfers looking for shortcuts. Amongst those are hazards such as water and sand bunkers, rough, and even tall grass.
Often referred to as fescue, tall grass is essentially used as an additional length of rough that can also grow in otherwise waste areas around holes. Whenever you hit a bad shot into fescue you instantly know you are in trouble.
Follow the tips below for instructions on how to hit from tall grass and in order to limit the damage caused by hitting a golf shot into fescue.
Actually making contact with the ball despite the fescue’s grippy grass and seeing the ball escape trouble back into play.
Don’t Go for the Flag – Aim for a Safe Exit Instead
Indeed, only the pros and the uniquely skilled golfers can generate enough club speed that is required to power through tall grass without seeing much impact on their shots.
For the average golfer, it is best to accept the situation, take the medicine, and aim for the safest way back into the fairway.
Failure to do so can result in hitting the ball deeper into the fescue, which can be fatal to your scorecard or to your match.
Use a Lot of Loft
Depending on how deep into the tall grass the ball is located, and how far away from the fairway you are you may elect to take the club with the highest loft in your bag.
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Use a Vertical Swing
If the grass is tall enough, it may even be difficult for the club to actually hit the ball at all.
In order to increase your chances of making contact with the ball, try to tweak your swing so that it is more vertical in nature. That is in contrast to a flatter swing that would in this case see the club travel through a lot of grass on its way towards hitting the ball.
Hold the Club Tightly
In order to maintain the clubface in its correct angle grip the club more tightly than you normally would.
This will allow you to power through the grass without too much impact into your club and ultimately into your shot.
And that grass will slow down your club significantly so you’ll need plenty of club speed to go through it all.
Therefore, don’t try a little delicate swing but rather go for it and swing hard at the ball. Even with a faster swing, the tall grass may not even allow for a follow through, which is fine in these circumstance.