by Nigel Gibson (PGA Professional Kingston Heath, VIC)
Financial Review Article
Q: How should you
hit a green side chip shot out of long rough?
A: Hitting a shot
out of the deep green side rough can be difficult, especially if the ball
is sitting down in the grass.
To handle these type
of shots you need to change from your typical chipping action. This is
generally where most club golfers get into trouble. Quite often I see
the club golfer still attempt to play these shots with something like
an 8 iron and chip using there putting stroke. This results in too much
grass getting caught between the ball and the clubface and therefore a
This type of chip
would be placed in the category of a specialty shot and requires some
changes from the normal chip shot. The secret here is to increase the
angle of attack. The clubface must come down quite steeply onto the back
of the ball, allowing you to get the least amount of grass between the
clubface and the ball. Before starting to think about your set up, you
must select a club to suite this style of shot. In order to get the ball
to pop out with this steeper angle of attack we will require a club with
more loft such as a sand iron or lob wedge.
Just like other chip
shots you will need to set yourself up correctly. Take only a narrow stance
just enough to support your swing. Place about 75% of your weight on your
Now for the ball position.
It should be placed toward the back of your stance, with your hands placed
slightly ahead of the ball. Your hand position is going to cause the ball
to shoot out lower than normal as the club is delofted with
your hands in this position.
As you make your backswing,
hinge your wrists instead of swinging your arms. By hinging your wrists
straight off the ball you will create the steepest angle of attack possible.
To make your down swing allow your wrists to simply drop the clubface
on the back of the ball. Once again do not attempt to make an arm swing
to create club head speed here. The weight of the club and gravity will
create the momentum. With any new shot you need to practice and become
confident with the stroke prior to using it in competition.