Escaping Thick Grass: A Guide For Amateur Golfers

In an attempt to play golf perfectly there are some things that you will need to learn. There are always hazards on the course, hazards that you must avoid. Some of them are avoidable, others you will have to play through. One of the hazards that you must just learn to play through is thick grass. You can almost imagine the picture, playing so well only for you to fall short of your expectations because you do not know how to handle thick grass.

As luck or fate would have it, thick grass is a serious problem for so many amateur players. From time to time you strike the ball high up, hope that it rolls some distance closer to the target, only for the speed and flight of the ball to be arrested by the thick grass.

The challenge is that if you cannot do much to avoid the thick grass, you can as well try and make sure that you learn to play them perfectly. The following are some useful skills that will help you learn how to handle the thick grass the next time you are on the green:

  • Learn the type of grass you are playing on

  • Choose the right club

  • Alter the direction of your aim

Learn the type of grass you are playing on

One of the first things that you must do is to spend some time learning about the different types of grass that you might have to play on. By doing this, you will easily notice the thick grass, and know that it often impedes your club from the follow through. Hitting the ball from the fairway and in towards the rough means that your club will barely travel as fast as you need it to, which also translates to the ball not going so far.

Choose the right club

Make sure you select a club that is appropriate depending on the lie you are playing. Loft and hybrids will in most cases work better for you. However, if your ball is deep into the grass, just get a wedge to hack it off into the fairway.

Alter the direction of your aim

Depending on the position of the ball, alter your aim. If for example you are on the right side of the rough, you will have to aim left and vice versa.

Practice while you are on holiday

See if you can stay close to a driving range while on holiday. Your golf trip is going to be a lot more fun if you are on top of your golf game. The best way to do this is to practice while you are on your golf trip. Why interrupt your practicing regiment simply because you’re playing more? Your games will highlight your shortcomings. Tend to them immediately and test your new skills while you still have the time and luxury to do so.