As with a greenside sand blast position the ball forward in your stance—it helps the clubhead cleanly slide under the ball. A word of caution: Before committing to this shot take several practice swings to get a feel for the thickness of the rough and how the club reacts to it.
The lie conditions worsen as you go from green (“safe”) to yellow (“marginal”) to orange (“frying pan”) and then to red (“fire”). This means your ability to hit accurate escape shots or even make solid contact will be increasingly challenged as your lies progressively degrade.
I always know when a Tour player is happy with his putting stroke—and not because I have access to his stats. It’s the words he uses. When I hear “Pelz I’m starting the ball on line on almost every putt” it’s music to my ears.
What a competitive golfer cares about most is starting the ball on line. To them that’s a job well done whether or not the ball finds the cup. Combined with a good read and proper pace starting the ball in your intended direction translates into a ton of makes whether you’re a major winner or a 16-handicap.
With a little practice you’ll vastly improve your feel on testy lags while also building the confidence to handle any putt the course throws at you. Oh and keep the cameras rolling. If you bury one longer than my 210-footer good on you—but I’ll want to see proof.