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.
I get it — one small mistake leads to double-bogey. Fear not. To complete the book I developed a technique to tame every terror. As it turns out the easiest way to navigate short shots over trouble is to make the same swing you’d use for a 15-yard pitch. In most cases this motion produces enough loft to clear whatever stands between you and the green. You’ll land it softly with a little spin and leave yourself a chance at a one-putt.
For us these bad lies are just as daunting as what the pros face. But what separates truly high-handicap golfers from low-handicappers and pros is how each group deals with these trying circumstances.