As the weather finally warms across the nation, grass will grow at an almost alarming rate, both in your yard and on the golf courses you play.
And during the spring and summer months, many golf courses leave areas of unmowed grass for aesthetic value, much like the native gorse your see at British Open venues.
Of course, that long grass will attract plenty of golf balls, so we asked Swingpal instructor Tyrus York for some advice on how to get your ball back in play when you hit it in the hay.
"Tall grass can be dealt with a few different ways, depending on your lie,” York said. “If the ball is in thick, tall grass, your only play is to take a lofted club like a pitching or sand wedge, and blast it back into play.
“Increase your angle of attack to 'hit down' on the ball to make the best contact possible. If the grass is thin and wispy, you may be able to be more aggressive and try to advance the ball farther using a longer club.”
There’s more to know about playing out of the deep stuff, however, according to York, who also offered a quick rules reminder.
"Keep in mind, though, that the tall grass will have a tendency to wrap around the hosel of the club through impact, closing the clubface down,” he said. “Use extra loft to combat this, as well as a firm grip pressure. If there is a lot of tall grass between the club and the ball, you may want to slightly open your clubface at address.
"And remember, if your club moves the grass around the ball causing the ball to move, it is a penalty, so beware!"
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