How To Hit A Good Golf Shot Against The Collar

It happens more often than it should. But despite the odds, your ball will often land on the border of the green and the outer rough of the course. This is a horrible position to be in, and there aren’t many tutors who will advise you how to get out of it. So here’s some advice from us.

Use your putter to get your ball out

Your first course of action should be to use your putter. Even though a wedge initially seems obvious, you are more likely to make a better shot with your putter. Use the following technique to get the most out of it.

How to gain more control of your putter

Stand way forward with the ball almost in line with the outside of your right foot. Push your putter grip forward and hold it at an angle. Try to connect the ball in the very centre, causing it to roll instead of leap from the fringe. You should get a fair amount of distance on your ball, but at the very least you will have dislodged it from the rough.

A trick with a sand wedge

If the putter brings you no joy, then grab your sand sedge and try the following. You already know where the sweet spot of your clubface is. Now aim to connect that sweet spot on the top half of the golf ball. This will either cause it to bounce out of the fringe, or spin and roll onto the green.

Chip as if you’re in a bunker

If it’s plain to see that none of the above tricks will work, then try one last resort. Stand at the same angle as the surface you are addressing the ball on. Grab your wedge and perform a stiff stroke (keeping your arms stiff and your left arm straight). Connect the ball on its underside and sweep with a follow through. The ball should shoot straight up and out of its predicament. Practice this shot before attempting it.

It’s a good idea to include some of these shots into your practice sessions. You never know when it’s going to happen, so be prepared. Place your ball directly on the fringe of the green and a rough part of the terrain as practice. Try some of these techniques and see which one you are most comfortable with.