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I used to carry 2 hybrids but am now carrying two wide soled DIs (3 and 4 sub70 699u). I'm much more confident with DIs on the fairway but I am a bit struggling with the rough. As the swing arc of long DIs is naturally flatter than short irons, it is quite hard to catch the ball in the bermuda rough.... I would appreciate any tips!!! 

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I know this is not what you want to read but grab less iron or even a wedge and take your medicine. Your solution depends on the lie and depth of the cabbage. Once you're in there your main task is to eliminate double or worse.

 

On another note, find some rough and practice this with your DI's and see what works best for you. There may be times you can come in steep and get away with a squirty runner, but not often. 

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Yep. The answer is narrower sole.  
 

ibe only hit one DI ever that was good from Bermuda rough. And It’s the TM Gapr Lo. It’s weighted really really low on the face.  Much more so than the DHY.  And will get the ball airborne.  But it’s still not as easy as a normal thin iron. 

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8 hours ago, sociojeje said:

I used to carry 2 hybrids but am now carrying two wide soled DIs (3 and 4 sub70 699u). I'm much more confident with DIs on the fairway but I am a bit struggling with the rough. As the swing arc of long DIs is naturally flatter than short irons, it is quite hard to catch the ball in the bermuda rough.... I would appreciate any tips!!! 

Yeah, try this-don’t do it!

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10 hours ago, golfing_penguin said:

Have Bryson's clubhead speed! 

 

If the rough is more than the fairway-framing length it's super difficult to hit less loft than a 7-iron and have it behave 'normally'


came here to say basically the same thing. You’ve gotta be really strong and fast. I can swing my 2i 100+ mph and I would rather not hit it out of thick rough. It’s not a high % play out of the cabbage for most people. 

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Step 1: Grab a 7 wood

Step 2: If step 1 is not applicable use a low iron/wedge to take your medicine

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Even with serious clubbed speed (PGA Tour level or more), I don't think its something that can be done with consistency. I used to play with a pair of driving irons at the top of the bag because I liked the results off the tee and was happy enough out of the fairway, but benched them in favor of a 5 wood and hybrid because the results from the rough were so bad. Once the rough gets thick, a wide, flat sole is the last thing you want. It is soooooo much easier to glide through the long stuff with a fairway or hybrid (particularly the fairway). I think that's why you are seeing more 7 woods and less driving irons on the Tour. Driving iron(s) only come back out when it is very, very windy and the rough is looking sparse. 

 

That said, anytime you are nestled deep in the cabbage, its usually best to just hack it out with a 7-9i and get back into play and hope for a long range up and down. Bermuda rough in particular is difficult to get out of if it is long and your ball is nestled down. 

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On 8/30/2021 at 8:31 AM, me05501 said:

If you face that shot a lot, try a seven wood. 

THIS is my solution also. High lofted FWs give you the range of the DI with a much higher trajectory. The wide sole allows the club to split the grass better to get more club on the all. Some rough, though, is just too heavy for that and you have to just take a more lofted iron, move the ball back in your stance and hope for the best.

 

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