How to tackle golf's toughest short game shots

What's the best way to play golf's toughest chips and pitches? Check out our top tips.

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In this golf instruction feature we've pulled together our top tips on playing golf's toughest short game shots to provide you with a comprehensive guide to improve your golf.

There's always going to be a time when your approach has entered deep rough or pulled up short of the green on the downslope - even if your name is Dustin Johnson or Rory McIlroy. 

We've spoken to a number of our regular PGA professionals to give you the lowdown on how you can use your short game in the most effective way.

Let's start with that devilish chip from deep rough...

1. HOW TO PLAY FROM THE DEEP STUFF

So you think your ball has harmlessly missed the green but it ends up in the deep rough just off the second cut - what club or shot should you select?

Here are some helpful pointers...

1. Maybe the most obvious rule, but make sure it's your ball you're playing - you don't want a two-stroke penalty for playing the wrong ball!

2. Use the sand wedge: it's generally the heaviest weighted head in the bag and the most, or second most, lofted club in your bag.

3. Open your stance, put the ball in the middle of your stance, and open the club face.

4. Pick arms up quickly: this will allow the club to generate more speed through impact.

5. Cock your wrists and let the club sink down into the grass. Don't follow all the way through, just let the loft pop the ball out. Hold on a little firmer with the grip and keep that clubface open.