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Date Posted: 18:35:21 05/20/12 Sun
Author: Fred Atkins
Subject: Hitting from long rough

Iíve had my Novas for 2 months and love them. Scores came down 8-12 strokes consistently. However, now that our course has greened up, I find that Novas are VERY hard to hit out of long rough (our rough is the depth of a ballóabout 1 ľĒ). I think itís for 2 reasons: 1.) the sweeping swing enters the grass 5 or 6 inches behind the ball as opposed to about an inch with a traditional iron hitting down, 2.) there is much more surface area on the sole that creates additional drag. The club head really gets hung up in the grass, rather than pushing through it, like a hybrid wood does. I actually pulled a muscle in my wrist hitting out of some long grass. The same problems exist when chipping from long grass around the greens. You get a bunch of grass between the clubface and the ball. The only solution I know is to not hit it in the rough, but since thatís not possible, I now carry a traditional 8 iron to hack it out of long rough.

I also find them less forgiving on very closely mowed fairways. If you hit even a little behind the ball, the bounce in the club head deflects the club up, causing a skulled shot.

Nonetheless, I am sticking with them. They are definitely longer and straighter and easier to hit.

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[> Re: Hitting from long rough -- Jeremy Sloan, 09:15:59 05/21/12 Mon [1]

I've found the Nova irons to be very playable from the rough. I think that the key is even though you use a sweeping swing it shouldn't be as sweeping as if you were hitting a fairway wood or wood hybrid. I even tend to come down into the ball slightly which makes them great from either the rough or closely cut fairways and hard-pan.


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[> Re: Hitting from long rough -- Ron Davis, 09:38:32 05/21/12 Mon [1]


Jeremy has hit the nail on the head. Even though you are using a sweeping swing you are still incorporating an iron club-head which does not slice through heavy rough like a wood type club-head. If you hit slightly down on the ball when in the rough I believe that you will see a world of difference. The same holds true when chipping from the rough or playing from a very close cut fairway lie.

Even though the Nova hybrid Irons are designed for a sweeping swing, it does not mean "scooping" the ball. You must bear in mind that when the ball is sitting on a plush fairway it is actually sitting up on 1/2" of grass, or effectively, teed up 1/2". You can get away with "scooping" the ball with this type of lie but it is nearly impossible to hit from a very tight lie using that method. In every case the club-head should brush the ground (not the top of the grass) exactly where the ball is sitting and not behind the ball which, like any iron or wood, will cause the club-head to deflect upwards.

Ron Davis

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