Playing on a public course you will usually see a lot more wear and tear on the holes that you play. One of places where you usually see some rough spots are with ball marks and divots on the fringe short of the green. Players usually leave the ball short when they mishit it an approach shot, therefore this is where a lot of the balls land and subsequently get played from.
If your ball ends up on this fringe just short of the green, you could very easily be left playing out of someone else’s divot or a mark from where their approach shot landed. Usually this are the shots that are harder to pull off, but we are here to provide you on tips on how to hit a decent chip shot despite your ball being in a depression or divot.
Don’t try to putt when your ball is in one of these down lies because it will pop up. The air time on this putts will be unpredictable so putting will be inconsistent and often times will mean that you leave the ball well short of the hole. As a matter of fact, the farther down the ball lies in the depression, the more loft you will want to use to get it out. With the additional lift, you can air the ball over the lip of what is in front of the ball to get it out and rolling in the green.
To practice this kind of shot, you need to drop some balls on the fringe and step on them. You don’t want to bury the ball but you should a make a little depression for it to sit in. Take your normal chip shot setup with the ball back in your stance and weight forward then try a few different clubs to see which response you like best. A highly recommended club is the pitching or sand wedge but you need to use what is comfortable for you.
You do not have to change your stroke up, simply allow the extra loft that you take get the ball up and out of the hole. The chip will respond a little differently than when you are executing it from a perfect lie, but with a little practice and experience you won’t panic if you catch a bad break on the course. You’ll be able to adapt and still give yourself a chance at making par.