Also the grass is like 3 inches but bends around so lays a little lower
Got to use more of a pitching motion, rather than a chipping move. So weight forward, shaft close to neutral at set-up, soft arms, clubhead swings, lots of speed.
Dave Stockton's book, Unconscious Scoring, basically says to pitch when you cannot make clean contact with the ball. Chip when you can.
Couple ways to look at it
chip - played with much more of a putting stroke, no wrist hinge, using the leading edge,
pitch - wrist hinge/cock, using the bounce. Pitches give you a much larger margin of error because you can use the bounce.
rough is not good to chip and run from.
I prefer using a more wide swing to rip tough that stuff. from short positions I will open a wedge to increase bouche and loft and have enough speed to avoid rough slowing blade a lot. pay balle back in stance to get purest contact possible.
of course like you say : distance and spin is a gamble, but thats what you get from a ball lying deep into rough. should have missed elsewhere.
this is just the practice green. The course is actually thick with grass but it dosnt it down in dirt so i have no trouble hitting there
With the ball settled into Bermuda rough, a swing very much like a sand shot is called for. Open the blade, cut across the ball, sending it up in the air and not catching in the tangled junk. In your case, Nick, just use your 3 iron, drop your hands and use friction to get it out.
i cant get under the ball its sitting on dirt
Yes you can, in the words of the powerful Obi-Wan
"Use the bounce Luke"
Look no divot mark on the putting green. Meaning you can get underneath the ball, with a high bounce wedge, and not have to worry about how hard the surface is because you don't even need to hit the surface.