Originally Posted by colin007
no. youll see a lot of golfers very carefully assessing their lie by specifically placing the club a short distance behind the ball so that the grass immediately behind the ball is untouched. by this method, there will still be the same amount of grass/clubface interaction, and the lie is not improved.
Yeah, this is kind of what I was thinking. None of them are going to risk the ball moving by putting the club too close to the ball. So there is always going to be some grass that remains untouched.
Also, I'm no horticulturist (heck, I don't even know how to spell it) but it seems to me that most of the time, once you swing back through the grass, it's basically returning back to where it was just prior. Thirdly, on most of these shots, they are coming in with a shallow enough angle of attack that even if they did push the grass down a tad, I would imagine that they're still coming back into the ball "under" that same grass.
That said, I will stipulate that Keegan does seem to have a slightly unusual habit of "addressing" his ball for all of his practice swings, whereas (I think) most other players take their entire practice swings next to their ball.
This thread is enough for me to now be intrigued and I will start paying attention to this ... that is, whenever they get back to a course with rough.