Originally Posted by BallMarker
If both lies are comparable, it's not much of a rough. In that case you'd be stupid not to hit it from the, so called, "rough".
Read what I said in my initial post.
Originally Posted by Spyder
I'll take the rough. I'll be much better off with a 9/PW than I would be with a 6 iron. Considering both lies are comparable in terms of having a reasonably decent stance, I would take the shorter approach shot 10/10 times. In the past, I played conservatively and considered the fairway to be greater all of the time. I've since proved myself wrong by being a little more aggressive, within reason, and playing my distance to my advantage with much more success.
To me, there's more to a lie than the physical ball itself and whether it's in the fairway, or in the rough. I consider all aspects of the lie, as I stated, in terms of the stance and obstacles. A good lie is not just "the ball is on a tight cut patch of grass" to me. To me, a good lie is the ball being in a position that does not compromise my stance and swing.
To elaborate, if the ball is in the rough from 140 and the ball is above or below my feet significantly, I would much rather take the fairway lie 30 yards back if the stance is considerably better.