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With thicker rough and looser swings, some golfers are losing more balls than usual after courses in the UK re-opened last month
Are You Losing More Golf Balls After Lockdown?
With many greenkeepers furloughed or working in skeleton teams during lockdown, plus the advice that only essential maintenance was necessary, cutting the rough at many courses hasn't been top of the agenda for the past couple of months.
Add to that warm temperatures and perfect growing conditions, and rough has been fairly thick when golfers stray off of the fairway.
That has resulted in more lost balls for some, especially after three months without usual visits to the driving range or regular games of golf to keep swings in check.
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For me personally, I've definitely been losing more golf balls in spots that I would usually find them in - guess I should start finding a few more fairways.
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We asked our Twitter audience if they had been losing more balls since lockdown, and the split was very even!
Here are some interesting comments we received on Twitter, Facebook and the Golf Monthly Forum after we asked if golfers have been losing more balls lately:
"I’ve certainly been finding more."
"4 rounds only 1 lost ball. Learn to keep it in the fairway."
"Went 3 rounds last week without losing a ball then lost 7 in one round afterwards."
"About 16 over 4 rounds ! Rough is really rough."
"No from me, rough was slightly longer a week or 2 back, but course still in great condition."
"No I hit the fairway."
"Sadly yes. Very rough rough."
"Yes as anything off the fairway hasn't been tended which for 20 handicap isn't helping."
"Yes, so many that I just ordered a ball retriever on Amazon."
"4 rounds. Same ball. All net under par scores. I am 52 and have (finally) grasped that the aim is to hit it better not harder."
"Bought shares in Srixon, at least i get something back."
"Yep. The rough was hella rough!! I know I know, shouldn’t be in the rough in the first place."
"In places the rough is now so long I could lose myself in it let alone a golf ball."
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Honma TR20
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Honma TR20B
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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