How to Take a Nice Divot in Golf
When hitting an iron shot, you can learn a lot about your swing just by observing the divot that you take out of the ground. By learning how to interpret your divot and understand what it is telling you about your swing, you can start to improve your swing just by using the clues you find laying on the ground at your feet. Once you start taking ‘nice divots’ with all of your iron shots, you should start to find that your shots are landing much closer to their targets.
The following three elements are all pieces of the puzzle that you should be looking for when you analyze your divots.
- Divot starts after the ball. A nice divot should start just after the position of the ball, and not before. If your divots are starting before the ball, that means that you are hitting the ground before the ball, and probably losing distance in the process. You want to hit the ball first so you can make clean contact with the center of the club face. Once the club has gone through the ball, you can then have the club head tear through the turf and take a nice divot.
- Divot points at the target. This might be the most useful piece of information that you can gain from the divot you take out of the turf. Stand back behind the divot and look at the direction it is pointing. Is it pointing right down your target line, or off to one side or another? As long as the divot is pointing at the target line, you should be swinging the club on a good path. If it is pointing left or right, however, you may have a problem within your swing that needs to be addressed.
- Divot is too deep or too shallow. The depth of your divots says a lot about the path of your swing coming into the ball. When you take a deep gouge out of the grass with an iron shot, it is a good sign that you are coming into the ball too steeply and need to make adjustments to flatten your swing path. On the other side of the coin, if you are taking a very shallow divot – or no divot at all – you will want to work on making a little bit of a steeper swing so you can impart some backspin on the ball and get it a little higher into the air.