How to Create the Right Divot
From Your Swing
Getting your swing right is the secret to creating the right divot.
But what does that mean? It can be frustrating when you've spent hours practicing your swing, and you can't help but make a chunk in the fairway so deep you lose power and accuracy. Plus, cut it too fine, and you hit the ball at the wrong angle, and all sorts of things can happen.
If you can relate, here are some tips to fix your divot by correcting your swing.
Select The Right ClubBeginners are more likely to make this mistake than others. You might be surprised how good your swing is, but let down by using the wrong club.
Aim for a short iron instead. Ensure the ball lies in the middle of your stance, bend the knees slightly with your center of gravity to your weak side (left side for the right-handed golfer). Keep your shaft tilting forwards somewhat with your hands in front of the ball.
The idea here is to get in a position to get right underneath the ball with precision. And feel comfortable while you're at it.
Keep it SimpleThe butt of the club must point towards the ball. Keep the club on plane, pull the wrists halfway on the backswing, and do the same on the downswing.
The more complicated you make the swing, the less likely you are to achieve the maximum impact.
The secret to the downswing is not to stiffen up. Keep your knees bent and your hips loose so you can turn into the swing to get that lift you need.
Turn Your Body
If you're straightening up too early and making large divots, pay attention. You're hitting the ground too early, and chances are this could be why you're digging for treasure.
In theory, it seems counterproductive to hit the ball then the ground. Still, again, this is why a big divot is a sign you are committing too early. Move the divot forward.
Hit the Ball on The Downswing
By hitting the ball first, you put a backspin on the ball, which allows it to take control during flight. As you swing into the shot, the divot should end up being in front of the ball's original location.
It's too easy to think that the moment you've hit the ball, it's the end of the swing, but that sudden jerk movement means contact with the ball isn't at its peak.
Your divot should be smaller than it used to be, but enough to prove you've conducted a well-executed shot. Remember to repair the divot when you've finished your swing.
It's important to note that divots aren't all bad, of course. If you think about the club's shape, the design is to lift the ball, so your focus in the swing should be on the correct contact position and ensuring the divot is in the right place.
A Small Divot is Better Than No Divot
Follow these simple steps and get plenty of practice in. That way, you'll be swinging like a pro in no time, and you can wave that chunky divot goodbye.
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