Golf Swing Hints: Taking a Proper Divot

Most golfers probably don’t think much about their divot. All they know is that they need to retrieve it, and put it back in place – or at least fill the hole with sand before they go. Other than that, divots go mostly ignored by the average golfer. That is a shame, because there is actually a lot that can be learned from a divot taken on a standard iron shot.

Below are a few things to look for with the divots that you are taking. Use this knowledge and take a closer look at your divots the next time you are on the course.

  • After the ball. Most importantly, the divot you take on an iron shot should start immediately after the spot where the ball was resting. If your divot is starting behind the ball, you have hit the shot ‘heavy’ and it will probably come up short of the target. On the other end of the spectrum, if you don’t take any divot at all, you are likely to get a shot that flies low rolls after landing.
  • What direction is it pointing? The direction that your divot is pointing says a lot about the swing you are making. If the divot is pointing directly at the target, you have done a good job on staying mostly on plane in your swing. If the divot is pointing significantly in either direction right or left, you will want to go back and work on your technique to see why you are getting so far off plane.
  • Beware the deep divot. An ideal divot is long and shallow, meaning you have flattened your swing out at impact and stayed down nicely through the shot. If you are taking super-deep divots, your impact angle is too steep and you are probably losing distance and accuracy as a result. When this occurs, work on your balance to make sure you aren’t getting too much weight on your lead leg before getting down to impact.

If you start watching your divots on a regular basis, it probably won’t take long for a pattern to show itself. Once you see what your pattern is for a normal divot, you can take any steps necessary to improve your swing so that a better divot is achieved. Don’t pass up this chance to get free feedback on your swing and get a little better each round.