It’s happened to all of us. You come up to your golf ball and find it resting in an old divot. Now, what do you do? You begin to replay previous scenarios in your head on how you can combat this problem. You replay the time hit the ball thin, blasting a low screamer, or you tried to hit down on the ball so much that the club kept digging deeper into the ground. Either way, you’re staring bogey (at best) in the face. Not anymore! Here’s a fool-proof guide (for the right-handed golfer) to get you hitting it flush from a divot every single time.
1. Set-up with the golf ball back in your stance – just inside your right foot.
– You’ll want to do this because choking down on the golf club moves the bottom of your swing arc back (more on this below).
2. Position your weight a bit more on your front foot – 75%/25%.
– This will further help promote a downward strike, along with the position of the golf ball.
3. Select a club with slightly more loft that you’d usually hit from this yardage.
– By hitting down on the golf ball you’ll be taking loft off the club, so we’ll want to combat this.
4. Choke down on the golf club.
– This will help with extra control.
5. Maintain your posture and spine angle throughout the swing.
– This stability will ensure proper contact.
6. Keep your feet flat.
– This will guard against hitting the ball thin.
As with any tip, you’ll want to practice this on the range to become familiar with the proper set-up and swing you’ll need during this scenario. Pretty soon you’ll recover from the bad luck you run into on the golf course.
This tip isn’t just for hitting out of a divot, it’s is also good to put into practice if you have trouble making “ball-first” contact (which is what you should be striving to do with every iron shot).
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