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So you are using a divot to diagnose what has gone before it in the golf swing can sometimes be a useful tool. So what we are looking for when we look at a divot is, firstly the position of it, the size of it, the depth of it, and the angle of it. Now actually, because the divot is slightly after the golf ball, sometimes it doesn’t give you a perfect reflection of what happened before. But if the sign is big enough then you can use that divot to represent what happened before. If the divot is very, very deep and we see the ball too far back in the stance, we see the swing too steep straight up, straight down, and gauging the divot out, we can tell from the divot what went before it. We know that ball position is moving more forwards. We know that swing path needs flattening out a little bit. You could also sometimes look at a divot to see whether the toe is deeper or the heel is deeper, and that can often give us a clue of maybe there’s a swing fall but maybe also the clubs aren’t quite fitted for a golfer.

So if when you are playing you often see a very big toe sided divot so the toe is deeper than the heel, it maybe that you are coming over the top and gouging out with high hands hitting across the ball, you might even see the divot turning slightly left, you’ll probably see the ball swinging from left to right. Likewise if the divot is too deep on the heel side so the heel is lower than the toe chances are there’s a very inside path happening before the divot coming in quite low here attacking very much from the inside the heel could be hitting the ground first probably shutting the golf club down because if the heel slows down first the toe will close over. The ball could be a low pull down to that side. You could also consider whether clubs are fitted correctly, whether the club is too right or too flat for a golfer. But actually because the change to the golf club would be measured in a couple of degrees, two degrees up, two degrees flat, you’re probably not going to be able to see in a divot two degrees of heels two degrees of toe left.

So you’ve got to understand that the divot is quite a difficult thing to actually read exactly right in terms of the small margins of whether a club is fitted correctly. But if you see very deep steep divots consider whether that tells you a tale whether something was wrong before in your golf swing.