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When I’m teaching I’m often encouraging golfers to take a divot. I’m telling them you should take a divot, the divot is your friend you want to hit the ground. And this stems one the problem a lot of beginning golfers have, is that they think only bad golfers take divots. But it’s not the case you watch on the PJ tour on the TV all the good players when they’re hitting their mid to short irons are taking a divot. And then some golfers get that idea in their head and they think they’ve got to go out there and dig up the golf course because that’s what the guys on TV do. So there’s a middle ground here, yes we should be taking a divot. But it shouldn’t be too deep or too steep or too big. So we often see golfers are so keen on taking divots, their only ambition is just to wedge their club straight into the floor and then the club kind of stops and doesn’t keep penetrating through the turf.

So only to feel that your divots are the right depth, the right size and in the right position. A divot should always start under or after the golf ball. If a divot starts before the ball you’ve got problems; that’s too steep too heavy potentially leaning back with your body weight. If your divot starts under and after the golf ball and goes forward for about the size of a dollar bill in front of the ball, that’s going to be okay. But we also want to make sure that the club doesn’t decelerate too much. If you feel that you hit down in to a divot and the club just carries on moving only a few feet, that divot is too deep. Your club should really be able to enter into the turf, have no noticeable slowing down feeling, and still extend to a full finish. So if your divots do feel too steep, there’s potential that the ball is too far back, the body weight is too far back and the club is just descending straight down on the ball and then gouging into the turf. Now the easiest way to do this and it sounds fairly simple and actually it is. The easiest way to do this just get yourself out on the golf course try and find a nice grass area of the golf course maybe on the practice ground or away in a corner of the golf course.

Don’t stand in the middle of the teeing ground or in the middle of fairway 50 yards from the green and take [Indiscernible] [0:02:08] to turf. But get yourself to a nice quiet corner of the practice ground and just get a feeling of the club skimming through the turf. We only want to catch the front blades of the grass just in the front of the center of your stance. If you’re hitting behind the center of your stance it’s too steep, your body weight is too far back, hands are holding the angle too much and hitting down. We want to just be skimming the grass just in front of the center of stance and just taking out a divot shape and size about the size of a dollar bill. Then when you hit some golf balls, go ahead line four or five balls up in a row and just clip then away and then analyze the depth and shape of your divot. If the divot starts under and after the golf ball about the size of the dollar bill with no noticeable slowing down of the golf club I would suggest you’re taking the right size and shape of divots.