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Golf Question: Can I Use The Divot To Tell Me Anything About My Golf Swing?The majority of golfers take divots on the golf course but what a lot of players do not realise is that they tell a very in depth story about what has just occurred.

    After the shot has been hit and if there is a divot made, every golfer who wants to learn more about their game should analyze the direction and depth of their divots. This can help work out why the ball does what it does and will always be useful feedback from week to week to learn how your swing may have improved through practice. The direction divot will indicate the clubs path after the point of impact. This will help a player understand if they are swinging in to out or out to in and then relate it to the shot they just hit.

    For example, if you slice the ball to the right, the divot could be pointing left of the target which would indicate an out to in swing path. For the ball to start right, the club face would be open to the path and the target.

    The size and the depth of the divot will give a good indication as to the steepness (or shallowness) of the angle of attack. For example, if the divot gradually gets deeper and comes to an abrupt end without any club exit, this would signify that the angle of attack into the ball was very steep. This is quite common with players who are swinging the club from an out to in path.

    If you hit a draw shot then you are swinging in to out with the club face closed to the path. This would not show much of a divot because an in to out path is synonymous with a shallower angle of attack.

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Divots can help indicate the swing path and angle of attack, however, the only thing that can help with club face aim is the movement and starting point of the golf ball because 85% of the time the ball will start where the club face points. Use this feedback to help relate to your swing path and angle of attack.

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Divots can be easily made when the ground is wet and this will sometimes help a player swinging from in to out identify their swing path as the ground maybe softer and allow for a more visible mark on the ground. However, players wouldnt think of a divot being caused by the wetness of the ground.

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This is totally false, it is not wise to become 100% dependent on everything you discover from your divots but they do tell a very interesting story about where the club has been whilst travelling in to the ball and can be your only feedback and help on the golf course.