Understanding Your Divots

Understanding Your Divots

When a golfer hits an iron shot he or she should always take a divot, that’s if you are hitting down on the ball correctly understanding your divots is so crucial if you want to improve your ball striking skills. So in this article, I am going to try and explain how you can do this quickly after hitting the golf ball when you are playing a round of golf.

Let’s begin by looking at the general direction of your divots, the direction your divots are facing will show you the path of the club coming into the golf ball. Understanding your divots - Golf Player

If you divot is pointing to the right of your target line this means that you have approached the ball from the inside of your swing, if your divots are pointing left then it means that you have approached the ball from the outside of your swing, so if your divot is pointing perfectly at the intended target then you have hit the golf ball on a perfect path – hope this is all starting to make sense!

Aside from the club head path, the only other variance in relation to where the golf ball went is the clubface alignment at impact of the golf ball, to assist you in understanding your divots I have outlined a few likely scenarios so you will be able to quickly assess what you have done after each iron shot.

Divot Pointing Straight at Your Target

If your clubface is square to the target at impact you’ll produce a straight shot
If your clubface is open to the target at impact you’ll produce a shot going straight to the right
If your clubface is closed to the target at impact you’ll produce a shot going straight to the left

Divot pointing to the Right of Your Target

If your clubface is pointing in the same direction as your divot at impact you will produce a straight push. If your clubface is aligned open to the direction of your divot at impact you will produce a shot going to the right and then fading/slicing making the ball finish way to the right of your target.

If your clubface is aligned closed to the direction of your divot at impact you’ll produce a shot starting to the right and then drawing/hooking. This is generally a good golfer’s swing path. How closed the club face is at impact will determine how good a shot this will be. Just slightly closed is the best way to hit this shot to produce a beautiful draw, and if it’s very closed it will create a horrible hook.

Divot pointing to the Left of Your Target (this is the most common!)

If your clubface is pointing in the same direction as your divot at impact you will produce a straight pull.

If your clubface is aligned open to the direction of your divot at impact you will produce a shot starting to the left and then fading/slicing. This is the classic banana slice shape of shot.

If your clubface is aligned closed to the direction of your divot at impact you’ll produce a shot starting to the left and then drawing/hooking. The ball will end up way too far to the left of the target in this scenario.

When you’re looking at your divots the club’s path is the most important aspect because if you get the clubface square at impact that only matters if the path of the club head is travelling straight at your target as well.

Now if your divots are pointing to the left of your target consistently you must work on your swing plane to fix this problem. To help you with correcting your swing plane I have located an online tutor who can seriously help you with fixing a swing plane problem, simply click on the banner below:

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I hope that this article has been useful to help with understanding your divots, if you have any questions regarding this article please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below I will be glad to respond to any comments emailed in.

Happy Golfing as Always.

Cheers,

Michael Baker
Bogeys to Birdies

4 Responses

  1. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi Rhett,

    Thanks for the feedback regarding the post about understanding your divots, so glad that you can now see the light and take more interest in the after effect a golf club has on your golf game. If you have any more comments please let me know.

    Regards,

    Michael Baker

    Bogeys to Birdies – Golf Tips for the Serious Golfer

  2. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for your comment regarding the article understanding your divots, glad that you got some benefits out of the post, many golfers never seem to look at a divot they are more interested in walking on and disregarding it. If you have any more comments please let me know.

    Regards,

    Michael Baker Bogeys to Birdies

  3. Steve says:

    I never really looked at the importance of the divot before. What you have said here makes perfect sense and really common sense as well. The next time I am out golfing I will surely be looking at how my divots are pointing and then try to make the corrections.
    Thanks for the post!

  4. Rhett says:

    This is really a great article on reading the divot. I was under the impression that the divot was just an unfortunate side effect golf had on the grass of the fairway; I never thought tho use it as a diagnostic tool to fixing my swing! Perhaps this will become more important to me as I start making contact with the ball 100% of the time!

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