How To Take A Divot

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

15 Responses to “How To Take A Divot”

  1. March 16, 2014

    Steven D

    Great lesson, Paul. Do you have any suggestions that would help those of us who practice almost exclusively on mats? Aside from the long, beautiful ball flight, how can we tell when we’re doing it right?

    • Paul Wilson

      March 17, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Steven,

      Glad you liked it. Thanks,

      If you are on mats you just have to feel if you are hitting the mat or not. I would be doing more practice swings and less balls. You should be doing this anyway using your practice time to work on your swing positions. Do lots of practice swings at home and work on your short game at the course. You could also tee it up a little and work on it with a hybrid. Then you are not hitting the mat a all. I don’t mind hitting from them but I am hitting it quite pure it is really doesn’t matter. If you are not, then you are going to get a little help from the mat. Again, use this practice time wisely. It is about the positions so stay focused and build a great swing. Then the shots will come.

      • March 17, 2014

        Steven D

        My experience has been that hitting slightly fat off the mats gets good results because the club glides along the mat and the sound at impact is quiet. I’m sure that different clubs and balls make different sounds but should I hear a clean “click” when I hit the ball first? Sometimes that turns out to be a thin shot.
        Thanks for the reminder about doing practice swings at the range. The other day, I was so happy that it was warm enough to hit balls outdoors that I completely forgot your advice about 3 practice swings for every shot. I’ll remember next time, which should be very soon.

  2. March 16, 2014

    RonCalabrese

    Hi Paul. That was the clearest explanation of the reason for a proper divot, I’ve ever seen. There have been hundreds of articles in various golf magazines on the subject but I don ‘t recall the tilt being explained so clearly. On a slightly different subject, I wanted your opinion of allowing the head to roll up during the downswing. It seems to help me turn the hips and transfer my weight properly, alla Sorenstram. Concentrating on seeing the club hit the ball seems to restrict the turning of the back knee to touching the front knee position. Is this a “crutch” to be avoided or is it permissible to not see the club strike the ball?

    Thanks, Ron

    • Paul Wilson

      March 17, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Ron,

      Glad you liked it. Thanks.

      I just thought of exaggerating a little while ago. Now people can get it.

      You can roll the head to watch the ball if you are not losing your spine angle. I did watch one of the videos. It doesn’t look too bad. You really have to hold the finish and check it on every shot. Follow this tip:

      Hit, Hold and Check: http://ignitiongolf.com/hold-check-follow-through/

      Also, you arms are not stretching out enough. Just touch the back of the head splitting the ears to fix it. You can also dot he roll over drill. Get it hooking then straighten it out with the bod rotation.

      Also, taller in the setup.

  3. One famous golfer ,RALPH GUDAHL ,was known for “picking the ball Off the turf “and taking n

    • Paul Wilson

      March 17, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Raymond,

      You need to give me a golfer from this century. I can only find one video of his swing from a bad angle. Looks like he is keeping his head very still. If so you won’t get the tilt therefore no divot. Tom Watson is a picker too. His theory is that you keep the head still. Keep it still you won’t take a big divot.

      The best thing you can do it not worry about it and keep working on the proper fundamentals as I keep telling you.

      You should not be hitting anything. You are doing a swing based on the right fundamentals. If you do the ball is hit no matter what club you are using. Longer clubs sweep. Shorter clubs are more descending.

  4. Hi Paul. I am really enjoying your lessons. Great divot lesson. I was told to hit the “Big” ball first (earth), then the little ball (golf ball) second and this would create a divot. I have not ever left a divot in any shot, but will give your lesson a try. Yes, I am quilty of over the top, looking up and sometimes missing my shot completely. Now with the tilt, I will do much better. Thanks, Mike M.

    • March 16, 2014

      Steven D

      Michael: Hitting the big ball first is called “hitting fat” and will cost you a lot of distance. I think you’re lucky that you’ve never taken a divot. If you had, the ball may have gone absolutely nowhere. I’m sure Paul will have more to add.
      -Steve

    • Michael ,
      Steven is right .The instruction is exactly the contrary:”Hit the LITTLE ball first ,then the big ball “.
      At least .that’s what I was taught !
      It does work!

    • Paul Wilson

      March 17, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Michael,

      You were told the wrong information. The ball should always be hit first then the divot. Maybe they told you this you were not taking a divot and though this would be a ay for you to actually get the club down to ground level. You want to avoid hitting. If you relax the arms you will take a proper divot without even thinking about it.

  5. March 17, 2014

    MatthewBryk

    Paul – great lesson. Never ever thought of the tilt before I started your lessons. We still have snow on the ground in Iowa but will certainly add this to my list of moves to look for when I can practice. Thanks.

    • Paul Wilson

      March 17, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Matthew,

      Glad you liked it. Thanks.

      I hope you are working on your swing now by doing practice swings. This is the best time to be working on your swing. It is not about hitting balls. It is about building a great swing. So focus on building the swing now. Then when you can get out there you will have a great swing.

  6. Hi Paul;
    If the tilt is overdone, will it not lead to a reverse pivot & fat shots? This was my biggest issue as a beginner. I wasn’t trying to tilt, I just wasn’t turning my hips.

    • Michael,

      A reverse pivot is when the weight moving from the wrong leg to the wrong leg throughout the swing. Too much weight on the back foot could be from a reverse pivot because the weight would be transferring back on this foot. If you are shifting back but just not getting off this foot then it would be just hanging back not a reverse pivot.

      Yes, you need to turn and get the weight off this foot. I have done tips on it here:

      Impact Head Behind Ball: http://ignitiongolf.com/impact-head

      Stop Fat Shots When Working On Moving Your Head: http://ignitiongolf.com/fat-shots-moving-your-head/

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