Different Divots For Different Clubs

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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+

6 Responses to “Different Divots For Different Clubs”

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    April 27, 2017


    Sometimes, maybe often, I don’t take a divot with my 7, 8, 9 iron, but I still hit good shots. Should I be doing something different? OR is this OK? Thanks.

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      April 30, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      This is you using your arms to hit the ball. You need to lighten up even more.

      Why You Do Not Take Divots: https://ignitiongolf.com/not-take-divots/

      Pros take divots so you should be taking a divot. Now, if you are a 4 hdcp or better and you don’t take a divot then we may let you get away with it but anything higher than that and you are doing something wrong.

  2. Am I correct that your posture is such your head is basically the same height off the ground for an 8 iron or a 3 wood, but that the swing arc is different (wider for the 3 wood, steeper for the 8 iron) because of the shaft length?

    I hope I stated this correctly


    • Bob,

      You would be approximately the same height. People like to stand taller with longer clubs.

      The shaft length plays a huge role in taking or not taking a divot. Longer the club the flatter it swings, the less divot is taken.

  3. December 13, 2017


    That is very intertesting. I never knew about length v. divot. But how about pitching say 40-100 yards? Do you take a divot then? I don’t remember seeing that happen on your pitching videos.

    And on the practice range when you have to play off mats you can’t take a divot then of course and the club can bounce up off the mat and seems to spoil the shot. Or maybe I am just hitting it badly?

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      December 14, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      For short pitches you don’t take a huge divot. You might skim the grass or take a small one. The club isn’t really moving that fast plus you are gripping down on the club. As you reach about 60 yards or so you would certainly be taking divots.

      The divot is taken after the ball is hit so mats shouldn’t matter. If you are hitting the mat first you are hitting it fat. This is too much weight on the back foot at contact. You need to watch these tips:

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

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