Illustrating Why A Divot Is Taken

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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+

20 Responses to “Illustrating Why A Divot Is Taken”

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    November 20, 2015


    Hi Paul
    I have been playing 23 months and now I found your website I am improving. However, I feel I have too much info buzzing around in my head. Can you please simplify some things for me… like…what are the important points to concentrate on. I simply love the touch your leg touch your head and it works for me every time I remember to do it! But when I don’t, it doesn’t work!!! As an elderly female player can you give me the really important aspects to improve my golf (at my age!).
    Many thanks Paul.

    • November 20, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      You should be working on building a great swing. You do not have to watch all of the tips every day I post them. They are added to the archive. So you stick to perfecting your grip, set up and follow through positions (touch legs / touch head). Watch only tips in those areas. Once you have them then work on the backswing positions. As you say when you don’t do them it doesn’t work so why would you not just keep doing them? You need to be doing them and checking the feddback so you know you are doing them every time without have to think about them. Then move on to the backswing while you are still doing the follow through.

      Use tips in the archive to supplement what you are working on.

      You can find the 8 lessons I teach everyone in order in the Dashboard. Go to FULL SWING. On that very slide it is labeled LESSONS. Watch them in order then go through the slides to the areas you are working on and stick to those. Save them to your ToDo list so you know what to work on.

      If you are watching tips on the original site just hover over the red navigation bar under GOLF TIPS. Every tips is there broken down into categories. So just stick them.

      As a reminder we also offer swing analysis. For $20 you send in your swing. We look at it and send you back what you need to be working on. This way you are not guessing. Just let us know if you are interested.

  2. November 20, 2015


    Great tip Paul. I am enjoying your tips so so much!

  3. November 20, 2015


    Greetings Coach I think I am following your teaching method “driving the swing with legs and hips” My ball distance is what I expect with almost all my clubs,my finish is good ,the club in line with my ears legs touching but I almost never take a divot . When I look at myself in the patio door I am tilted at the finish. So what am i not doing?

    • November 20, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      You are still hitting with your arms. I guarantee the lead arms is buckled at impact. No divot plus the fact that almost everyone I see is doing some sort of chicken wing would be enough for me to make this determination. Loosen up the arms more. Go looser and looser with the arms. Once you do, you will start to see the divot being taken.

      As a reminder, we do swing analysis if you need us to check it.

  4. November 20, 2015


    PS I’m not complaining mind you THANKS

  5. November 20, 2015



    A lot of good teaching, ( A little condescending, for lack of better words?) I’m 85 % and getting closer! One thing I’m not clear on is the hips leading the down swing? When I clear my hips and don’t let my hands go until after my right hip is cleared it seems to work. I don’t feel the hips leading? I feel the hips clearing the path for the coil and especially the hinge (not without coil) of the wrist to power the swing?
    Obviously I’m trying to find a consistent swing? I’ve been swing good. especially with the driver? 88, 85. 81 last three rounds.( great results in fairways hit! Better than average in greens hit! A lot of room for improvement!
    Tomorrow will be better ! Standing straighter and feeling my trigger better. My trigger is the wrist cock (hinge) ?


  6. November 20, 2015


    Im trying to implement your swing and has seen great Improvement on my shots and scores. However still getting those power full arms now and then. I did some practice swings at home yesterday and found that it was very easy to get the lower body first by resting the club on the left shoulder in the back swing. Is this a good way to practice and get powerless arms? I found it was very easy to just allow the Club to fall by itself πŸ™‚

    • November 20, 2015


      On the right shoulder sorry πŸ˜‰ Im a right handed player like you

    • November 20, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      To this day I still have to tell myself not to hit the ball with my arms. So if I am still telling myself this you will be too. The temptation to hit is great. You must swing within yourself.

      I have done this drill with numerous people over the years. This is usually for people with a short backswing. Hitting the shoulders lengths it. Once they do it for a while they hit it amazingly well.

      So yes, you can do this drill if it is helping. I would think you may have been too tight up top with your arms. After you get used to it then extend (but not lock) the lead arm. Or you can think “don’t touch my shoulder with the club” as well.

  7. November 20, 2015


    Hi Paul, Doesn’t the straightening left leg and turning the shoulders slightly open at Impact lift the left shoulder/arm and largely compensate for the drop-down due to the rightward tilt? Given that the straight left arm rotates about the left arm socket isn’t it the position of this socket at impact that determines whether a divot is taken?

    • November 20, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Nope. The divot occurs as I said. You are getting lower to the ground. Just because the left should is coming up it does not mean the right shoulder is not going down. If you straighten your left leg your hips would also be angled to the right. This too would get your arc swinging down.

      In this tip I exaggerate it so you can see it:

      How To Take A Divot:

  8. November 20, 2015



    Are there drills you have for your upper body to be tilted correctly at impact with your head behind the ball. Have a hard time getting into that position.

    If you user 5 and 6 hybrids can you still take a divot?


  9. November 21, 2015


    If you are turning back & around like between 2 chairs how do you get the tilt like you describe?


    • November 22, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      I want you doing the movement between the span of your feet. This means you would not be hitting the chairs. If your head tilted back that much in the downswing you would hit about a foot behind the ball. Just tilt so you head is behind the ball as you hit the ball.

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