Why You Do Not Take Divots

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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 “Why You Do Not Take Divots”

  1. February 12, 2017


    Paul ,Taking a divot with one of the irons in the bag is obvious ,if you perform your way ,with a tilted spine at impact and loose arms.
    Now what to do with the fairway woods and the hybrids ?
    With these clubs you hit the ball with the club descending ,less though than with the irons .
    I myself “brush “the turf with the sole of these clubs.
    If you “brush “too much the grass ,the club slows down and the ball doesn’t take off .
    If you don’t brush the grass, you thin the ball.
    Could you please elaborate more extensively on the subject as a complement to this nice video lesson and show us how you do it an another video lesson

  2. February 12, 2017


    Paul, it looks like in this tip you are swaying forward more than I thought your technique teaches. I,ve been trying to rotate without swaying forward. Are you suggesting we add a little hip push forward, toward the target, as we rotate?

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      February 13, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      It is a turn and shift at the same time. I don’t promote shift because if you end up in my touch the legs position you would have had to have shifted. So I know you will shift. I don’t know you will turn. So incorporate only enough lateral to go between your legs. Wide stance = too much shift. Too narrow = not enough shift.

      I certainly wasn’t trying to shift. I was just doing my normal swing.

  3. October 11, 2018

    Steve Weber

    Paul, I am (was) a 12 handicap. MY last 4 rounds have all been in the 70’s (Once even on a TPC course I had never played before) so I have been hitting the ball well, really feel like I am getting the powerless arms down and having fun! So thank you. One of the things you say that always sticks in my head is that if the pros are doing it, I should be trying to do it too. Right now I am taking shallow or thin divots. Is the most likely reason just need to work more on relaxing the arms or is there anything else to look for? Happy with where my swing is going but definitely do not take pro like divots.

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      October 11, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      That’s great. You do have a good swing so it was just a matter of time until it all came together.

      Just focus on the club hitting the ball a little longer. You might be coming out of it slightly. This would be due to hitting good shots and you being so excited you want to see it a little early. Don’t watch the first 30-50 yards of your shots.

      Keep in mind they are playing way different fairways. They are tight so any kind of contact is going to take a bigger divot so your divots might not be as bad as you think.

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