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Understanding Your Divots & Learn From Them




Every pro knows their divot is a great piece of information when it comes to working out what might be wrong with a golf swing.

If you watched any golf tournaments over the summer months you may have noticed what the pros do when they hit a shot that doesn’t finish exactly as they had planned.

Having watched the trajectory of the shot and then the finish in the wrong spot, the player will immediately look down at their divot in search of answers to the question: “Why did the ball go there?”




Here are the four main things you can learn from looking at a divot.

  •  A divot aiming left of your target is a sign of an outside-to-inside swing path resulting in a pulled shot, a fade or slice.
  • A divot aiming right of your target is a sign of a pushed shot or a hook.

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  • A deep divot indicates a steep downswing that will result in shots that come up short. This could be a ball position issue.
  • A divot that is too shallow is a sign the swing is too flat or is coming up and out of the shot. Two things to examine here are ball position or a reverse pivot swing where your weight is moving away from the target at impact.

During your next round, take a look at your divot after a less-than-perfect shot and see what it has to say.




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