Learn Your Divots
When you are having bad day on the golf course, how many times do you blame the clubs, the elements, or the crazy bad luck you are having that day? The answer to all of your problem could be right at your feet where you left your divot. How much do you really know about the divot and how can you use the divot to help you fix the issues you are having that day. For many, you hit the golf ball, look at where the ball went, go grab your piece of sawed, put the grass back where you found it and carry on with your terrible round.
Before you go about your business in trying to find the ball you just hit in the woods, take a minute and look down and see what your divot is telling you because it can tell you a lot. This goes for the range warriors as well. Your divot can help you make the adjustments needed to get back on track. Duane Anderson who is a master fitter/instructor for TaylorMade dives into what your divot says about your golf swing. If you want to learn more about how you can become a better golfer and understand the game, check this advice out from a guy who has seen and experienced a lot of divots in his time.
What is a Divot?
A divot is the piece of turf that is displaced when a golf club strikes the ground. It’s important to note the shape, depth, and line of the divot as it can provide valuable insight into the direction and power of your swing.
Reading Your Divot
According to golf instructor Duane, there are two main types of divots: a straight line and a U-shaped pattern. The straight line indicates that the club is entering the turf with the correct line goal. A U-shaped pattern indicates that the toe is entering the turf first, which can cause the club to shut right.
The depth of the divot can also provide insight. If the toe section is deeper than the heel section, it indicates that the toe is hitting first. This can cause the face of the club to kick open.
Using Divots to Improve Your Swing
Divots can be a useful tool for golfers who are struggling with their swing or who are making changes to their swing. By analyzing the shape, depth, and line of the divot, golfers can identify potential issues with their swing and make adjustments accordingly.