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Playing a shot from a divot




Golf ball in a divot

Playing a golf shot from a divot can be challenging, but with the right technique, you can minimize its impact on your shot. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to play a golf shot from a divot:

 


Assess the Lie: Evaluate the lie of the ball in the divot. Determine how deep the divot is and how much grass is around the ball.

 

Club Selection: Choose a club with enough loft to help you get the ball out of the divot and onto the green. Generally, you may need to choose a club with a bit more loft than usual to help you get the ball airborne.

 

Ball Position: Depending on the depth of the divot, you may need to adjust your ball position slightly. Typically, you want the ball positioned slightly back in your stance, closer to the center, to ensure a crisp contact.

 

Address Position: Adopt a slightly steeper angle of attack than normal. This means you may need to stand slightly closer to the ball and perhaps bend your knees a bit more to accommodate the downward strike.

 

Swing Adjustments: Focus on making a descending blow into the ball to ensure solid contact. You want to strike the ball first, then the ground. Aim to hit the ball cleanly, rather than trying to pick it out of the divot. Maintain a steady tempo throughout your swing.

 

Follow Through: After making contact with the ball, continue your swing through the divot. Don't try to scoop the ball or lift it out of the divot prematurely. Let the loft of the club do the work to get the ball airborne.

 

Expect Less Spin: Shots from divots often result in less spin due to the compressed grass around the ball. Be prepared for the ball to release more once it lands on the green.

 

Practice: Like any other aspect of golf, playing from divots takes practice. Spend some time on the practice range hitting shots from different lies, including divots, to develop your feel and technique.

 

Remember, playing from a divot requires patience and precision. It's essential to stay focused and committed to each shot, even if the lie isn't ideal. With practice and the right approach, you can effectively navigate shots from divots and minimize their impact on your game.




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