Why a good divot means a good shot

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents 12/ 14 - DAVID LEAD­BET­TER is a Golf Di­gest Teach­ing Pro­fes­sional.

Take the right divot for bet­ter iron shots.

All great iron play­ers take a divot. It means they’re com­press­ing the ball, max­imis­ing their dis­tance, and hit­ting shots on the cor­rect tra­jec­tory. They do this by hit­ting down at im­pact, strik­ing the ball first and then let­ting the club de­scend into the ground in front of it. Ide­ally, you want to take a thin strip of grass – think piece of ba­con, not filet – and the divot you cre­ate should be point­ing at your tar­get or curved slightly to the left. This shows that you swung through im­pact on a path that came from the inside and went inside again after the strike. Follow this check­list to hit bet­ter iron shots.

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