Learn about swing by study­ing div­ots

The Signal - - Golf - with Hans Ker­st­ing

Do you pay much at­ten­tion to your div­ots? If you don’t, it’s time to start be­cause you can learn a lot about your golf swing by study­ing your div­ots.

I’ll never for­get watch­ing my for­mer col­lege team­mate, Tim Her­ron, con­stantly star­ing at his div­ots on the prac­tice range. At the time, it didn’t mean a whole lot to me. I quickly learned, how­ever, that he was learn­ing ev­ery­thing he needed to know about his golf swing by the pat­tern of his div­ots.

Most golf in­struc­tors will tell you that a per­fect divot is one that is the shape of a dol­lar bill and is fac­ing your tar­get. This is gen­er­ally the sign of a proper swing path with a proper face an­gle at im­pact.

Un­for­tu­nately, this is not the divot most of you prob­a­bly ex­pe­ri­ence.

Many am­a­teur golfers take div­ots that are fac­ing to the left of their tar­get (for right-handed golfers). This is a clas­sic divot pat­tern for some­one who swings a bit “out­side to in” with an open club­face. This divot typ­i­cally re­sults in a slice, and is the cause for much heartache on the golf course!

If this is your divot pat­tern, you should fo­cus on chang­ing the di­rec­tion of your divot. If your divot points to the left, try tak­ing a divot that will face to the right.

If you have an align­ment stick, it’s a good idea to place that on the ground and point it to the right of your in­tended tar­get.

Next, prac­tice at­tempt­ing to take a divot that points in the same di­rec­tion of the stick. If you don’t have an align­ment stick, you can just place a golf club on the ground in­stead. If you do use a golf club, make sure the grip end is in front of you rather than the club end ... just in case of a ric­o­chet!

Study­ing your divot pat­tern is a great way to im­prove your golf swing in 2019. Get your div­ots pointed to­ward your tar­get and you will be on your way to an amaz­ing year of golf!

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