Re: Taking a divot in front of the ball?
On the PGA Tour, the average height on a shot is 30 yards. That is 30 yards with a driver and 30 yards with a pitching wedge. How they do it? De-lofting the club, hands ahead of the ball at impact.
As long as you don't hit it thin, the lower ball flight you get, the more backspin you will create. Just try with your wedges when chipping. Set up with the hands well in front of the ball, maybe even all the way to your left knee. When swinging back and through, make sure you lock the wrists and never let them break down. Be well ahead of the club head with the hands at impact. This will promote a lower ball flight, but also create lots of backspin. It is how the pros hit their chip and runs which come out low, hop two, tree times and then come to a complete stop. Try using your 8 iron, doing the same drill, hands in front of the ball. Don't hit full swings, just 1/2 or 3/4. Ball flight is a huge part of gaining distance.