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not taking divots

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
For some reason I dont take divots and i cant figure out why. I hit the ball crisp well it feels like and the only time i get a divot is if the ground is really wet or if i hit it fat. Without a video what could be some reasons that im not getting a divot and is it ok that im not getting one.
post #2 of 24

Re: not taking divots

I have the same exact problem. It's really frustrating. Hopefully someone will have an answer...
post #3 of 24

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This (like many) is tough to address without seeing a video of your swing. But, generally a swing that is too shallow through the ball will result in a shallower divot.

Also, pulling through and spinning out with the hips can cause thin shots and shallow divots.
post #4 of 24

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Very tough to address without seeing a video. As far as "is it OK?" . Tom Watson is a self proclaimed "picker" of the golf ball. I would say it has worked for him.
post #5 of 24

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It could be many things that are causing you to not take a divot

- Spinning your hips to quick on the downswing making you pop out of the shot
- starting the downswing with your shoulders which will make you come over the top and flip your clubhead through impact, also known as casting
- trying to help the ball in the air will result in a non downward strike on the ball which produces a picked shot
post #6 of 24

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I don't think it's a problem at all. I don't really take divots and ball striking is definitely my bread and butter in the game. My ball position is also a bit more forward than most other players I see. However, when I play a trap shot with my short irons and wedges, I do get a pretty large divot.

If you're not getting to the ball cleanly, maybe check that you are at full extension at impact which will bring the bottom of your swing arc lower. As previously stated, videos would help.
post #7 of 24

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Are you sure you hit the ball crips every time? If you hit if fat from time to time, chances are the bottom of your swing is too far back. Could be lack of weight forward.
post #8 of 24

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Here is the OP's driver swing. Probably not going to help in this topic....but we will get more videos next weekend.

post #9 of 24

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Originally Posted by kpaulhus View Post
Here is the OP's driver swing. Probably not going to help in this topic....but we will get more videos next weekend.

he definatly redirects the club to much more vertical when he gets to the top, kinda crossing the line. his miss is prolly a slice.
post #10 of 24

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here is what ur doing wrong,


- keep your right elbow close to your side during your backswing, you have it completly flying at the top
- your also starting your dowswing with your shoulders and coming over the top
post #11 of 24
Thread Starter 

Re: not taking divots

Appreciate all the tips as kpaulhus said ill get some iron vids next week and post. I have actually changed my driver swing a little because i was slicing the ball(dont asked what i fixed cause i dont know, just went to range abunch and tried differnt things til i found something that worked a little better.)
post #12 of 24

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The only way to take serious divots it to pound the ball down into the ground. I try not to think about a method for taking a divot but rather let taking a divot direct my swing. But I know some people play really good golf taking minimal divots. If you try to start taking divots you will probably hit more than a few fat shots but eventually you should get better at it. But if as you say you hit the ball crisp then why bother?
post #13 of 24

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I don't try taking a divot, it happens by itself when I manage to get a good descending stroke on the ball. When I don't get it, my weight has not moved enough forward, my head has moved forward, head lifted, flipping or something like that.
post #14 of 24

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Originally Posted by Zeph View Post
I don't try taking a divot, it happens by itself when I manage to get a good descending stroke on the ball. When I don't get it, my weight has not moved enough forward, my head has moved forward, head lifted, flipping or something like that.
That is another way of thinking about it but one that does not work for me. I have come to the conclustion that am more of a feel player and can't think about too much mechanically just before I swing. I think about taking a divot and that causes me to make a descending blow on the ball.
post #15 of 24

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Some players dont take much of a divot, it doesnt mean you cant hit the ball well. I once watched tom kite hit irons for close to 45 mintues and he didnt move a blade a grass...it was quite gangsta, TBH.
post #16 of 24

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To the OP I'm the same way, I don't take much of a divot either, just a little one on shorter clubs. Seems when I try to take a bigger one I don't hit it as solidly. So I just roll with it, I probably don't get as much spin as others that do, but on a positive side I'm able to hit my longer irons better than most (because of the sweeping motion) and also good for fairway bunker play as sweeping motion is needed their too. So I'd say if you hit the ball well and have the distance you like just play that way. You just have to play for a little more roll out when hitting into green.
post #17 of 24

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It's proven the more divot you take, the futher the ball flies
post #18 of 24

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Originally Posted by GrahamD View Post
It's proven the more divot you take, the futher the ball flies
I've taken huge sods of turf out of the ground.
The ball didn't go very far.
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