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post #1 of 5
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I've been doing a drill with a twig four inches behind the ball and i do well with that but when i bring it in 2 inches i sweep  the twig or break it.

 

Ive seen drills to put your weight forward with your back heel up but i feel so unbalanced in this type of drill. is there another drill i can work on or should i just focus on the stick/pen etc behind the ball.

 

I normally leave a small divot under the ball going out an inch or two. or i start a divot and inch or two behind that goes an inch or two in front. any tips?

 

should i not focus on divots and just go as is or will hitting pro divots help me in any way?

post #2 of 5

I think understanding divots is crucial to learning and understanding a good golf swing.

 

The most important part of the divot is that it must start after the ball, which of course means that you hit the ball first. To do this consistently, your hands must be even or ahead of the club face at impact. If they're not, there's no way you will consistently take a divot after the ball.

 

Once you can do this consistently, you'll start noticing much better ball striking and a better sound on all your shots. Then you should start looking at divot depth, direction, etc.

 

While learning to understand your divots is important, and there are definitely some telltale bad divots (e.g. behind ball or clearly deep and pointing severely to the left for a right handed golfer), I'm not sure if there is such a thing as an ideal divot. Pro's divots may vary depending depending on the player and the specific shot he/she is playing.

post #3 of 5

I think this is why I have been struggling with my irons recently after making some modifications to my driver swing.  So let me ask this:

 

With the irons, you aren't supposed to hit a twig 4 inches behind the ball but with a driver you use more of a sweeping motion where you would have the club closer to the ground in comparison to the irons through the whole impact area?

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Originally Posted by Mr Smell Good View Post
 

I think this is why I have been struggling with my irons recently after making some modifications to my driver swing.  So let me ask this:

 

With the irons, you aren't supposed to hit a twig 4 inches behind the ball but with a driver you use more of a sweeping motion where you would have the club closer to the ground in comparison to the irons through the whole impact area?

 

yeah with the driver you would hit this twig or whatever you use. swinging down vs sweeping. ive been a sweeper with my irons forever, not as pronounced as my driver but a sweeper none the less, im trying to fix that for good. the four inch drill has done wonders for me. i use twigs because i have plenty pencil sized ones around the back yard.

 

i dont get to see many divots out back anymore because the old lady wasnt having it - i told her ill get the grass to grow back haha. now i use a mat, plastic balls,twigs and swing into a fence for hours with all my irons when the time permits - try it out. like today is my RH 3 iron, 8 iron and my LH 3 wood day. i switch up my RH irons every day, however i rotate my LH Driver and 3 wood every other day.

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Originally Posted by chspeed View Post
 

I think understanding divots is crucial to learning and understanding a good golf swing.

 

The most important part of the divot is that it must start after the ball, which of course means that you hit the ball first. To do this consistently, your hands must be even or ahead of the club face at impact. If they're not, there's no way you will consistently take a divot after the ball.

 

Once you can do this consistently, you'll start noticing much better ball striking and a better sound on all your shots. Then you should start looking at divot depth, direction, etc.

 

While learning to understand your divots is important, and there are definitely some telltale bad divots (e.g. behind ball or clearly deep and pointing severely to the left for a right handed golfer), I'm not sure if there is such a thing as an ideal divot. Pro's divots may vary depending depending on the player and the specific shot he/she is playing.

 

well the divots that start behind are with my pw sw.. guess its the bounce. but if its behind with any other club its not a good hit.

 

my normal divots are basically a pros longer irons, but not as small. got any other drills to hit down on the ball?

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