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A good swing without taking a divot

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I recently had rotator cuff surgery and my surgeon is insisting when I return to golf that I do not take divots to avoid re-injury. Previously I would always take a divot after the ball. Some help on how  I might change my swing?? 

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I had a complete overhaul done on my right shoulder and my Doctor advised me the same as you. I had just gotten to the point in my game that I was consistently taking a divot will all my irons so I figured if I took it slow and just practiced my swing around the house until the healing progressed enough to get back to actually golfing that I would be OK......., WRONG!!! I found out really quick that taking it easy around the house and hitting off a mat, (Optishot), was nowhere near what I would get myself into on the actual course. After "chunking" a few balls I felt like I had ripped my shoulder back apart and I believe it really impeded my healing process. I had to kind of sweep the ball for a long time after surgery and even now after a year and 8 months when I take to big of a divot I can really feel it in the shoulder and it takes me several days/weeks to get over it. 

 

Hoping and praying for a speedy recovery for you bro....., I sure know where your at right now. God Bless!!!! Ray

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I guess I should have been more specific. I was asking for help in changing my swing from taking a divot to picking the ball as per my doctors orders. All swing coaching seems to be hitting down on the ball as I was taught but now I need some opposite instructions. Any advise would be apprieciated.

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Check into some of Nicklaus' books. He was a "sweeper", barely brushing the grass while still making good contact. It was the way I learned the game as a youth. Probably will mean playing more 'cuts' with the irons since that's easier to do.
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I guess I should have been more specific. I was asking for help in changing my swing from taking a divot to picking the ball as per my doctors orders. All swing coaching seems to be hitting down on the ball as I was taught but now I need some opposite instructions. Any advise would be apprieciated.

Gary Edwin's "Right Sided-Swing" and Kiran Kanwar's Minimalist Golf Swing System both promote a shallow club path on all shots by keeping the right side in tilt prior to and throughout the downswing. Pro's using Gary Edwin's Right-Sided Swing actually have to flatten their equipment to get the true benefit of the sweep. My Ping G-25's are standard and my Titleist D-3 driver is a slight right bias draw 11 degrees and I hit the ball without divots with a slight draw (10 yards or less as clubs get shorter).

 

Details can be had from:  http://www.garyedwin.com or on YouTube in any of Kiran's 70 videos.

 

Good luck!

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