Hitting Out of Divots (Golf Course Management)

Hitting out of divots can be frustrating, but this simple golf course management tip will help you navigate these tougher golf shots.

We’ve all had a really nice drive that lands in the middle of the fairway be ruined by ending up in a nasty divot. With this golf course management tip, Todd Kolb shows us how we can keep this bad lie from spoiling a good drive, and explains how taking more club and using a more controlled swing can keep you from making a bad situation even worse.

PGA Teaching Professional Todd Kolb with another segment of On the Lesson Tee, and today we’re talking about one of those dreaded times when you hit a good drive in the middle of the darn fairway and it comes to rest right in a divot. You know, it’s unfortunately just the way that golf is sometimes; we’ve got to play the ball as it lies, and it’s important that we understand how to hit this golf shot.

So first thing I want to tell you is this: I want you to grab a little bit more club than normal. So if you normally would hit a 7 iron from that distance, I want you to grab like a 6 iron. Next thing that I want you to do is I want you to move your hands down on the club slightly; we’re going to choke down a little bit so we get a good feel for the golf club.

Next thing I want you to do is I want you to move the ball back in the stance just a little bit. That’s probably the most important thing is move that ball slightly back in the stance. What that’s going to allow you to do is catch the ball a little bit more on a descending blow, on an angle where the club is travelling a little bit more downward so you can catch a little bit more ball first versus the ground.

The last thing I want to tell you is this: when it comes to the swing, three quarters swing. You don’t want to be trying to manhandle that thing out of the divot. A little three quarters golf swing, it’s one of the other reasons why we grab a little more club.

So let’s recap: ball stops in the fairway, it’s in a divot. We’ve got to figure out how we’re going to deal with it. Number one: grab a little bit more club. Number two: choke down on it just slightly. Number three: move the ball back a little bit; and number four: put a three quarters swing on it. When you follow these golf tips, you’re going to manage that situation, and you’re going to take what was a good drive and put that darn ball on the green.

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