For years, I have had a raging debate with many players on where the divot should start. Over the years, I have heard at the back of the ball, the middle of the ball or in front of the ball. We all agreed that behind the ball was bad news. Of course, it is important to point out that the following is for your irons and not your woods. I do not believe in taking a divot with my woods because it causes my stroke to lose power. We can discuss this in the future. As we move through the discussion, think of where your divot starts and the type of contact you have with your ball.
It is important understand that your divot should start at the leading edge of your ball. This is a widely accepted fact and if you watch any video on taking a divot, this is what they espouse. I am in complete agreement with this way of thinking. Unfortunately, not everyone does:
It is important that your divot start at the leading edge of your ball because it helps to promote many aspects of a consistent and effective golf swing. If you are wondering, here is what I believe:
1. The bottom of the swing is at the same spot all the time. This allows me to gauge my set up and prevent miss hits due to poor alignment.
2. The club face compresses the ball. Science tells us that by compressing the golf ball, we get more distance. This is true in all cases on the links and I need to take advantage of this scientific fact when ever I can.
3. Promotes control of lateral body movement during our swing. I have always felt that my weight should not transfer past the inside of my trail leg during my back swing. If I get outside of this position, I usually hit behind the ball. As a result (after some harsh words spoken under my breath), I hit the ball fat. I hate that!
4. Lastly, starting my divot on the leading edge of my golf ball helps me hit the sweet spot on the club face. This is very important to great contact and I do pay attention to this aspect of my swing.
Creating a consistent and effective swing is a result of starting my divot at the right place. Rick Shiels describes this very well in the video below:
The next time you are out on the range, pay attention to where your divot starts in relation your golf ball. You can accomplish this by drawing a line in the grass, placing a tee on the ground to mark the leading edge of your ball, or use a thin piece of string. After a few swings, you will notice where your divot starts and make immediate adjustments if required.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!