I am fairly confident that during a friendly most amateurs who land in a divot on the fairway will use a foot wedge to improve their lie. I do say this with tongue in cheek, however I am pretty sure it does happen. During competitions I would say that this would never happen and all golfers would play it as it lies. Over the many, many years of playing golf I rarely (maybe twice a year) land in a divot in the fairway and as such do not work on hitting out of divots on a routine basis. This does not mean I have not worked on this important skill, it just means that I can.
I watched several videos on this topic and found that one below the most educational. Amiee lays out the proper steps for hitting out of a divot and explains the important differences in course conditions. There is one aspect of here video I do not agree with, but I will save my minor comments until after the video.
I am very happy that Aimee mentioned course management when hitting out of a divot. This is an often overlooked by amateurs. We think that we must hit the ball hard all the time hope for the best when the opposite is true. Selecting the right club to set up our next shot is critical to maintain low golf scores.
The point I do not agree with from the video is hitting a wood or hybrid out of a divot. My experiences teach me that the sole of the club is too large and I have a tendency to bounce the club off the ground and top the ball. I have tried the steeper angle of attack on the downswing, but the hybrid or wood neutralizes the benefits of these rescue clubs. I recommend using an iron when hitting out of a divot in the fairway. It is the higher percentage shot with the greatest chance of setting up a successful next shot.
Hitting a ball out of a divot is a skill I infrequently use. I have practiced this skill so I have some kind of ability to hit this extremely challenging shot, yet I would not consider myself very proficient. Regardless, if you find yourself in a pickle and need to know how to hit out of a divot, I recommend following Aimee’s technique.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!