Everything You Ever Need to Know about Golf Divots

Dan Gold
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Why You Create Divots

Of all the small things you take for granted in the game of golf, divots are definitely one of the biggest.

If youve ever wondered the origin of divots, youre not alone. A golf divot is not something that you just randomly come across. It is something that is deliberately created.

Divots are created when there is a misalignment in the equipment (such as when the clubface and the ball are misaligned) and the ball deviates sharply from its intended path.

When that happens, the club face digs into the ground, and the impact causes the soil to be forced out to the sides. That is what a golf divot is.

This phenomenon is widely considered to be an unavoidable aspect of the game. However, it is not entirely true. You can curtail the number of divots that you create if you just take the time and effort to properly align your equipment to the ball and arrange the terrain in such a way that you dont have to chip the ball high in the air.

In this article, you will learn how to create a divot, why making divots is unavoidable, and how you can avoid creating divots when you play golf.

Compression vs. Proper Path

The compression theory was popular in Golf until the 1920s, when proper moving was discovered.

Compression theory basically stated that anything that “squashed” the ball was bad, while anything that “pushed down” the ball was good.

For example, if you had a swing that did not allow your hands to be perfectly still at the top of the swing, then that was bad, according to this theory.

Instead, compression theory recommends that you swing the club so that your hands are perfectly still at the top, because then there is no compression of the ball, and it will fly off at the perfect path and distance.

Proper moving theory basically states that the objective is not to preserve the position of the hands at the top.

Instead, you should swing the club so that the clubface (NOT the entire club) has the proper angle for your swing.

The golf ball has a dimple pattern on it, and when the clubface strikes the ball, the spinning ball also hits and squashes some of the dimple pattern off into the air.

The pattern that goes in, goes out, and the dimples that go down, come up.

Understanding Low Point

Or the Lowest Point, of Your Swing.

Playing a good round of golf depends on making a good number of solid shots. And the number of good, solid shots you can produce in a round will mean that you can play a consistent game.

If you hit your ball solidly most of the time, you’re on your way to good golf.

Here’s a simple little drill that you can do to begin to master the solid shot and begin to fine tune your swing.

Draw a line down a piece of paper that is divot-trouble free.

Take a look at the line. Think of it as your swing.

Where does it dip and drop?

The dip at the bottom of your swing is referred to as a “low point.” This is the point at which the golf ball is theoretically at the lowest part of the swing and the point at which the ball is in the air.

Proper Divot For Each Club


If your ball is not more than 4 feet away**, take the club back to the golf ball in the first position and then take the club back about 7 inches with your hands still in the first position. When you are about to make contact with the ball, your hands will be about even with your shoulders (Shoulder width apart). You will twist your hands at the top of the swing around your body and swing towards the ground


If your ball is more than 4 feet away**, take the club back to the golf ball in the first position and then take the club back about 12 to 14 inches with your hands still in the first position. When you are about to make contact with the ball, your hands will be about even with your shoulders (Shoulder width apart). You will twist your hands at the top of the swing around your body and swing towards the target


What Divots Can Tell You About Your Swing

A divot is a chunk of turf that has been taken out of the ground by the club during impact. They may not be the most dignified looking culprits, but divots provide useful information about your swing and the path of your ball.

To understand how divots can help your game, you need to learn how to identify their cause. There are a few things to look for to determine what kind of divot you hit. The flight of the ball is the first thing to look for. Believe it or not, the height at which the ball was traveling helps decipher if you hit a low divot, a high divot or an average divot. The ball that is traveling at an even pace will most likely hit a low divot. If it is flying lower than normal it probably was hitting a high divot. A ball that is going straight up in the air means that it was hitting an average divot.

There are other things to look for about the flight of the ball to determine what kind of divot you hit. If you hit an odd number of divots on the right side of the fairway and an even number of divots on the left side, it is more likely that you are golfing in a natural fade. If you hit more divots on the left side and fewer on the right, you are likely to have been golfing in a natural draw.

Drill to Square The Club

Every golfer knows that you should set the club face at the front of the ball at address. But how many people actually do it?

It is a good habit for you to align your club face at the beginning of your round, and then reset it during your round. Driving straight is much more difficult when the face is not aligned with the target. This takes practice. And even players who°ve been playing for years miss this.

A club alignment laser can help you here. It is a small laser that transforms a small green dot into straight club face alignment. You simply position the white targeting light close to the ball, at hip level.

Once you are at the address position, the red laser line should be right in the middle of the ball and your target.

There are also the jumbo visor style caps or club alignment tool or line spray that you can put on the cap and set the green line to the target.

If you find it hard to see the laser or it is too dark outside, you can use the yellow line on the sky as a guide. Straight up and down means your face is aligned properly.

To keep you eye on straight on during your round, there is a laser that has up and down lines for you to align your body with.

Using these tools to get your club face straight over the ball will save you a lot of shots.

Preferred Divot Pattern on the Range

The divot pattern (also known as the divot stomp) is the first item of business at the start of any practice session. After all, the divot pattern is the most important of all the rules of golf.

The first part of taking a divot is to place the club head behind the ball. This will be easier if the ball is slightly closer to your stance.

Take aim at a location that is about a foot to the right of the target, and place the club head behind the ball. With the top of the club head just off the ground, stick the club into the ground.

Rotate the wrist of your left hand, and put the club head at about a 45-degree angle. This creates enough room for the grass to move up around the club and form the divot.

With the club head still in the ground, bend over and pull the club towards you. This allows the blade of grass to wrap around the club, and helps create the divot pattern.

FAQs About Divots

To begin with, no one knows where the word “divot” comes from, nor how it got into golf slang.

A divot can also be the result of a golf shot, and is the chunk of grass that is raised up.

In this case, a divot is the name of the clump of grass that was peeled up when your ball hit the green. It could be great material for putting after all.

Divots are almost always repaired after a golf hole finishes.

They are a fault, and take away from the aesthetics of the green.

This mistake is more seen in the short game than in the long game.

For example, when the golfer hits a shot that gets the ball to land on the green of the fairway, but when the shot is hit too far and the ball rolls into the rough grass, the golfer may choose to leave the divot in the rough, allowing for easier play.

In general, divots are a result of an amateur trying to play too much with sloped land or without enough distance.

A golf ball hitting a hill can cause the ball to jump away from the fairway and land in land it is not supposed to.

How do I replace them?

Maintaining your golf divots can be a fun and interesting sideline that you can incorporate into your game, so it is always worthwhile taking the time and effort to repair the marks made by the golf cart. The first rule when repairing divots is to make sure that the green is actually marked with a pitchmark that needs repairing. Some pitches are easy to spot, while others are marked subtly, and require closer inspection.

Take careful note of the type of green-maker that was used, which will usually be found on the bag of the green maker or in its manual. Usually, you need to apply some damp sand to the pitch, until it is level again, although some green makers simply involve replacing a small layer of turf. It is also common to have to mix top soil with sand for the repair process, and a number of other products to help strengthen the affected part of the pitch. Some green-makers also need you to apply a chemical to the pitch.

Given the fact that the cost of the product used is relatively small, the bill could quickly run up to a significant amount. However, the experience of restoring your pitch is far more rewarding than simply paying to replace it.

Why do my golf divots point left?

Have you ever watched the pros tee off and wondered how in the world their divots pointed to the left of the ball?

If so, you’re not alone. With top-level pros slashing the turf like Tiger Woods, many golfers try to incorporate divot swinging into their game. It just feels right to follow through to the left.

However, there are a number of ways divots can point, and the variety has to do with the swing. Divots can point to the left or right, straight behind the ball, or even at angles relative to the direction of the swing.

Unfortunately, many amateur golfers have developed bad habits from their start that are now ingrained into their swing. As a result, many of them are unable to correct them.

Of course, one of the best ways to improve the quality of your divot is to improve the quality of your swing. However, there are certain drills, exercises, and positions you can use to improve your divot without affecting the quality of your swing.

Why do golfers take a divot?

You hit the ball a little too hard, and it goes into the rough. Now you have to get your ball out of the grass by hitting it again. When you pull the club out of the grass, you leave a little chunk of grass behind … a divot.

If you leave a divot every time you recover your ball from the rough, smooth, firm ground, or water, the golf course will be beat up pretty bad. Also, the grass you’re pulling out of the ground may no longer be able to grow where it was before you took the divot repair tool.

The balls also leave marks in the grass … after all, this is what a golf ball is designed to do. So, golfers use divot repair tools to fix divots … usually when they’ve taken too long to go find their ball.

The most common spot for golfers to take divots, however, is out of bunkers. The sand traps are usually wet and soggy, and the ball may not come out after the first shot. So, the golfer takes out his divot repair tool and hits it again, but not before maiming the golf course in the process.

How do you hit a golf ball with a divot?

Well done! Next time you find yourself on a golf course you are going to take a couple of steps to practice that technique. But first you'll need to know the basics.

The first thing you need to get right is a solid grip. Your hands are going to be holding the golf club, and the grip you take will in combination with how you use your legs and back give the ball a lot of momentum. You can use a technique called the “V grip.”

In this case, the palms of the hands are turned down and you can also hold the shaft of the club lightly between the thumb and forefinger.

You may be standing in shoes or you may have just the golf spikes on the feet.

For the swing, you will need to keep your elbows slightly bent.

This is so that you can increase the potency of the swing.

Next you will need to concentrate on swinging the golf club along the target line. This will be along the same line as the original ball flight.

You need to make sure you keep the head of the club pointing forward. This is essential if you want to hit the ball with a divot.

As you swing back you can keep your head and eye on the ball and your eye on the target. This will allow you to adjust the angle of the club so that you strike the ball square.

Wrapping Up

There is no doubt about the fact that how you treat your golf divot is the key to maintaining not only a green looking fairway but also a perfect and sweet putting surface.

While you are a beginner in the game of golf, it would be better if you discuss with your fellow golfers or the pro at the local driving range.

They can help you understand how you can make the best of your divot.

Talking about the cost factor; the amount you would spend on the local equipment fairway might be even more than you expect.

Therefore, it would be a better idea to spend a few dollars and buy a divot repair.

This DIY divot repair kit comprises a simple piece of ground, a matching divot, and some glue to keep it in place.

If you have a quite a large divot on the fairway, then you should first make a small hole with the pitchfork.

Then, using a divot repair kit, you can make your divot hole look as new as possible.

What’s more? You should also be very careful while pitching so that you don’t end up with too many divots.

And if you are looking to buy a divot removal tool, then don’t worry.

There are plenty of tools available with you. So pick one and start digging into the golf game.