Frustrated with golf divots?

Don't let it get to you! You can master hitting long, powerful, and accurate shots out of a divot.

We've all been there. Once your club struck the ball you knew you hit a great shot off the tee and you watched your ball sail down the middle of the golf course fairway only to find it in a divot once you arrived at your ball. For a quick second you had a moment of panic.

Hitting out of a golf divot can be a tricky situation. A golf divot is the piece of turf and soil that is removed when an iron club strikes the ground during a golf swing.

This leaves a depression in the grass, resulting in uneven lies for golfers to hit from. When hitting out of a golf divot, golfers should use a club that has less loft, such as an iron or hybrid, to help get the ball out of the divot with minimal effort.

It is important to aim for the high side of the golf divot and use a slightly descending blow when making contact with the golf ball.

Additionally, golfers should avoid taking too aggressive a swing as this will only result in the golf ball staying in the golf divot.

Finally, golfers should also ensure that their grip and stance remain firm when hitting out of a golf divot to increase accuracy.

Let's take a closer look. By following these tips and taking your time, golfers are sure to have success in hitting out of a golf divot.

Accept the Situation

Golf divots are part of the game, but they don’t have to ruin your golfing experience. With some practice and patience, golfers can master hitting shots out of a golf divot.

When faced with a divot, stay calm and make the most of it. Don't flip your club in frustration or hit your ball into a tough lie. You can't change the situation, so accept it and move past any frustration.

First tell yourself, "divots are a normal part of course conditions", then ask yourself, "how can I still make par from here?"

Figure out the Lie and Your Next Shot

When golfers hit out of a golf divot, they must take into consideration the lie of the golf ball. This means determining whether or not the golf ball will be able to clear the lip of the golf divot and how far it will travel after contact.

Golfers can practice and groove a descending path by hitting many shots from golf divots at your local practice range, and seeing how each golf ball reacts. That is, if they have turf instead of mats. This way, golfers can adjust their swing for the slope of the golf divot and figure out which club to use for the best results.

By following the tips and strategies in this article, golfers can hit successful golf divot shots with little frustration or difficulty. So next time you’re faced with a golf divot, stay calm and get ready to hit the ball with confidence.

Determine the Club to Use

The golf club that golfers use when hitting out of a golf divot can make all the difference.  For golfers hitting out of a divot, it is recommended to use a golf club with less loft such as an iron or hybrid. This will help golfers get the ball out of the golf divot with minimal effort.

Know how far you need to hit and what flight paths are available. Golfers should also determine which golf club to use by taking into consideration the lie of the golf ball, any obstacles facing them, and the distance they need the shot to travel. The greater the distance golfers need to hit, the the longer the club they'll need to use in order to get maximum distance out of their shot.

Adjust Your Setup for Proper Divot Shot Technique

Setting up your swing is key to hitting a golf divot shot well. Hitting from a divot or heavily sanded area can be intimidating even for pro golfers. A bad strike of the ball leads to inaccurate shots and lack of power.

Below are 5 tips to help you ensure a better chance of hitting a decent shot coming out of a divot:

1. Place ball position back in your stance

You'll need to slightly modify your stance so the ball is at the back of it. You can get a descending blow on the ball and blast it out of the terrible lie by placing the ball in this position.

2. Lean forward slightly

Leaning forward and making sure the shaft corresponds to that lean are other aspects of your setup that you should keep in mind.

3. Early wrist hinge

To ensure you can blast the ball out of the divot, you should make an aggressive blow at the ball when you take your swing. Hinge the club early in your backswing, this will enable you to swing faster and deliver a downward blow.

4. Take a steeper  angle of attack

You should have a steep attack angle to make ball-first contact. Everything you've done up to this point in the setup and takeaway will encourage this sharp attack angle. Now all you have to do is make sure your aggressive contact is produced and your swing bottoms out after striking the ball.

5. Finish your swing to completion

It's simple to become distracted by the divot and shorten your swing, but you must make sure to finish it. Remain focused. You should have no trouble getting your ball out of the divot and back into play.

Make sure you have enough room to swing comfortably. Then get into good balance with your weight. Take a deep breath and adjust your stance, depending on the severity of the divot. Firm up your grip for better control.

Practice makes perfect! Familiarize yourself with divot shots and various clubs. Grooved motions will become instinctive when you need them most.

Take care when swinging – one smooth motion is what you want to accomplish. It will help alleviate any swing path issue you may create by overswinging.

Proper course maintenance can help avoid these frustrating shots! Always fill in any divots or depressed areas before moving onto the next hole to help out other golfers. They will appreciate you leaving them a good divot to hit from.

Trust Yourself

When you're dealing with a golf divot, it can be easy to swing without focus. Don't do it! Trust your swing. It can make all the difference.

  • Keep your swing rhythm steady.
  • Do a full turn on your backswing.
  • Accelerate into the ball, not too soon or too late.
  • Look at the ball and make sure your contact will be square and controlled.

Side Note

I just want to make sure it's clear that we are discussing golf course fairway divots here and not putting green divots. Sometimes people hear the word divot and immediately think of the putting green.

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There are golf divot tools specifically designed to fix ball marks on the green.  A divot repair tool is very handy to have in your bag along with ball markers. I personally keep a divot tool and ball marker in my pocket during my rounds just to make the game move quicker.

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