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How to Hit Out of Divots on a Golf Course

Your golf ball occasionally finishes in a hole made by someone who previously hit a shot from the same spot and forgot to replace the grass. These holes are known as divots. You can get the ball out of a divot with a little work.

1

Set up with the ball farther back in your stance to encourage a steeper attack at impact.

Push your hands forward a little, too. You need to feel as if you’re really hitting down on this shot.

2

Aim your shot.

The ball will come out a lot lower and run along the ground more than a normal shot.

3

Cock your wrists on the backswing.

Also, swing upright on the backswing with the club (take the arms away from the body going back), which allows a steeper path down to the ball.

4

Swing down and through.

Don’t swing too hard. When you swing too hard, you move your head and don’t hit the ball squarely. And when the ball is lying below the ground, you must hit it squarely. Because the ball is back in your stance and your hands are forward, your blow should be a descending blow. (When is the last time you had a follow-through when chopping wood?)

Depending on the severity and depth of the divot, take a club that has more loft than you'd normally use. You need extra loft to counteract the ball being below ground level. Don’t worry — the ball comes out lower because your hands are ahead of the ball. That makes up for the distance lost by using less club.

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