Do you take a divot?

Good players hit down on the ball when playing a shot off the ground, NOT up.  There should be no attempt to neither scoop nor lift the ball into the air.

To effectively hit down on the back of the ball, the good player ensures their hands are in front of the ball at impact and the club shaft is leaning towards the target.  This is a trait of ALL good players.

Here is a good practice drill to ensure you strike the ball properly.


  • Place a rolled up golf towel approximately 8” – 10” behind the ball.
  • Play the ball back in the stance.
  • Weight forwards.
  • Hands forwards

Ensure you miss the towel by ensuring your weight is shifting forwards and you do not release the club head too early.

NOTE: if you move your weight back OR release the club head too early, you will hit the towel.

Start by using this drill with your chipping, then move to pitching, then to full swings.  The towel should be closer to the ball for a chip shot than a full swing.

Practicing this drill regularly, will help improve consistency in ball striking, trajectory, compression and distance.


David Williams
AAA Rated PGA Professional & Teaching Professional
Cardinia Beaconhills Golf Links
Melbourne, Australia

Director of Golf & Coaching @ Rossdale Golf Club
Director of Golf & Coaching
Rossdale Golf Club
Aspendale, VIC. Australia

P: (03) 9580 4763

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