Improve Your Golf Game By Looking At Your Golf Divots
Your golf divots can help you to improve your golf game. How? Simply because your divots indicate the path in which the clubhead is coming into the ball. As an example, if your divots are pointing to the right of your target then that means youve approached the ball from the inside. But if youre a left hander reading this it would mean youve cut across the ball.
If your divots are pointing to left it means that youve approached the ball from the outside (if youre a left hander and your divots pointing to the left it means youve come from the inside). Obviously if your divots are straight at the target then that means youve come into the golf ball on a perfect path.
Now the only other variable that determines where the ball goes is the clubface position at impact. Im going to give you the combinations of clubface and path so you can tell what has happened after the shot.
Divot Pointing Right
==> If your clubface is square to the divot youll produce a straight push.
==> If your clubface is open to the divot youll produce a shot going to the right and then fading/slicing.
==> If your clubface is closed to the divot youll produce a shot starting to the right and then drawing/hooking.
Divot Pointing Straight
==> If your clubface is square to the divot youll produce a straight shot.
==> If your clubface is open to the divot youll produce a shot going straight to the right.
==> If your clubface is closed to the divot youll produce a shot going straight to the left.
Divot Pointing Left
==> If your clubface is square to the divot youll produce a straight pull.
==> If your clubface is open to the divot youll produce a shot starting left and then fading/slicing.
==> If your clubface is closed to the divot youll produce a shot starting to the left and then drawing/hooking.
So once youve determined the divot shape you normally get and the shape of shot you produce as a result of this and the clubface at impact then I suggest you do the following. And this applies no matter what youve been doing.
The path in which that the clubface is travelling is most important because, as youve just read, even if your clubface is square it only matters if the path is pointing straight at your target. And besides, you cannot easily manipulate the clubface while youre swinging....but you can groove a consistent path and heres how.
Go out to the practice area and place a club down so its parallel left of your target. Now place a shoe box or something similar just outside your ball. Doing this will mean you are basically forced to swing back down into the ball on a straight path. Because if you come from the inside or outside youre going to hit the box.
Simply keep swinging and youll notice a big improvement in your divots. And now I hear you ask about the clubface. Dont worry about it. Simply by grooving a better path when swinging youll automatically improve your clubface positioning and this will happen at a subconscious level.
Finally, just concentrate on the path first and the clubface alignment will take care of itself. If you do try to control the clubface alignment while youre swinging you might hit the ball straighter but as a result youll lose serious distance. And the reason for this is because whenever you "try" to do anything you create tension. And tension in the golf swing is one of the biggest reasons golfers dont hit the ball as far as they could do.
You know you play your best golf with a free and easy mind and swing, so use drills to train your swing and dont try to manipulate it by giving conscious directions as to how the clubface should be positioned. Just simply swing and let it happen.
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