Divot Digging

Do you ‘dig deeply’ or ‘tread softly’? Of course, I’m referring to golf swing basics and your golf swing. Do you ‘dig a hole’ or ‘sweep the turf’? A traditional paradigm in establishing a proper golf swing is that you must take a large divot from the ground under and past the golf ball in order to “compress the ball” to achieve ball speed and distance in your iron play. What if you questioned this? I’m not saying that it’s “wrong”, but I am proposing that you experiment to assess if it’s right for you.

Has the example of seeing premier athletes on the professional golf tours (often with muscular forearms to withstand the force of the divots) filtered down to average golfers’ imitative efforts and to the traditional golf instruction industry? Could the “divot digging” on the professional golf tours actually be a cause of the proliferation of finger, hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, rib, and back injuries? Think about the violent vibrations going up the golf club and through the arms and body from “divot digging”. Does the average golfer have the physical capability of taking deep divots to “compress the golf ball”?

Are you likely to achieve a similar compression of the golf ball by just brushing the grass under and past the golf ball??

Do you make your best golf swing by trying to swing down to take a divot, or do you more naturally perform effective golf swing technique by swinging around your body to produce a simple golf swing that allows your instincts to produce proper golf swing mechanics? I suggest that you examine the “costs” to your golf swing, and to your body, from trying to swing down and “divot digging” versus the “benefits” of sweeping the turf under and past the golf ball.

Percy Boomer, in his classic golf instruction book “On Learning Golf”, refers to the advantages and attributes of feel and fluency in the golf swing (as opposed to force and effort) by simply asserting, “Sweep the ball away.” Give it a chance. See what you think……and see what you feel!

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