How to Swing to Get Out of a Fairway Divot

By Gary Wiren

Well look here; that is what I would call an unpleasant surprise. I have driven the ball right down the middle of the fairway and where am I, in the middle of a divot that looks like it was probably the group in front of us because it looks very fresh. Anyhow, that is a tough lie and I am going to have to make some adjustments in order to be able to hit this shot correctly.

Adjustments for Hitting a Divot

Now one of the things we need is descent, and there are three ways that you can get descent in your swing.

  • One, put your weight to the left and you have descent, if you were to put your weight to the right you would have ascent, so you want your weight front and on your left side.
  • Number two, tilt the stick forward and you have descent, tilt the stick back and you have ascent, so you want to tilt the stick forward. And the third one, ball position, forward you get ascent and you don't want that, backwards and you get descent. Now we want those three things and I am going to put them all in this package.

One is ball back a bit, tilt the stick forward, get my weight left, and then trust my swing. Take my normal swing and it will come out of that divot. It will come out lower because I have delofted the club but it will come out. So it looks like this: ball is back, shaft is tilted forward, my weight is a little on the left and take a normal cut. There we are, right dead in the middle of the clubface, out of a deep divot. That is how you do it.


Category: Bad Lies

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Gary Wiren
Gary Wiren
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