Hitting Out Of A Fairway Divot


Posted by Dexter Francois | Posted in , | Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010

The fairway divot. You finally get a good drive off the tee box and you ride/walk up to your ball only to find that your ball is resting comfortably in a divot. This happened to me during my round yesterday and there was nothing comfortable about the situation at all.

I like to practice. I could stay out on the range all day if it were up to me. I was a gym rat when I played basketball and now I guess I'm a range rat. I love to see the improvement over the course of time and practice.

When I used to practice for basketball I would put myself in every possible situation that I might face on the court. By practicing under these difficult situation, when I encountered it on the court it was natural for me and I knew how to handle it without panic.

I have been trying to use this same technique for my golf game. I'm still a relative newbie to the game and one of areas I haven't worked on is hitting out of a divot. I like hitting off of a nice lie so that I can see the ball come off the club face cleanly. In reality and especially at my current handicap, I encounter more bad lies than I do good ones.

Looking at that ball laying in that divot, the sweat starting build up on my brow from nervousness, I realized that I need to practice all aspects of the golf swing. And that means putting myself in difficult situations from time to time instead of just practicing from the ideal lies.

I found the following video on youtube. It's a short instructional on how to hit out of a fairway divot. It's going to come up in one of your rounds so you might as well practice it and be prepared when it happens. Better to be prepared than to be surprised.

Have a good one, and always hit your target.

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