Beating a Dead Divot….

Huh?  How about that title?  Got to admit, I impressed myself with this series of titles… regardless of the content….

OK, so one more blog about the blasted divot.  
For the majority of golfers, the divot is a gosh darn, curse worthy pain in the you know what….. WAY too many golfers have thrown in the towel when it comes to consistently taking a divot….  
It’s all a big contradiction!!!!!
Most golfers TOP THE BALL because there is too much ‘down’ in their swings…
What???????………pause…….re-read that. 
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 The act of STRIKING AT THE BALL creates a situation where there is way too much down, and that kills pivotal rotation….  
*****YOUR brain senses very quickly that something is very wrong…. The club is BOUND to crash into the ground way too soon, and as a response…. YOU LIFT EVERYTHING UP in order to avoid a crash landing…..  The result is a topped shot.  
The arms pull up.  The shoulders pull up….  Most obvious:  THE HEAD LIFTS UP!  All in an attempt to keep the club from hitting the ground too soon. 

The very worst consequence of this whole event?   Someone in your group says to you, “You’ve got to keep your head down.”   Now there is a great chance that on the next swing, you lock your head and body into position, again guaranteeing that there is little to know forward rotation in your swing…..  It’s a vicious cycle!

Basically, most golfers learn to pull up to some degree in order to hit the ball decently once in a while…..

It’s this pulling up of the arms that makes learning to take a divot so difficult!  You see, when you do begin to rotate into a FULLY ROTATED RELAXED BALANCED FINISH, because you are now swinging through a ball, rather than at it….  Your arms/shoulders/head still pull up because it’s been a NECESSITY in your swing for so long. 

BOTTOM LINE:  You first must understand/believe that a divot is proper and can best be accomplished by allowing the arms to fall (extend) in the downswing and the arms and club to be slung centrifugally by PIVOTAL ROTATION.  It’s the rotation of the forward pivotal axis (forward leg) that best moves the club forward or through the ball. 

Once this is fully understood, you can begin the road to a better swing, and a consistent DIVOT!  The brain, overtime, will ALLOW the arms to fall.  The brain, overtime, will allow the shoulders to stay relaxed throughout the swing……  AS LONG YOU ARE ROTATING AROUND THE FORWARD PIVOTAL AXIS!  This will keep the club from ‘crashing’ too soon into the ground….. 

You can do this!  You must improve your FULLY ROTATED, RELAXED BALANCED FINISH FIRST….Then your divots CAN improve over time.  

BAM!  You’re better……DONE with the divot.  

For now……..

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