Your Big Toe with Dan Pohl

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HOW CAN YOU CHIP OUT OF A DIVOT? 

What stinks worse than hitting a really good shot close to the green, but when you come up to the ball you find your golf ball in a divot actually sitting down below the turf level? Well of course you can try to just play your standard chip shot, but it's so easy to catch the heel of the club and turn it over. Dan Pohl of Hopkins Golf another option, which is to use the toe of the club. It helps to have a heel and toe grind to help it slide even better, but the key here is to setup like you are going to make a putt and position the toe of the club behind the ball. Then using a putting stroke, simply pick the ball out of the divot with the toe.

Use The Toe of Your Wedge when Deep in a Divot

There's two ways to hit this shot. You can either use a putting grip or in some cases just use your regular grip - but let your hands be higher than normal. We will actually use a putting stroke so that the top the toe of the club plays effectively like a putter blade. We'll set up to it like a putt and use a normal putting grip. You can see the toe kind of work down here the heel of the club comes up off the ground. We'll hit a little shot that just picks the ball out of the top with the toe of the club, deadening the blow as it moves forward. It also doesn't have a chance of hitting the heel first and turning over.

So, to put it in easy terms and summarize, get the toe of the club down and the heel up. Position yourself a little tighter to the ball. Use a putter grip and just try to hit the toe of the club. Let that ball come out right towards the hole.

Hopefully that'll work for you. I'd highly recommend a heel toe grind on this particular shot so you can raise the heel drop the toe and hit the ball flush. 


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