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Just recently from one of your coments and my watching the Pros on t.v. I learned why the divot that the pros take does not effect their swing. Can you show me where I should focus my eyes on the ball and where the club face should hit the ball. I'm 67 and just figuring this out, maybe a little late!
--Michael W. from Saint Charles, MO

Hi Michael. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com.

Ha! It's never too late and everyone can improve.

When you talk about where to look it's all over the bored. Jack Nicklaus said he mostly looked at the ball as a whole. That has been my instinct as well most of my life. Then there are other players who focus on a particular dimple which is very specific. The most common comment you will hear is that you should focus on the back inside quarter of the golf ball. This is to facilitate striking the ball from and inside/out angle of attack which gives the player a straight shot or a draw. Interestingly enough, I've even heard a number of tour players say that they look an inch or two in front of the ball because that is where you want your divot to be. I kind of like that option for the average player who struggles to hit down and through and take a nice divot after impact. Try that and see if it works for you.

Also, you may try these drills to help contact the ball first and take a divot after impact.

Handful of Pennies Drill:
Handful of Pennies Drill

Forward Press Drill:
Forward Press Drill

Towel Drill for Chunking:
Towel Drill for Chunking

Give them a try and let me know if it helps.

Thanks.

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