Symetra Tour professional (New Britain, Connecticut) returns for Episode 6 of her weekly instructional series, “Staying Sharp with Sheary.” The Wake Forest University alumna and past Symetra Tour champion at the 2016 W.B. Mason Championship gives advice and drills to keep your game sharp—both physically and mentally—while at home and in practice, as courses continue to reopen.
In this week’s episode, Sheary shows the proper form when hitting out of a divot. After crushing a drive down the middle of the fairway, only to find your ball in a divot with a terrible lie, what’s next?
“Although finding yourself in a divot (or animal depression) isn’t ideal, with the proper setup and club choice, getting out of this is relatively simple,” Sheary said. “Depending on how deep the divot is, setting up for a basic ‘punch’ shot should be sufficient enough to keep you on track. A less than ideal situation on the golf course can be unnerving. However, a divot lie doesn’t have to be."
“Keep in mind that landing in a divot in the middle of the fairway is just bad luck and not the result of a bad swing,” said Sheary. “Accepting this will help you maintain a positive attitude as you prepare for that all-important next shot. Practice a few of these shots on the range from time to time. Knowing that you can execute it when needed is half the battle.”