The skinny on Ogilvys divots


Another thought on Ogilvy’s swing: He does not take a divot with his irons; the clubhead skims the turf. This contrasts to say, Tiger Woods, and most other PGA Tour players, who cut a nice-sized pelt with their irons. Ogilvy picks the ball fairly clean because he plays from an open-clubface position at the top of his backswing. In order for him to hit the ball straight, he has to shallow out his path on the downswing. That shallow path is what creates little to no divot.
Most amateurs who play from an open-face position slice the ball, because their downswing path is too steep and from the outside and they can’t square the face. A more shallow approach will promote a freer release and less sidespin.