Product Review: The Divot Board

In the realm of golf training aids, where countless inventions vie for attention, the Divot Board stands out as a beacon of clarity and effectiveness. Along the spectrum of identifying, assessing and fixing a swing issue, The Divot Board leaps into the process early by helping golfers see the real cause of a swing fault.

As a golfer, you know that the interaction between your club and the turf is pivotal to ball-striking success. Yet, this fundamental aspect often remains unaddressed in instructional circles. Enter the Divot Board—a diagnostic tool that illuminates the critical issue of ground contact.

Ground contact, also known as low-point control, defines how your club interacts with the turf during the swing. Ideally, the lowest point of the club’s arc should occur in front of the ball. Pro golfers master this art, striking the ball first and then allowing the club to engage with the turf. Their divot patterns on practice ranges tell tales of precision and control.

However, recreational golfers often struggle with turf interaction. Some make early contact with the ground, leading to fat shots. Others suffer from thin strikes. Pushes, pulls, over-the-top swings, chunks, chili-dips, scrapers and clangers all leave unmistakeable divots on real grass too and the same results are displayed on the Divot Board.

The Divot Board is dead-simple to use. Just set a golf ball on the dot and make a swing. Look at the divot pattern, then swipe backwards on the Divot Board to start over. You don’t have to replace divots and the superintendent isn’t going to be angry that you chopped up his range. You can also use the Divot Board without a ball, just to check your swing path.

The pattern tells the tale. You can see the marks on the Divot Board where your club impacted the pad and what path it was on. Those marks reveal swing flaws that impact your ball flight. It’s pretty easy to make slight adjustments when you see that evidence.

Improving ground contact is a low-hanging fruit for scoring. By using the Divot Board, you can fine-tune this crucial aspect and elevate your ball-striking consistency.

In my opinion, the Divot Board is a home run. It hones a critical skill often overlooked, and its diagnostic power is unmatched. One of our favourite teachers, Martin Chuck, is also a big proponent of the Divot Board and often uses it in his videos.

The Divot Board retails for $143 CDN.

To learn more about the Divot Board, click HERE.


Peter Mumford
Peter Mumford is the Editor of Fairways Magazine. He's played over 500 different courses in 21 countries and met some fascinating people along the way. He's also a long-suffering Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

2 thoughts on “Product Review: The Divot Board

  1. While I can’t disagree with the potential training value of the board, it is worth noting that the final cost (shipping etc) is $225 CDN.
    A bit of a different value proposition.

    1. Sadly, by the time you add exchange, duties and shipping, prices in Canada can be quite a bit higher that the quoted American price. We need Canadian-made solutions.

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