All great iron players take a divot. It means they're compressing the ball, maximizing their distance, and hitting shots on the correct trajectory. They do this by hitting down at impact, striking the ball first and then letting the club descend into the ground in front of it. Ideally, you want to take a thin strip of grass—think piece of bacon, not filet—and the divot you create should be pointing at your target or curved slightly to the left. This shows that you swung through impact on a path that came from the inside and went inside again after the strike. Follow this checklist to hit better iron shots.