You should not become alarmed when you find your ball in a divot mark or in a bad lie in the fairway. The required shot can be played successfully. In fact, I would rather hit from a divot than from a tight lie in close-cropped grass. The shot from a divot can be played two ways. You can let the ball bounce onto the green or fly it in, depending on the situation. The run-in shot is the easier of the two, and the one you should choose unless there are obstacles in front of the green. First, select a club that is one longer than you would ordinarily need; if you are a seven-iron distance from the green hit a six-iron. Play the ball back toward the right foot. Use only a three-quarter swing, picking the club up abruptly and swinging it down on top of the ball. Thus you are hitting a punch-type shot. Finally, keep your hands square to the target well after impact. The ball will travel in a low trajectory and will run a long way after it hits. Consider the terrain in front of the green carefully, for the ball must bounce off it. The shot that lets the ball hit the green on the fly is a bit more difficult. Again choose a club one longer than you would normally use. Play the ball from the normal position between your feet, but open the blade of the club. Use a slightly outside-in swing and aim toward the left, because the ball will fade back to the right. Take a full swing and hit hard with the right hand, meanwhile making sure that the wrists do not turn over at or just after impact. The ball should get up in the air quickly and come into the green in a high, fading trajectory. The fade means that it will have backspin, so the shot will stop sharply when it lands.
At the start of the punch shot out of a divot, the hands should he ahead of the ball, which is played slightly nearer the right foot than usual. This helps keen the shot low.
Throughout the hitting area the hands should move straight toward the target. The wrists must not he permitted to roll over to the left (as demonstrated in the circled drawing).