How To Hit The Ball Cleanly

According to the brilliant book “The Impact Zone” by Bobby Clampett, one of the most important differences between amateurs and pros is where they take the divot. A divot is the chunk of grass dug out of the ground when the club hits it at high speed. Amateurs have been shown to hit the ball on average an inch or so before the ball. This is called hitting thick, and is a massive power leak. Pros on the other hand hit the ball on average more than 3 inches after the ball. Can you imagine that all of the energy of the club-head is transferred directly into the ball by pros, instead of dissipated into the ground by amateurs? Surely the most important thing to a consistent powerful golf swing is taking a divot after the ball, but how often do you purposefully practice that?