If you watch the professional golfers on TV, you notice both men and women take a divot when they hit the ball. Many people believe you take a divot then hit the ball but you actually hit the ball then the turf, which creates a divot.
The best way to learn to take a divot is to have some acceleration in your swing and to hit down on the ball. A good way to work on proper acceleration and swing sequence is to think of your golf ball in your stance as the finish line. Take your club back to the top of your swing and stop. As you take your down swing and follow-through and look to see in what sequence your hands, club head and back knee (right knee for a right handed player) come through the hitting area (at impact). The proper sequence is the back knee first, then the hands, followed by the club head. Many golfers get their hands or club head to the finish line (the golf ball) first and not the back knee. Practice so you feel the back knee first, which will help you generate more power and help you hit down on the ball.
To do this, you need the bottom of your swing arc to hit at the correct place. A good drill from 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed is to practice this by setting up two golf tees where your ball would be at address – one an inch or two above the toe of the club and the other an inch or two behind the heel (see photo 1).
Now take your swing and see if you sweep the grass (the bottom of your arc) past the golf tees (see photo 2). This will ensure you hit the ball, then the grass and produce a divot after you hit the ball.
Don’t try to help the ball get in the air – let the loft of the club do that for you. The harder you try to hit the ball in the air, the lower it will fly. Work on taking a divot with your approach shots and before long, you will be hitting down on the ball and taking a divot with your other irons.