Most players do - but it’s okay if you don’t.

If you watch all the best players on the international tours, most take a divot when hitting a full swing, short iron. I believe this is because the angle of attack is slightly steeper than that of a long iron or fairway metal. This ensures ball first contact, which creates spin.

Many of my students ask “how do I put spin on the ball;” this is what I teach them. That’s not to say that being a “sweeper“ is a bad thing, but I believe a shallower path leads to higher trajectory shots that have less spin. I like to see a lower, more boring trajectory with spin to control short irons. That’s why more lower handicap players will take a divot with short irons (5i-pw).