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Imagine that golden sunny day when you set up your first golf drive. You swing the club and hit the ball right on target, prompt the ball to start the way it should with power, and make its way to the fairway, right in the middle of it. This is followed by a beautiful curve culminating with a sweet, long-awaited draw. In this article we’ll give you tips on how to hit a draw shot perfectly and also why it’s a great shot to have in your repertoire. Let’s get stuck in.
A Shocking Accomplishment
The above situation sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? A golf hit that any golf player would definitely be proud of.
Maybe a hit so perfect that you leave your game partners in shock (and maybe a little jealous too but oh! the satisfaction of this hit would be so fulfilling). Your partners may have taken you for granted and probably would have been expecting your usual weak slice/fade.
But your perfect draw leaves them stunned. Their stunned and a little acrid expressions would make your heart leap and pat you virtually on the back. Damn! It would want to give you a big hug. After all, only pro golf players know what a perfect feeling it is to have hit a perfect draw.
Now, imagine hitting draws on every shot.
Feeling on the moon? Aren’t you?
We promise we could get you to this moon (not that we are going to hire a rocket launcher from NASA, pack you up into it and tada have a nice trip!). Rather, we’ll make sure that hitting draws becomes a piece of cake for you. Because the longer you take to learn this, the longer you miss out on confidence and most importantly enjoyment.
So, buck up and get ready to learn easy yet effective tips on how to hit a draw. We will also get you acquainted with what golf professionals have to say in this context. Some of their strategies may differ from each other. But eventually it is you who can decide which strategy would work the best for you.
Before we go into the details of these strategies you need to gain confidence in your game and stop questioning yourself. One common question asked by golf players who fail to hit a draw is that:
Is This Failure a Lack of Ability on My Part?
Fortunately this is not the case. If you have been struggling for years and are still not able to start the ball powerfully on the right side of the target, prompting it to curve back to it and make a neat little draw then stay rest assured, this isn’t a lack of ability.
It may be a lack of understanding, though, of how this simple yet tricky thing works. You need to properly understand how the shot should be created.
Generally what happens is that we are told a number of golf rules which are JUST WRONG on so many levels and as a consequence prevent us from hitting that draw for which we had even been willing to give up red meat.
For instance, if you had been told that in order to hit a draw you have to make your clubface point to the left side of the target then this is wrong. The draw doesn’t work this way. Also, if you were taught that your club’s path through impact is the major determining force behind the initial direction taken up by the ball, then this assumption too is totally incorrect.
The Good News is that we are here to equip you with all the tools you would need to hit the draw just like a pro golf player ought to. Before proceeding to the tips and strategies, let us ask the next basic question.
Why Hit a Draw Shot?
Hitting a draw implies that the ball would curve appropriately moving from right to left. This shot off the tee is so preferable because it serves to add more distance to the players’ drives. Once the player learns to hit a perfect and controlled draw, then he/she would have increased chances of hitting the fairway.
Now let us start with the easy tips of how to hit a draw shot before we move on to the strategies proposed by golf professionals.
How To Hit a Draw Shot: Easy Tips and What To Dos
Next time when you grip the club, make sure that you take a look down and see the way your hands are positioned. The thumb and index finger of your hand would be placed in such a manner that they make a ‘V’ like shape. When you incline this V to the right side, your grip becomes strong. When the grip is strong, you are better equipped to curve your ball and make it go left from right.
You might want to experiment a little with your hands in order to ensure that you end up with the gentle draw you had wanted all along. You don’t want your hands to be positioned in such a way that you end up in a ‘snap hook’ with the ball too far left than you had intended it to go.
Feet on Target’s Right
Your body position is also equally important. You have to have a perfect feet and shoulder alignment so that they point towards the right of the target. The direction of club face has to be very direct. In other words, position your club face in such a manner that it faces the target directly. The ball would start its movement from the right, then curve to the left and eventually land exactly on the intended target.
Some golfers claim that angling the left shoulder upwards and dropping the right one slightly helps in hitting the draw easily.
Conjure up an imaginary line in your mind which indicates the position where your shoulders and feet had been directed to at address. The club would be moving within the confines of this imaginary line at take away. When you come at the ball from an inside position, it is much more likely that the ball will make a smooth flight from right to left. The swing with your driver would be much more rounded as compared to that with the iron shots.
Visualizing the Club Position
Jack Nicklaus has asserted in his book My Golden Lessons that a mental image of the club’s correct position greatly helps. Conjure up an image in your mind in which you see your club’s toe leaving the heel behind and moving ahead. It crosses and moves right through the impact zone and still continues going further ahead. This imagined club position is what you will be needing to hit a draw.
Also, while hitting the draw, the position of your forearm is very important. As you reach closer to the impact zone, your left forearm would either roll under you or get rotated. This rotation would be responsible for making your ball go from right to left, ultimately forming a perfect curve to execute the long awaited draw.
A handy tip by the instructor Janet Cole is given in this respect who says that it is good to wear a wrist watch on your left forearm with its face turned inwards as you get closer to the impact zone while hitting a draw. The watch face would act as your spy, subtly letting you know whether your swing was correct or not. Appropriate rotation of the forearm would result in the clock face’s visibility.
Moreover, you need not exert a lot of pressure on your grip hold because otherwise your hands may not get released through the ball and the ball may turn towards right and may keep moving further towards the right.
What Does the Trackman Research Say?
TrackMan Research has also come forward with its innovative techniques of hitting a draw. Let us see what they have to say.
The Position of the Clubface
- For starters, you need to be very clear about the fact that the position of your clubface at the time of impact would determine what direction your initial shots would take. So the swing path is not that important, but the position of clubface is.
- This doesn’t imply though that the swing path doesn’t have any role to play at all. Many other factors are also important such as the ball’s swing. But despite everything, the biggest determining factor is the clubface.
- So you have to point your club towards the right of the target so that the ball sets off from the right.
The Swing Path
- Now the club’s path comes into play in determining the curve taken by the ball.
- The path also has to be inclined more towards the right of where the face is pointing.
- The ratio has to be 2:1 if you are using a 6-iron.
- For instance, if at the impact time the face is pointing at 2 degrees towards the target’s right, then the path has to be 4 degrees towards the right of where the face is pointing.
- You need to master this relationship with close attention and practice, since a relationship of 1:1 wouldn’t make the ball curve, whereas that of 4:1 would end up drawing the ball much more than you intended.
- In case you are deploying a wedge then the relationship would go to 3:1.
- On the other hand, if a driver is being used, then it would be 3:2.
- However, whatever the case may be, make sure that the club face is nearer to the path you are making instead of the target.
The Forward Shift
- The common assumption is that your body’s position and stature has to be one and the same at both the address and the impact time. However, this is not the case and it is this very difference that would make a difference between hitting and not hitting a draw.
- At impact, the shaft of the club would be more inclined towards the target and you will notice a slight opening in the club.
- This slight change in position, which may go unnoticed most of the time, is due to a shift in the way the hips are placed.
- At the downswing, the hips would be inclined laterally towards the target’s position.
- This forward shift is responsible for the open club face and the perfect path that goes from in to out. This club face and path are then responsible for hitting the draw.
- You need to practice this lateral forward shift of your hips so that your body automatically gets into that position at the time of the impact.
- Every time you make a shot, get into this position and voila! you’ll be making hits as you go.
How to Hit a Draw Effortlessly: Keys and Tips
Hereby we have delineated those four crucial adjustments you need to make to your swing to continue hitting a draw every time you hit a shot.
- At the time of address, make your right foot step back a couple of inches. As a consequence, at the downswing, you will have more room to administer the perfect swing path going from in to out.
- While the backswing is taking place, make sure that the movement of your hands is more around your body instead of above it. This movement will also help you to get the right path and clubface that are required in the execution of a draw.
- You need to start off your hit but shifting your hips laterally towards the target’s position. Meanwhile, try holding your shoulders back for as long as you can. This body position of yours would prevent you from making the common mistake of angling your upper body towards the target and shifting your lower torso backwards. This common fault often leads to the shutting of the club face and a path which is more out-in as compared to in-out. Consequently, the shot will move towards right after having started from left and will be more prone to getting sliced.
- During the impact, try to cut down on your forearm rotation as much as possible. The idea might seem alien to most golfers, but the fact of the matter is that the more forearm rotation there is, the more chances are there of the club face’s premature shutdown.
What it all boils down to is that you have to make sure the clubface is at the right of the target at the impact, since this is what will prompt the ball to go towards the right and will ultimately hit the draw.
What Does Sean McTernan Has to Say About Hitting the Draw?
Easy DIY Steps to Hit Consistent Draws
Sean has co-founded My Golf Tutor which is ranked among the top most informational blogs for professional golf players. He has also played professionally all across the globe for five years after having been a part of the Irish National Team for quite a considerable time. Sean offers some valuable advice on the perfect strategy that needs to be adopted to hit a perfect draw. When asked about his technique for draw execution, he provided us with some very helpful tips.
Moreover, he particularly stressed on the ‘consistency of draws’. Most of us are able to hit an occasional draw now and then. But how to make your shots and consequent draws more consistent? Here is what Sean says:
- Conjure up an imaginary clock face. Your target would be the 12 o'clock on this clock face. Also, this is where you want your ball to end up.
- We are well aware of this fact that the ball generally tends to start from the position where you aim your clubface at impact. In order to be consistent in your draws, bring up that mental image of clock face again and now 1 o'clock is where you need to aim your clubface. This 1 o'clock is the position where you want your ball to start, so that the path is thrown at 2 o'clock. In other words, you want to start it from the right so that it takes a curve and goes left.
- The ball will start travelling to the right so eventually it can take a curve, go left, and reach at our target which is 12 o'clock.
Caution: Do not shut the face down in an attempt to make the ball curve. Remember, the ball will get started from the point where your face is aimed.
Time to Practice on the Driving Range
The pointers given by Sean and the clock face analogy he deploys would hopefully help to make matters clearer for you. Once you are clear in the basics, let’s take your understanding out on the driving range.
This is what you ought to be thinking when you are out on the driving range:
- Locate your target i.e. 12 o'clock.
- Once you have located 12 o'clock, aim the clubface at 1 o'clock.
- Once you have aimed it at 1 o'clock, swing your club towards 2 o'clock.
Do not roll your wrist as you make the impact. The face should not be used to curve the ball but the path ought to be used for this purpose. Now that you are acquainted with how to apply the concept on the driving range, you need to take it to the golf course.
The basic understanding would be the same. You pick up your target. Aim your face at the point where you want the ball to start. Now begin your downswing to the right of it.
Butch Harmon’s Best Hit the Draw Tips
Harmon’s strategy for hitting the draw is to primarily aim the clubface at the point where you want the ball to end up. (Do not get bewildered. We do understand that some golf professionals encourage you to aim the clubface where you want the ball to start, but strategies vary and well, different is good sometimes).
Let us suppose that the point where you want the ball to finish or your target point is at the fairway’s middle. Now, you have to position yourself, shoulders, hips, and feet in such a manner that you are directed towards the right of the point you marked earlier. (Viola! Turns out that Harmon also gets at the same point eventually i.e. start towards the right of your target).
Once you have positioned yourself in this manner, swing your club back so that you make an in-to-out at the impact.
The key, however, is to make the swing smoother so that your arms are free to roll over, which as a corollary would shut the face and ultimately produce the draw.
How to Stop a Golf Slice?
We assume that by now you are well-acquainted with how to hit a draw. Now, we would give you some tips by Spencer Morland, the CGPA professional from Muskoka. Hitting the perfect draw is important, but what is even more important is that you learn how to prevent a slice.
When you cure your slice, it implies that you are automatically improving your connections as well as your swing path. Once both these things are improved, you would have a greater control over your golf ball and will also be enabled to enhance your swing distances and speed.
The fact of the matter is that most golfers slice. The tragic bit is that most don’t know why and worse still is that they don’t know how to stop it.
The interesting bit though is that learning how to hit a draw and learning how to cure a slice go along simultaneously. You do not intentionally have to learn how to stop slicing, rather when you learn how to hit a draw you would be curing your slice automatically.
The Final Draw
So, hopefully this article has given you some tips and pointers so you finally can hit that draw shot and, as stated above, reduce that nasty slice. Just remember that practice makes perfect and spending a lot of time on the driving range will only help further your advancement in the game.
Let us know how it worked out for you and how you managed to hit that draw shot by leaving a comment below, and if you liked the article, please share. Fairways and greens!