How to Consistently Hit a Draw Golf Shot
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Since publishing, this has become one of our more popular articles, so we wanted to come in and post a quick summary of our thoughts on hitting a draw. There are essentially two ways you can hit a draw: by aiming right and swinging further right, or by rolling your wrists at impact.
If I were to coach an average player to hit a draw, it would be through alignment and swing path. Set your target to 12 o’clock, aim your club face to one o’clock, then swing the club out to 2 o’clock. Assuming you generally hit the ball straight, this will create a draw ball flight. That’s it… hit the range.
However, if you are one of those golfers that tends to hit a fade or even a slice, and you are here because you know the easiest way to fix your fade/slice is to start hitting a draw, you may find the hands are your solution. If you feel that your swing is generally on plane and consistent, try rolling your wrists before impact. Take some half or even 1/3 power swings and focus on really rolling the wrists, you can’t roll them two much, if you struggle with hitting a slice then hitting a hook is progress.
Once you are consistently hitting nice little half power fades, start to make full swings focusing on rolling the hands earlier in your downswing. I have found that in my own game, this small change has made me completely aware of the correlation between hands and club face. I still prefer to hit a draw by changing the swing path, and see it as the correct way to hit one, but being aware of what your hands are doing, and how they impact contact, only makes you a more consistent golfer.
Learning to hit draws consistently can be one of the best ways to improve your golfing game. A draw shot is when the ball curves round from right to left for right-handers, or left to right for left-handers. Many golfers try to hit this sort of shot off the tee, as it helps to provide additional distance to the drive and gives you a better chance of landing your ball on the fairway, especially on dogleg holes. The draw shot is the opposite of the fade shot, in which the ball curves in the opposing direction.
The vast majority of professional players have this skill in their arsenal, and it can definitely help to improve your scoring average. Sadly, many lesser-skilled players struggle to master this technique, so in this article we’ll try to give you some tips and tricks to help make the draw a whole lot easier.
Understanding How to Grip for a Draw
The first trick is to get a solid grip on your club. Stability and strength are both necessary to execute the draw consistently. Take your club in your hands and have a look at how your fingers are positioned. You’ll probably notice that your thumbs and forefingers are placed in the shape of a V. To strengthen your grip, try to turn these V shapes to the right (or left, if you happen to be a left-handed player). You should immediately feel that you have a tighter and firmer grip on the club.
This is how expert golf instructors teach amateur players to increase the stability of their swings, and it works particularly well when trying to attempt to hit a draw. You can try turning your hands a little more or a little less and experiment with the results to see what works best for you. If you go too far, you’ll end up hitting a hook, rather than a draw, and sending the ball too far to the right or left.
Stance and Set Up
The next tip concerns your stance. Your feet should actually be aligned to the right of where you want the ball to go. Again, inverse this to the left if you happen to be a left-handed golfer. The idea is that the ball is going to curve around and go back towards the target, so you need to be positioning your body a little to the side of it.
Keep the club aimed directly at the target itself though, otherwise you’ll end up hitting the ball too far to the side. Again, experimentation is key here. Try testing out slightly different angles and perhaps even dropping your right or left shoulder to have a better chance of making the draw.
Hit a Draw: Swing Path
Now let’s talk about how you should actually be swinging your club to successfully hit a draw. The idea is to make your swing slightly more rounded than normal. A good technique is to imagine a line going in the direction that your feet are facing.
When you swing your club, you need to keep it on the inside of this imaginary line. This is what creates the draw; you need to hit the ball from the inside of your body to create that curve. Don’t raise the club up too far when you draw it back, keep it relatively low to the ground. Think about how you swing when you use an iron and try to make your drive more rounded in comparison.
Jack Nicklaus, one of the sport’s greatest ever players and a true master of the drive, recommends that you try to create a visual image of how your club should move. In his book, “My Golden Lessons”, Nicklaus encourages golfers to visualize the flight of the club, focusing on the toe moving ahead of the heel and flowing smoothly along its trajectory.
Again, the swing needs to be clean and rounded to create the optimal conditions for a solid draw. The head position also needs to be slightly closed. This technique will take time to master, but it can definitely help you to at least understand what you should be doing.
Rolling Your Forearms
Our next tip concerns the forearms. Specifically, the left or right forearm needs to “roll” just before the point of impact. This is a big factor in helping to create the curve necessary for a good draw. Expert instructor Janet Coles encourages players to wear a wristwatch with the face on the inside of the wrist.
This way, when you make your swing, you can use the watch as a guide; just before the point of impact, you should begin rolling your wrist until the watch face becomes fully visible on the follow-through. We talked about having a strong grip earlier on, but you can actually start to gradually loosen this grip as the club makes contact with the ball.
One final tip is to simply speak to an expert. Visit a good golf store and get some clubs fitted to suit your swing and style. Having the right tools for the job is always important, and you’ll have a much better chance of hitting those draws if you’ve purchased a good quality driver.
In-store experts are always standing by to help you out, and many of them will also be able to provide additional support and tips to make your swing more effective. We hope that this information will help you to start nailing those draws on a regular basis.