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Hitting a Draw

Hitting a Draw refers to the steps taken to work the ball from right to left for a right handed player. Because a draw has less back spin than a fade, it is the preferred shot for those seeking distance, but can also be useful to get out of trouble or simply play along the shape of the hole. To execute a draw, a player will need to make alterations to their set up and swing path.

Hitting a Draw Drills

Hitting a Draw Tips

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  • Learn to Work the Ball

    During each practice session spend a little time working the ball. Most golfers feel they can't curve the ball left or right, but this is mostly because they have never tried it. Working the ball is easy with just a few adjustments to your set up. Like anything else though, be sure to spend time playing around with it on the practice range so that you will actually have the confidence to try it on the course. I recommend that my students end their practice sessions having some fun working the ball left, right, high and low to let their creative juices flow.

  • Look Down at a Closed Face When Drawing the Ball

    Get used to looking at a slightly closed club face when trying to draw the ball. At first it will be visually awkward, but you have to tell yourself it's correct. It's important to set the clubface closed first and then take your grip. This way your arms and hands stay in a neutral position. If you take your grip and then try to close the clubface you will be rolling your arms over and opening your shoulders.

  • Play the Ball Back For a Draw

    To hit a draw or a hook, play the ball slightly further back in your stance than you would for a straight ball. This ball position will help you work the ball back in because it is on the inside of the arc. Thus, you will have an inside out angle of attack which will help you spin the ball back to the left if your face is square or closed.

  • Look at the Inside Quarter of the Ball

    Try to focus on and hit the inside back quarter of the golf ball. Most good players will tell you to look there as it facilitates and inside/out swing path. An inside/out path will help you to hit either straight shots or draws. Some players look at the ball as a whole and others actually look in front of the ball so that they will hit down and through it. If you are trying to overcome an over the top swing or an outside/in path through the ball however, looking at the back inside quarter of the ball will help.

  • Always Aim Your Face Where You Want the Ball to End Up

    When trying to work the ball, always aim your club face where you want your ball to end up and your body where you want the ball to start. It's important to stay focused on where your body is aligned and swing along this line through impact. Your club path will get the ball started on the correct line and then the face angle will work it back to your target.

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