How to Hit a Draw in 3 Simple Steps
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There’s a way for you to learn how to hit a draw in 3 simple steps.
I want to tell you all about it, so read on…
Steve asked this same question about his game, and I think you can relate as well: “I struggle to hit a consistent draw, and a lot of the holes on my golf course are shaped right to left, which require a draw shot. I try rolling my wrist at the bottom of my swing to hit the draw. This leads to hooks and inconsistent shots. How can I hit a consistent draw?”
In order to get your draw more consistent, there are 3 things that you absolutely must do:
I would like you to picture a clock face. The target or flag is going to be twelve o’clock. This is where we want to ball to finish.
We know from the ball flight laws that the ball primarily starts where the club face is aimed at the time of impact. In order to hit a consistent draw, I want you to aim the club face at one o’clock.
This is where we want the ball to start when hitting the draw. Every time you hit a draw, the ball must start to the right of our destination, then curve back to the left.
The path of the club needs to travel to the right of where the club face is aimed at impact, in order for the golf ball to curve back to our target, which is at twelve o’clock.
What I would like for you to imagine is pointing your club face at one o’clock, standing parallel to where the face is aimed. Then, on your downswing, I would like you to imagine the path of the club is getting thrown out to right field – or out to two o’clock.
Bringing It All Together
So at impact you have a club face pointing at one o’clock, and a club path that is traveling toward two o’clock.
This is a perfect recipe for the ball to curve back to the flag.
I never want you to feel that you have to roll your wrist and shut the face down to get the ball to curve. Because remember what I said earlier: the ball will start where the face is aimed.
If you shut the face down with your wrist at impact, the ball will start where the face is aimed, which would be left of your target. If your path is going out to the right your ball will begin to hook even more. Don’t do this!!
Practicing the Draw on The Driving Range
Now that you have a better understanding of how to hit a draw, let’s talk about how you can practice this the next time you go to the driving range and what I want you to be thinking.
Find your target, which is twelve o’clock
Aim your face at one o’clock
On your downswing, imagine you are swinging your club out to two o’clock
You should not feel you are rolling your wrist through impact, use the path to curve the golf ball NOT the face.
Now that you have worked on the proper feel needed to hit a draw on the driving range, let’s talk about taking it to the golf course.
Let’s Take The Draw to the Golf Course
On the golf course, this concept is not going to be as extreme or exaggerated as our previous example on the driving range.
What you have practiced on the range is designed to help you have a better understanding of how to hit a draw.
We are still going to point the face where we want the ball to start and continue to swing the path to the right of that. Most of the time when we are on the course we generally hit a 3-5 yard draw.
To Recap How to Hit a Draw…
The draw is a great shot to have and some of the top players in the world call this their “go-to” shot under pressure.
Follow these 3 simple steps learn how to hit a draw…
Pick your target
Aim the face where you want the ball to start
Swing your path to the right of it
Do you know someone who tries to hit a draw with rolling their wrists through impact?
Send this video link to them so they can see how much easier it is to hit a draw without rolling their wrists through impact.