How To Hit A Draw In Golf
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The most important thing about how to hit a draw is understanding what creates it, and the most important part of that is the club face to path relationship. If I want to curve the ball (as a right-handed golfer) from right to left, that beautiful ball flight we all like to see, I must have my club face closed to my path.
When talking clubface and face-to-path relationship, the most important place to start is the grip. If I want to have my face closed to the path, I can’t or probably don’t want to have an overly weak grip. The weaker my grip is, the more inclined I am to have my clubface too far open and the golf ball is not going to draw.
The second part is during the backswing. We want to keep the clubface more square throughout the backswing when hitting a draw. There are a couple of key checkpoints for that. During the takeaway position, if this club face gets rolled way up towards the sky, toe up, back of your left hand towards the sky, that would be more open than I would prefer to hit a draw. I’d like it to be neutral or slightly tilted down.
It’s the same thing at the top of the swing. I just want to check the clubface. I want to make sure that my left wrist is somewhat flattish and my club face is somewhat square.
From the top of my swing, as I come down, the more I can get that clubface tilted down towards the ground, exaggerating a little bit, that’s my club face being square or closed to my path the entire time. What we need to avoid from the top if we want to draw it is a clubface that’s overly open. If the club face is drastically open, you’ve got almost no chance of hitting the draw – mostly because when your brain sees this, you’re going to be over the top.
During the downswing, I still want to feel like that the clubface is pointing down when I come through to right. That’s not over rotating the face. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with rotating your forearms a lot during the follow through.
To hit a draw, you do need to do the path stuff, but if you don’t have the face under control, you’re probably not going to do the path stuff anyway – so face first!
If you’re going to learn how to hit a draw, especially if you’re someone who slices it, you probably want to hook some golf balls. So what I would do here is for this part first I’ll just take a normal setup, make sure my grip is good, get my face tilted down and start to tilt and really rotated in the follow through. And I’m trying to kind of curve a couple of balls left on purpose. Get the ball going left. It’s okay if it goes way left in the beginning.
Now I need to start getting my path to the right. How do I do that? You definitely want to take a good look at the practice station I demonstrate in this video. The general idea here is I want the club head during the downswing to approach the ball from inside then swinging out to the right.
If you look at a really good golf swing, in reality, I want the club head to work like a little circle around my body. It works into the ball, hits the ball, and we’re back inside on the follow through. It works in on both sides. But if you’re learning how to get your path to the right, especially if you’re over the top, we’re not doing that. We need to over-exaggerate. Go as far out to the right as you can go in the beginning. I’m talking drastic here. Way Inside, way to the right, especially if you’re over the top.
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