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Getting really good at golf means taking time to learn the correct positioning, grips, and techniques to hit a variety of different shots. Here’s how to hit a draw based on our research and efforts.
The more shots you can master, the more likely you will be to succeed in any situation you encounter on the course.
One of the more difficult shots to perfect is the draw. The majority of amateur golfers are unable to pull this shot off because it takes a lot of practice and technique. However, in this article, we’ll be explaining how to pull off the perfect draw.
We’ll be covering how to get into position, how to hold your club, and how to swing for a draw, so if you want to learn the basics of hitting a draw in golf, keep reading!
What Is A Draw In Golf?
Before we touch on anything else, we should probably explain what a draw is. When we talk about a draw in golf, we aren’t talking about an equal number of points scored between players.
Instead, a draw refers to a shot that travels (in a controlled manner!) from right to left.
A draw is the opposite to a fade, which travels from left to right. The reason a draw can be so difficult to hit is because most golfers will slice the ball with excessive forward lateral bend.
However, with the correct setup, grip, and technique, you can learn to master this shot.
Getting In Position For A Draw
If you want to hit a draw in golf, the first thing you’ll need to do is get into position.
The correct position for hitting a draw first involves giving the ball some space. Crowding the ball will make it more awkward for you to hit it at the right angle, so step back slightly.
Once you have put some space between yourself and the ball, step your right foot back roughly one or two inches.
The Correct Grip For A Draw
Standing in the optimal position for a draw is extremely important, but most of the technique comes from your grip. If you get the grip wrong, you simply won’t have any success in hitting a draw.
Your grip should be neutral, meaning it’s not too tight or too loose. Now, grip your club as you normally would, rotate your right hand so that it’s further away from your body, curled underneath the club.
This will help to strengthen your grip and allow for more motion in the wrists. Restricting the range of motion in your wrist will prevent you from curving the ball properly, so make sure your grip doesn’t limit your wrist movement.
Once you’ve done this, slightly increase the pressure through your right hand. Keep your left hand grip the same, but applying more pressure to your grip in your right hand will make it easier for you to roll the club at the point of impact.
Hitting A Draw With An Iron
You can hit a draw with either an iron or a driver. We’ll be covering both methods in this article, but let’s start with how to hit a draw with an iron.
If you’re aiming to hit a draw with an iron, you’ll need to move the ball back slightly to make it easier for you to compress it.
You should also have both your shoulders and your feet aligned to the right of your intended target. Remember, for a draw, you must hit following the path created by your feet and shoulders, so if this is off, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Make sure to adjust your aim according to the length of your iron. The longer the club, the bigger the draw, so bear this in mind.
At the point of impact, the club face should be closed. This means that you don’t need to do much in the way of manipulating the club itself. Just turn the face to a closed position before you figure out your grip.
Just like you will need to adjust your aim based on the length of your club, you should also remember that the more closed your club face is, the greater your draw will be.
Hitting A Draw With A Driver
If you are going to hit your draw using a driver, your technique should be slightly different from the technique associated with using an iron. However, some things will remain the same.
First, you should increase your tee height. You don’t want to raise it too much, but it should be higher than usual because the aim when hitting a draw is to hit upward from the inside.
Also, it’s wise to move the ball up slightly in terms of your stance. Align the ball with your left heel for the best results.
When you move the ball forward, you’ll be able to hit up and you’ll also benefit from the extra time to complete the rotation in your hand.
Other than that, hitting a draw with a driver looks similar to hitting this shot with an iron. Keep the club face closed and make sure you take the length of your club into account when aiming since both of these things (closed club face and long club) will increase your draw.
Also, just as you would with an iron, make sure to line up your feet and shoulders so that the ball can follow the path set out by your positioning.
Hitting a draw in golf can feel impossible when you start, but by paying attention to your alignment as well as the length of your club and how closed your club face is, you can easily curve the ball from right to left.
The main thing you need to remember is that the longer your club and the more closed the club face, the greater the draw. If you’re using an iron, be sure to move the ball back, but if you’re working with a driver, you’ll need to move the ball forward and tee up.