Turn it Over with Ease: Learn How to Hit a Draw
Most amateur golfers are unable to hit a draw due to an over-the-top motion that causes the ball to slice. By the time you’ve finished reading this article, you’ll have everything you need to begin curving the ball right to left.
Why You Need to Love A Draw
A draw is preferred by many PGA Tour players because it produces more top spin and thus more roll out once it hits the ground. The longer you can hit it off the tee, the shorter clubs you’ll hit as approaches, and it also gives you more options throughout the round.
Setup Position To Hit A Draw
If you’re a left-handed golfer, please adjust your swing. To hit a draw, you need a closed club face at impact to turn the ball right to left. It’s impossible to hit a draw with an open club face because the ball will fade left to right.
How to Grip For a Draw
Every golfer is different, but you may need to adjust your grip slightly to achieve a more neutral or slightly strong bias. Some teaching professionals teach one method, while others teach another. Spend time on the driving range practicing both grips to see which one feels more comfortable for your swing.
At address, take a step back from the ball to give yourself more room on the backswing and downswing. With a fade, you want to crowd the ball to pinch it, get a little steeper, and help the ball go left to right.
Drawing a Driver
If you’re using a driver, you’ll want to adjust a few things differently than if you’re using irons. The first is tee height; tee it up slightly higher than normal. Remember, you want to come from the inside and hit up on the ball to allow the ball to start out right. Conversely, if you’re hitting a cut or punch tee shot, you’ll want to tee the ball lower.
How to Hit a Draw With Irons
You should move the ball slightly further back in your stance for irons and shots off the deck, unless you’re trying to hit it really high. Moving the ball slightly back will help you compress the ball and ensure you make impact on the downswing. The last part of the setup is all about your alignment.
3. The Easiest Way to Hit a Draw in Golf
The hard work is done now that you have the proper setup. Most golfers skip these steps and instead try to flip the wrist at impact. Instead, start by building a great setup and everything will become a lot easier. You might be thinking, but don’t I need to turn my hands over, take the club inside, or do something else to hit the draw?
More Tips to Hit Draws
Keep it simple so you can hit a draw on command. Here are a few more tips to set yourself up for success and curve it both ways. So many golfers make it much more complicated than it needs to be, which leads to confusion and overwhelm. Instead, keep it simple so you can hit a draw on command.
1. Check Your Equipment
Because so many clubs are adjustable and have sliding weights, it’s critical that your club doesn’t have an excessively fade bias. While it’s still possible to hit a draw with a fade bias, it’s much more difficult.
2. Pick Your Target First
Remember that if you want to hit a draw, your club face must be slightly closed at impact; if it’s square, you’ll hit a straight shot, and if it’s open, you’ll hit a fade or slice. To get your club face closed at impact, choose a target based on the club you’re trying to hit a draw with. Longer clubs will draw more and carry farther than shorter clubs.
4. Practice on the Range First
While I mentioned it earlier, you should hit dozens of golf balls on the range before attempting this shot during a round. After warming up on the range, pick targets and hit different shots drawing the golf ball. Experiment with different clubs, different trajectories, and different targets.
Draw Golf Drills (2 Drills)
If you’ve spent your entire golfing career hitting a cut (or slice), a draw may take some time to get used to. But just because it doesn’t happen right away doesn’t mean you can’t. Instead, put in the work and figure out what works best for you. Here are some of my favorite draw drills: Alignment Drill: This simple and easy drill will help you feel what it feels like to aim far enough rig.
5. Have A Single Swing Thought
Choose a single swing thought once you’ve practiced this shot and feel confident enough to take it on the course. This will be different for everyone, but it will help you eliminate overwhelm and focus on one thing. Having more than one idea makes it nearly impossible to succeed because you’ll become overwhelmed on the golf course. Instead, choose something that makes sense to you on the range and stick with it.
Bonus: How to Hit the Low Hook in Golf
Let’s take it a step further. The low running hook shot is another great recovery shot to have in your bag. If you draw it a little too much and end up in trouble on the left side, you’ll need this hero shot to get you back in play. That’s where the low hook (aka power draw) comes in.
Final Thoughts on a Draw Shot in Golf
Anyone can hit a draw if they follow these steps and trust the advice. Don’t overcomplicate things by trying to take the club inside or roll your hands too much at impact; instead, trust the ball flight laws and methods above. Instead, grip it properly, adjust the club face at setup, and swizzle it.
What is the easiest way to hit a draw in golf?
Set up your feet, hips, and shoulders further to the right than the club face (this will, in effect, give the club face a closed position in relation to the swing path, imparting draw spin on the golf ball) and aim your feet, hips, and shoulders further to the right than the club face (this will, in effect, give the club face a closed position in relation to the swing path, imparting draw spin on the golf ball).
How do you consistently hit a draw in golf?
A closed club face at impact is required to turn the ball right to left; an open club face will cause the ball to fade left to right. The majority of this golf swing begins with the setup, which is the polar opposite of a fade setup.
Is hitting a draw in golf good?
The draw shot is popular because it is very consistent and because the player knows it will curve, making it easier to control.
Is it better to hit a draw or straight?
“A draw and fade will carry and roll the same distance if the ball speed, launch angle, and spin rate are all the same, but most club golfers will hit a draw further than a fade because they reduce the loft, which leads to lower spin rates.
Why can’t I hit a draw with my driver?
The last and perhaps most common reason you can’t hit a draw is that you have an over-the-top swing path. If you’re swinging over-the-top (on an out-to-in path), you won’t be able to hit a draw because your shot will start to the left of your target line.
How do you hit a draw every time?
Summary of How to Hit a Draw:
- Swing Along the Line of Your Body.
- Finish Strong.
- Swing Smooth.
- Swing Shallow on Drives.
- Visualize a Draw.
- Align Yourself to the Right.
- Re-align Your Club Face to Face Your Actual Target.
Can you hit a fade with a strong grip?
It is difficult to hit a fade with a strong grip, but it is possible; however, if your natural grip is stronger, you should stick to hitting a draw.
How do I stop aiming right in golf?
This 4-step pre-shot routine will help you improve your aim.
- STAND BACK FROM THE BALL AND VISUALIZE A LINE that is perpendicular to your target line and parallel to the ball.
- POINT YOUR BIG TOE AT THE BALL.
- GET YOUR HIPS AND SHOULDERS PARALLEL.
- SET YOUR FEET PARALLEL.
Why am I hitting a draw?
To hit a pull draw, the club face must be aimed left of the target and the swing path must be right of the club face, resulting in a shot that starts left and then curves away from the path, resulting in a pull draw.
Why am I hitting a fade with my irons?
Because hitting the ball on the inside (or nearest side to you) of the club face can also contribute to a fade, a fade ball flight is created when the club head swings across the ball from outside to inside with a club face open to the swing path (but still closed to the target).
Why am I hitting a pull draw?
A swing path that goes across the ball (outside-in) and a face angle that is aimed in the same direction as the path are the impact conditions that cause a pull. The main causes of a pull are: A ball position that is too far forward in the stance.