Author: WhyGolf WhysGuy
How to Hit a Draw Like a Tour Pro
We want to preface this guide with the acknowledgment that neither WhysGuy nor anyone from the WhyGolf team claims to know everything about the golf swing. We don’t want anyone to treat what we say here as gospel. While much of what we’ll say is a reflection of decades of dialogue with PGA instructors and players, we’re always learning and we understand that knowledge about the sport of golf will continue to evolve over time.
In this post, WhysGuy will cover:
- Why it's important to have the ability to hit a draw.
- Practical swing adjustments you can make to start hitting draws.
- How the WhyGolf Alignment Disc can help you hit draws.
Why is it Important to Know How to Hit a Draw?
Aside from the fact that draws are aesthetically pleasing, draws can provide many benefits to your golf game.
Key Benefits to Draws:
1. Draws penetrate the wind much better than fades (draws make the ball spin less).
2. Draws generally go farther than fades. Due to less spin, draws typically roll out more than fades.
3. Draws will help you attack tucked-left pins safely (right pins for left-handers). Instead of having to aim directly at a left pin, you'll be able to aim towards the center of the green and use draw spin to get closer to the hole.
Before we dive into swing tips, it's worth taking a moment to discuss the impact conditions required for a draw.
So, What is a Draw?
For a right-handed player, a draw is an airborne golf ball that ideally starts to the right of our target and curves back to our target. If you haven’t already, we highly recommend reviewing our post on the Ball Flight Laws for a refresher on the 9 ball flights and how to hit them.
Put simply, the club's face angle at impact primarily determines your ball's starting direction and the resulting curve reflects the difference between your clubface angle and swing path at impact.
To hit a draw (for right-handers):
- The club’s face angle at impact must be aimed to the right of the target (so the ball starts to right of the target).
- Swing path needs to be slightly right of face angle at impact, which will produce draw spin.
How to Hit a Draw
1. Aim Right with Feet and Shoulders
- Since you'll need your swing path to the right (for right-handers) of the target at impact, we recommend that you align your feet and shoulders to the right of your target at setup.
- Your swing path will naturally follow the direction in which your body aims - aim right, swing right.
2. Move Ball Position Back Slightly
- When you move the ball back in your stance, your swing path will naturally come more from the inside, which will help you hit a draw.
- Ball position is one of the most overlooked elements of a sound golf swing. Play around with it! You'll find it's much easier to hit a draw with the ball in the middle of your stance as opposed to off your front heel.
3. Add Width to Your Backswing
- At the top of your backswing, focus on keeping your lead wrist (left wrist for right-handers) as far away from your head as possible.
- This will add depth to your swing and it will give you a better chance at dropping the club underneath the plane on your downswing.
4. Drill Your In-to-Out Swing Path with the Alignment Disc
- With the Alignment Disc, you can place alignment rods at specific angles to facilitate a swing and shot shape of your choosing.
- For many golfers, practicing with a reference point enables them to better feel where the clubhead is and should be throughout the swing.
- See the adjacent illustration for a visual.
How to Hit a Draw with the Alignment Disc
- Set the Alignment Disc about a club-length from the ball and a foot outside the target line (see picture).
- You should feel forced to swing under the rod, which will facilitate an in-to-out swing path.
- If you hit shots in this position and your ball isn't drawing, move the Alignment Disc closer to the target line. This will move your swing path even farther in-to-out.
- Repeat for a few shots until you get the feel for it, then see if you can apply that feeling to shots without the discs.
- A draw happens when your club's face angle is slightly closed to your swing path at impact.
- To hit a draw, we recommend adjusting your setup and ball position before making further changes to your golf swing.
- The WhyGolf Alignment Disc can be a useful tool to help you feel an in-to-out swing path.
What are the Ball Flight Laws?
HOw do I hit a Draw?
To hit a draw that ends up at your target, you want your clubface angle to be slightly right (for right-handers) of your target at impact. Your swing path needs to be slightly to the right of your club face angle at impact.
How do i hit a hook?
To hit a hook that ends up at your target, you want your clubface to be aimed where you want the ball to start. To make the ball curve significantly to the left, you will need your swing path to be much farther right of your face angle at impact. You can accomplish this by aiming well to the right with your shoulders and feet.
How Much does clubface angle at impact affect the ball's starting direction?
For full shots, club face direction at impact is responsible for 75-95% of the ball's initial starting direction.
However, as we move closer to the green, club path angle becomes more and more responsible for your ball's initial starting direction. In bunkers, for example, your club path is responsible for most of your ball's starting direction since the club usually doesn't make direct contact with the golf ball (sand pushes the ball out of the bunker).
Is a Draw or Fade Better?
Draws and fades both have their own benefits and drawbacks. There are times on the course where a draw will make more sense than a fade and vice-versa. If you're interested, check out our post on Draws vs. Fades where we compare and contrast the two ball flights.
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