The draw is one of the most testing shots in golf. It requires impeccable technique and skill to master the draw, and even some of the world’s best players often fail to hit it properly. Once pulled off correctly, it is arguably the most elegant shot in golf.
Amateurs, in particular, struggle with the draw and, more often than not, end up slicing the ball due to poor technique. You must indeed be at the top of your game to hit a draw, however, after a few weeks of practice and with the right approach, you can also master it.
A draw comes in handy when you want to keep the ball trajectory low and flat without any spin. If hit by a driver, a draw can easily add 5 to 15 yards to your hits. Most importantly, hitting a draw on a consistent basis will save you precious strokes and make you a better player.
If you’re curious about the right technique for hitting a perfect draw, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll explain how to hit a draw, including all the other aspects like the setup, the grip, and the technique.
Grip: How to Hit a Draw
The grip is the most crucial part of hitting any golf shot. Expert golfers believe that you can tell everything about a golfer by looking at how they grip their golf club. This is also true in the case of hitting a draw.
The grip, along with the initial setup, plays a critical role in hitting a draw. The basic idea is to have a closed clubface at the time of the impact. It is nearly impossible to hit a draw with an open clubface. Here are a few tips to improve your grip for a better draw. Keep in mind that these are for right-handed players.
- Players often open the clubface too much during their backswing. Make sure you are avoiding that all time.
- Another common error that players make is rotating their wrists during the backswing and downswing. Try to minimize the wrist rotation by keeping them as firm as possible. Make sure your left wrist and forearm stay neutral.
- Make sure your right-hand grips the club with slightly more force than the left hand. This will reduce the chances of the clubface opening up too much.
Setup: How to Hit a Draw
Hitting a draw with a neutral ball position (where the ball is directly in the middle of your feet) is possible and many players do it. However, the ideal ball position is slightly behind the neutral position. The farther ahead the ball is from the neutral position, the harder it will be to hit a draw.
So, the initial setup will be focused on positioning the ball for a perfect draw. Here it is:
- Take a step away from the ball.
- Place an alignment stick on your target line just behind or in front of the ball.
- Now step closer to the ball but make sure you don’t crowd the ball. The idea is to have enough space between you and the ball so that your swing path stays behind the target line.
- Hold the club as mentioned above and get in position to strike the ball.
- Drop back your right foot by an inch or two. This creates an additional room needed for an in to out swing path, increasing the chances of hitting a draw.
- The goal is to minimize the wrist rotation during the backswing and the downswing.
- You should also make sure that the clubface is square or slightly inwards at the moment of impact.
Technique: How to Hit a Draw
Once you’ve mastered the grip and the initial setup, the technique will be a cakewalk for you. The grip and the setup are responsible for more than half of the work. The technique is merely the execution.
The main idea in the technique is to hit inside the golf ball to have an inward spin during flight. This inward spin is responsible for the ball elegantly shifting from right to left while in motion. Follow these steps to hit a draw perfectly.
- Make sure you have the right grip and setup as mentioned above.
- The key to a perfect draw is in the swing path, both backswing, and downswing. In the backswing, try to move your arms around your body instead of above it. At the highest point of the backswing, your hands should be behind your right shoulder rather than above it.
- Moving your arms around your body makes it easier for an in to out swing motion and also ensures that the clubface is not open.
- While on the downswing, try not to rotate your torso. You can do this by shifting your hips slightly towards the target and holding your shoulders back as much as you can.
- The final step is to minimize the forearm and wrist rotation. Your goal should be to keep your wrists and forearms as firm as possible, especially in the follow-through.
- Practice all the above steps regularly and you’ll be hitting perfect draws in no time.
Hitting a draw might be one of the most challenging golf skills, but it is certainly not impossible. Over the years, I have seen several beginners and amateurs go from not knowing what a draw is to hitting brilliant draws consistently. With some regular practice and the right technique, you’ll be hitting perfect draws in no time.