Hitting a draw shot is easier than you might think. Controlling your ball flight path is essential to lowering your scores and mastering the course.
Hitting a draw means the ball will go from right to left, similar to a hook shot but with some control and deliberation. Many pros spend countless hours mastering this shot, as it can add considerable distance to their drives. When performed correctly, hitting a draw allows the ball to fly lower and to roll more on the fairway. As you perfect this shot, you can expect to see a marked improvement in your game.
To learn this very useful golf shot, you need to ensure that a few things are happening with your swing.
The first key to hitting a draw is to achieve a strong golf grip by rotating your hands slightly to the right on the club shaft. Do not turn the shaft, just your hands.
Next, close your address stance a little bit. This allows your body the room it needs to turn fully and achieve the proper inside to outside swing path.
As the club head comes into contact with the ball, let your hands do the work. Your right hand will naturally roll back to a neutral position, allowing the club face to close slightly. This is where the strong grip comes in handy.
When hitting a draw, keep your head down when completing your follow through. If proper form is used, the ball will naturally begin a path to the right; once it reaches its apex, it will begin to come back to the left, stopping its curve around the center line.
If you notice the ball is curving immediately to the left, you are performing a shot that is closer to a hook, and you need to continue practicing.
A good tip is to look down at the divot you leave. When shooting with an iron, your divot should be slightly to the left of the target line or straight in-line with the target line. It should not be aiming to the right.
Hitting a draw correctly requires practice, and the best club to use is a mid-iron. The 6 is a good choice for most players. If you’re still having a hard time perfecting the shot, examine your grips. Larger, softer grips will make it more difficult to get the desired action on the ball.
Try not to get discouraged if you see a lot of hook shots at first. This is to be expected. The technique of rotating your hands to the right as you take your golf grip takes steady, sustained practice. It is best to make small adjustments, hit a few balls, observe what happens, and make further adjustments as needed.
As you begin to perfect the shot with your mid-irons, move up toward the driver. This is often the most difficult club to master when it comes to hitting a draw, but learning with the easier clubs first will make it much easier to perfect the driver. Don’t give up. Once you have the mechanics down, you’ll be able to control this shot and your game much better.