Many course scenarios require good draw shots starting just to the right of the target for the right-handed golfer, then curving back to it. Sean Foley, a swing coach for numerous PGA Tour players, says draw shots must be hit with an in-and-out swing to the inside of the ball with the club face open to the target and closed to the swing path.
Things You'll Need
- Golf clubs
- Golf balls
Practice shifting your hips laterally toward your target on the downswing. "This forward shift promotes the in-to-out path and open clubface required to hit a draw," is advice that Foley shared in Golf Digest magazine in a December 2012 article. "Practice getting in your setup and rehearsing this lateral shift of the hips to get a sense for where your body should be at impact. Then try to re-create this position when you hit shots. You'll groove the correct path and face angle."
Choose your club and select your club face angle and your swing path accordingly. "What makes the shot curve toward the target is the path the club takes through the ball," Foley wrote. "The path has to go more to the right than the face is pointing. How much more depends on the club you're using ... if you're swinging a 6-iron, think of it as a 2-to-1 relationship. That means if the face is pointing 2 degrees right of your target at impact, the path has to be on a 4-degree angle right of the target line." For wedge shots, use a 3-to-1 ratio. For a driver, it would be roughly 3-to-2.
Set up with the ball slightly back. Move your hands forward slightly. Drop your right foot back an inch or two while addressing the ball. "This creates room on the downswing for the desired in-to-out swing path, which is essential to producing a draw," Foley wrote.
Feel like your hands are moving more around your body during the backswing. "Do this correctly, and it'll feel like your hands have swung behind your right shoulder," Foley wrote. "This also makes it a lot easier to deliver the club on an in-to-out path and promotes the slightly open clubface you need at impact."
As you start down with your swing, shift your hips toward the target, and hold back your shoulders as long as you can. "This will prevent the common fault of spinning the upper body toward the target and shifting to the back foot, which causes the swing path to become out to in and shuts the clubface," Foley wrote. "The result is a shot that starts left and often slices."
Minimize your forearm rotation through your impact with the ball. "Excessive forearm rotation toward the target causes the face to shut prematurely," Foley wrote. "Remember, the face has to be pointing right of your target at impact. That's what starts the ball to the right and sets up the draw."
Tips & Warnings
- The position of your club face determines the starting direction of your shots more than your swing path.
- Keep your back to the target as you start your downswing and slow your upper body.
- The deeper you can turn that left shoulder, the more likely your swing direction is going to be to the right.
- Increasing the club's loft makes it harder to hit a draw.
- Swinging your left arm too upright on the backswing will force your to drop your arms and loop the club head to the inside on the downswing to hit a draw -- which is very difficult to do.
- Hitting the left side of the ball will cause you to pull it left.
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