Every golfer wants to know how to hit a draw on the golf course. A draw shot looks great, increases the distance of your ball on the course, and most importantly, it looks great on the golf course. However, many golfers complain that a draw remains the most difficult shot for them to make. In spite of doing all the research and practicing all the drills you know, your shot does not mimic the perfect swing in air from the right side of the tee to the middle of the fairway. Such a disappointing shot.
Imagine yourself hitting one draw shot after another!
Now imagine if you could hit a draw consistently. How good would it feel walking up the middle of the fairway toward your ball? Especially when you’re the last to hit your shot since you have out driven your golfing buddies. Fortunately, there are a number of essential elements that you can incorporate in your stance and swing to draw a ball like a pro! We will take you through everything you need to achieve the perfect draw shot. Just read and understand this article and start practicing until you get it!
Before we begin, let us tell you that the draw shot is a relatively difficult one to master and so, it is not recommended for any beginner golfer until they become relatively skilled and confident with the golf club in their hands.
What stance do you need to hit a draw?
First, setup just like you would for any other shot. This includes posture, foot positions, etc.
- Align yourself to the right of the target line:
This step may sound contrary to expectations and common sense, but it is pretty easy to implement once you realize why. In a draw shot, the ball curves to the left mid-air, thereby staying out of the right side of the hole. When you keep this factor in mind, you will understand that starting from the left side of the hole would take the ball further away from the hole. By starting from the right side of the hole, you can hit the ball with just the right swing and watch it land exactly in the middle of the fairway.
The next question that comes to mind is, how far right should you stand in order to make the best shot? The truth is, the further right you go, the larger the draw shot is going to be, so for the best results, try standing at about 20 yards to the right for a drive. Position your entire body as if you want to make the shot at that point.
- Realign your club face to the actual target:
Keep your body exactly as it was in the previous step, except for moving your club face to toward the actual target, i.e., where you want the ball to land. Ideally, this will be in the middle of the fairway. Ensure that you do not move your body while doing this, and that includes your grip. At this point, if someone were to be looking at you from behind, they would see your entire body facing down the right side of the hole, with your club facing the middle. If you are maintaining this exact stance, you are halfway there to hit the perfect draw!
- Change your grip:
Since you did not move your body during the last step, your grip on the club would have changed when you realigned it. Ideally, you should see your top hand slightly beneath the grip, while losing sight of a couple of knuckles. Take your top hand to the front of your grip, only as much is required to see three knuckles on your top hand. By the end of this stage, your body is aligned to the right, your club face is toward the middle, and your grip is perfect. It’s time to hit the shot!
The right stance and swing help you land the perfect draw!
What swing do you need to hit a draw?
- Swing along the line made by your body:
This may again sound contrary, but to hit the perfect draw, your club needs to follow the line of your body. This means that your follow through will move toward the right side of your target. The swing required can be a simple downswing, provided you swing in a sweeping motion and swing like your usual shot. The line that your club makes during such a swing is the inside out swing path that you might have heard about on the field by all those who want to swing a draw.
- Give a strong follow through:
There are many golf players who ask- “Why does the follow through matter? After all, a follow through happens when the ball is already on its way to the destination, right?”
The reason why a follow through is most important is because it reflects all that has happened before it. To ensure that all the steps taken before this work in harmony, finish your shot strong.
So what does finishing strong mean? It’s easy! Finish your swing with your chest out and your top shoulder facing the middle of the fairway.
All the steps mentioned above are very easy to implement individually. However, when they are done together, you can get a truly amazing draw shot. All you need to follow the above steps is a bag of clubs, a few balls, and the eagerness to follow these instructions and hit a perfect draw shot.