Hitting a Draw Shot

First off, what is a “draw shot.”  Quite simply, its when your ball flies from right to left – like a hook shot but it’s a planned and controlled shot.  It may sound difficult, but hitting a draw shot is actually easier than you think. And it can be an important technique, because being able to control your ball’s flight path will help you lower your score and master the course.

A lot of the pros spend hours and hours working on this shot because it can dramatically increase the distance of their drives.  When hit correctly, a draw shot will fly lower and roll farther on the fairway.  Use these tips to practice your draw shot, and as you master it, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in your game.

You should us a mid-iron for hitting a draw shot.  Most players like the 6-iron for this.

When hitting a draw shot several things must happen during your swing.

First, you need a strong grip on your club.  This is done by slightly rotating your hands to the right.  Don’t turn the club shaft, only your hands.

Second, make sure to close your stance a bit during your set up (or address).  This will give your body room to fully turn and execute the inside to outside swing path properly.

Remember to let your hands do the work here.  When your club head strikes the golf ball, your right hand will naturally roll back to the correct neutral spot and the club face will close a bit.  Again, a strong grip here will be very helpful.

Keep your head down until you’re all the way finished with your follow through.  That’s the proper form when hitting a draw shot.  If done correctly, the ball will start on a path heading toward the right and then when it reaches its apex it’ll veer back left.  It should stop its curve around the center point.

Important: if the ball curves immediately left, you’re shot is more of a hook.  You’ll need to keep practicing to get the right touch.

Check your divot.  It should be straight in line or a little to the left of the target line.  It shouldn’t be to the right.

The key is to practice until you develop a feel for the shot.  If you find that you still can’t quite get it, check your grips.  If they are larger and softer, it will make it more difficult to get the desired control and action.

You’ll hit a lot of hooks at first.  This is natural.  Don’t be discouraged.  The technique described here – rotating your hands to the right – takes a lot of practice.  The best advice is to make incremental adjustments.  Hit a few balls, then make additional small adjustments until you get it down.

Once you feel fairly confident using your mid-irons for this shot, try the same technique with your driver.  It’s best to learn it with your easier clubs first.  Starting with the driver would be extremely frustrating.

Do not give up.  Once you’ve developed a feel for the mechanics of the shot, it will make your game much better.

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