Every beginner golfer wants to know how to hit a draw. Draws look great, they increase distance, and it’s what most of the pros do. However, many golfers find hitting a draw simply too difficult to master.
If you have been consistently struggling with hitting a draw, you have come to the right place. There are many key elements to your swing that will have you drawing the ball like a pro and breaking it down into five straightforward steps. Let’s dive in!
Step 1: Align Yourself to the Right
We will assume that for the purpose of this article, you are a right handed golfer.
Aligning yourself to the right may sound counter-intuitive because you want to keep your golf ball away from the right side of the hole. However, but when you see the downswing and a follow-through lead out to the right of the golf ball’s final landing spot, you will be happy with your aim.
To get started, choose a spot to the right of your target. How far-right you want to go depends on how far you want the ball to move in the air. The further you align to the right, the larger the draw is likely to be. We would go further than 20 yards to the right for a drive.
Now set up as you are trying to hit the ball to this spot. Align your feet with this point, your shoulders, and your club.
Step 2: Realign the Club Face
Keep your body aligned, as explained in step 1, but move your clubface, so it’s facing your target – the spot where you want your ball to land. Without moving your body, realign the clubface until it is pointing directly at your target.
Your entire body should be facing down the right-hand side of the hole while your club is facing up the middle.
Step 3: Re-Grip
While adjusting the clubface in step 2, your grip will have changed. As you closed the face, your left hand will have slowly crept underneath the grip, and you will have lost sight of one or two knuckles.
You are adequately set up when you can see three knuckles on your left hand. Proper grip is essential not only to eliminate slice but also to be able to hit a draw. Without changing your initial set up, or club alignment, readjust your grip by shuffling your left hand back around the grip until you can see your three knuckles.
If your body is aligned to the right, clubface is facing down the middle, and your grip is perfect, you are ready to hit a draw.
Step 4: Swing Along the Line of Your Body
This again sounds counter-intuitive, but to hit a draw, you need your club to follow the line of your body, so you follow through will head towards the target’s right.
If you would have traced a line of the club during a swing that generates a draw, you should see the downswing and a follow-through lead out to the right of the golf ball’s final landing spot.
This may be a bit hard to understand, but the bottom line is that the movement of the ball in the air is determined by the direction of the club at impact and the orientation of the clubface. Similar to when a soccer player takes a free kick – a right-foot player would often curl it right to the left. We want to achieve the same when hitting a draw.
Step 5: Finish Strong
A strong finish is an easy way to ensure all the previous steps worked together to create a draw. And that’s why following through is so important. How exactly to achieve this? By finishing with your chest out, and right shoulder facing towards your actual target.
This also helps with weight transferal, shoulder rotation, and achieving that perfect inside-out swing path. If you follow through poorly (with a sunken chest with a club barely reaching around your left shoulder, and the clubface open), the ball will be flying out to the right.
Common Mistakes When Hitting a Draw
Smashing the ball as hard as you can
In order to hit a long and strong draw, you don’t need to smash the ball as hard as you can. Doing so may cause you to over-rotate your body and keep the clubface open. Instead, make a smooth swing, and the ball (and your previously set up technique) will generate the extra distance all by itself.
Swinging your driver too steeply
Another mistake to avoid is not to swing your driver too steeply. You can avoid this by not raising the club too quickly. To stay on the right path, you need to make a shallower swing, which will, in return, give you more distance.
So, how to do it? To make a shallow swing, neutralize your hands, moving them back so that your driver’s shaft is closer to 90 degrees from your body, rather than in a diagonal angle towards you. And that’s it! This will automatically create a shallower swing and an inside-out swing path.
Not believing in yourself
Yes, the mental aspect is important too. If you believe you can hit a draw, you’ll be able to do so sooner or later. Visualization can also be very helpful, and some of the top golfers in the world do it before hitting a draw.
With these five simple steps, anyone can hit a draw no matter how much they previously struggled with it. All of these are actionable for a golfer of any level. If you can align yourself to the right and follow through like you mean it, you can hit a draw.
You don’t need to be Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy to follow these steps. All you need is a bag of clubs, a couple of balls, love for golf, and a willingness to practice.