One thing is true: no golf professional hits the ball the same way every time. Often they can hit in a straight line. But it does not always happen, and usually, the shots generate some effect on the ball. For any experienced golfer, it is best to choose the type of shot you want to hit: Tiger Woods, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, and Rory McIlroy, to name some of the most experienced players on the PGA Tour and the European Tour, determine before executing their strokes what effect the ball will carry. They usually choose to hit with a draw or fade, depending on the needs.
If you are looking for distance from the tee box, the best, without a doubt, is to hit shots with a draw.
For amateurs, hitting with a draw is not so easy. Most of the time, they try and adjust their game to hit with a draw and end up hitting some giant bananas, as we explained in our article How to stop slicing the golf ball.
Why Draw is the Best Shot You Can Hit
Draw shots have a lot of advantages. They allow us to get an additional 10 to 15 yards of distance from the tee, depending on the fairways' speed. With the draw, what we get are shots with a higher topspin. Also, we have to know that on some “harder” courses a great additional distance can be generated, as in the British courses. We must never forget that the longer we hit our starting shots, the shorter our approach shots to the green will be.
But as we said, these shots cost the fans a lot. Luckily, errors that do not allow to hit a draw can be solved very quickly.
Setup Position to Hit a Draw
Before hitting a shot with a draw, it is essential to know something: To hit a draw, the clubface must be more closed than usual if you want to turn the ball right to left. It is impossible to hit a draw with the clubface open.
The important thing is to make changes that can be applied. As Australian golfer Greg Norman, a two-time British Open golf winner, says: "The only way to hit good shots is to keep things simple."
How to grip for a draw
Before lining up in front of the ball, it is important to make small changes to the grip. There are two ways to do it in an easy and didactic way:
1. Rotate your right hand to the left.
With this hand's movement, we achieve a firmer grip similar to baseball players. This will allow us to better hit through the ball.
2. Take the club usually, making a little more pressure with the right hand.
This advice does not mean that you have to loosen the left hand. But applying pressure with the right hand will help the club better roll through the ball and into the Finnish.
It is imperative to define which grip to adopt to achieve a draw and apply it. It is worth remembering that our swing's change requires 21 days for our body to memorize the modification.
Setup position to hit a draw
In addition to having the proper grip, we need to have our bodies aligned correctly in front of the ball to hit a draw. To hit a draw, you have to feel that you have more space when you come from inside to the ball. Therefore, the key is in space.
The next step is to close the stance by dropping your right foot back two inches at your address. If we want to deepen the draw, we have to further carry the ball back while moving our left foot forward. These changes are minimal but necessary to be able to hit a good draw.
The final part of the preparation is the body's alignment. What this means: that our shoulders and feet have to point to the right of the target. A perfect alignment will allow you to execute this shot with greater precision.
Also, keep in mind that the longer the club, the more draw effect we will achieve.
Easy Ways to Hit a Draw
In addition to a correct position of the hands and the body, other ways will make it easier to hit a draw. Among them, we find:
1. Check the equipment.
We have to verify that our driver and the woods are set in a neutral mode. If the clubs naturally make you hit fade in this mode, look for them to be a little more closed. That will help you to hit a draw.
2. Look at the ball.
Nothing more important to learn from our ball's flight. For that, we have to align ourselves correctly according to the indications given and with a defined objective. It is important to remember that the longer the club, the more draw effect can be achieved. Once the object has been determined, make enough shots that allow us to visualize a draw.
3. The easiest way to hit a draw.
Thanks to the ease of flight that balls currently have, the most important thing is to focus on the fact that the clubface is closed at the moment of impact. And very important: achieve it without forcing anything in the swing, just following the indications proposed in the previous paragraphs. You will see that the ball will not only fly more but will roll a greater distance on the fairway.
4. Placement on the tee.
It is much easier to hit a draw knowing where to stand on the tee. For that, it is best to stand on the left side of the tee. This gives you more room to hit a draw and get a better view of the shot you want to make. You have to do it without fear, and you will notice that the perspective of the shot is considerably widened by doing so.
To keep in mind
The draw is usually a stroke that many amateurs, especially those with a high handicap, prefer not to perform. Many are afraid to hit a hook instead of a draw. But it is not impossible to do. The important thing is not to get complicated with significant changes but with following the correct indications. And swing naturally. The proper grip and the correct position of the body and feet are essential. Hitting good flying draw shots that roll well will allow for more distance and control and get your next shot closer to your next target. With these tips, you can surely hit multiple shots on your golf round and sign better scorecards.
Golf expert. Assistant for professional golfers on major tours for almost 20 years.