How To Hit A Draw

What is a draw in golf?

A draw is a shot that curves gently from right-to-left for a right-handed golfer. Whether you want to hit a power draw off the tee with a wood or just hit a draw into the green with an iron, a draw is a coveted shot in golf that most amateur golfers aren’t able to hit starting out. Not only do draws tend to go farther than fades, but many would argue that the shape ogolfdrawf a draw just looks better too.  Read on to understand how to hit a draw with a driver, wood, or iron; the underlying concept is the same for each club.

To hit a draw, your clubface needs to be slighty closed at impact relative to your swing path; this imparts a sidespin on the ball that causes it to curve to the left for a right-handed golfer.  Note that most amateurs tend to leave their clubface open at impact and hit fades or slices rather than draws.

As you probably know, a golf ball that starts right and draws back left is a push-draw, a ball that starts straight and draws is a straight draw, and a ball that starts left and draws is a pull draw.

How can I hit a draw?

There are several techniques that you can employ in order to produce the draw shot shape.  I will discuss two of them below.  Keep in mind that some of these may not work well or be convenient for you; you just need to employ what works best for you.

Method 1:  Perhaps the most commonly used method is to aim your feet and shoulders right of your target and point your clubface directly at the target.  Then, regrip.  If your swing path matches your alignment, you should deliver the clubface to the ball in a slightly closed position, which will cause your ball to draw towards the target.  World-renowned golf instructor Butch Harmon recommends making a smoother swing through impact as this makes it easier for the club to release and impact the ball in a slightly closed position.

Method 2:  Adopt a strong grip (click here to see what that looks like).  With a strong grip, you will be able to “turn over” the club through impact more easily and deliver the clubface in a relatively closed position.  Be sure to aim (align) right if you intend to hit a straight draw, and avoid turning the club over too much or you will producing an undesired hook.

If you have trouble releasing the club and delivering the face to the ball in a closed position, try loosening your grip, or, as Jack Nicklaus himself suggests, try forming a mental image of the toe of the club moving ahead of the heel through impact (the club would be in a closed position when this occurs).

As mentioned above, the goal is to strike the ball with the clubface in a slightly closed position relative to the swing path.  How exactly that is done is up to the individual golfer, but there are ways to do it (see above) that are widely considered to be relatively easy and straightforward.

What equipment is best for the job?

There are other things you can do to make the process much easier, one of them being using quality adjustable drivers, woods or hybrids that allow you to alter the weight distribution of the clubhead and make it easier to hit a draw.  They are well worth the investment and will enable you to have a more enjoyable experience on the course for many years.  Some excellent clubs to consider include those from CallawayTaylorMadeCobra and Nike.  More details on products can be found on the product review page.

Image attributed to:  Lisa Suender