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.
Read on to understand how to hit a draw with a driver, wood, or iron; the underlying concept is the same for each club.
What is a draw?
A draw is a shot that curves gently from right-to-left for a right-handed golfer.
Not only do draws tend to go farther than fades, but many would argue that the shape of a draw just looks better too.
To be more specific, 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.
Hitting A Draw
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 (or to the right for a left-handed golfer, as per the image below).
Most amateurs tend to leave their clubface open at impact and hit fades or slices rather than draws.
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 may need to find something that works best for you.
Method #1: Change your alignment.
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.
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 produce 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 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 of hitting a draw much easier. One of them is 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 years to come.
Some excellent club manufacturers to consider are Callaway, TaylorMade, Cobra and Bridgestone.
Draws can be quite difficult for many recreational and high-handicap golfers to hit. In fact, fades are much more common among amateurs because many amateurs tend to come over the top.
However, with the right technique and some practice, draws are definitely achievable.
Now, if you’ve tried to perfect your draw and continue to struggle with it, check this out.
This is going to get you a Tour-caliber golf swing that will allow you to shape your shots as you please (draws, fades, etc.), give you longer, straighter drives, and make you a very consistent golfer:
Thanks for reading. Can you hit a draw on demand? Feel free to drop any questions or feedback in the comment section below.