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Welcome to Episode 4 of Trackman Tuesday. In this weekly series, I will be using Trackman data to help you understand the game of golf in a little more detail and help you hit better shots and play better golf.

This week’s episode is all about how to hit the most desired shot in golf, a draw. I take a look at what is required to hit a draw using some key parameters to show the relationship between the face, club path and spin.

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Ged Walters is an internationally recognized golf instructor and ranked as a Top 25 Coach by Golf Monthly. His clients include all types of golfers, from beginners who have never picked up a club to elite amateurs and tour players. Ged helps golfers from all over the world with his online lessons and YouTube channel, Ged Walters Golf, which includes the latest golf tips, equipment reviews and course vlogs. Whether you're a complete beginner, a weekend golfer or a professional there's a video on Ged's YouTube page that will help you improve your understanding of the game so you can play better golf.

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  1. Stan

    Feb 19, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Can’t agree with worthless for amateurs
    During a recent three year absence from the game I came across the following from Sean Foley and give it some thought and work.
    The Law Of The Draw
    New research reveals how to hit this shot (you’ll be shocked!)
    https://www.golfdigest.com/story/sean-foley-law-of-the-draw
    As a 17 handicaper I was for the first time in my 60 years of golf able to
    intentionally produce a draw.
    Sean’s Trackman evidence fits with what you see here plus he gives his thoughts
    on how to physically position yourself to create a draw

  2. Tiemco

    Feb 18, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    This is worthless to the average golfer.

  3. Gregg

    Feb 14, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Its one thing to explain the physics of the draw, but the headline to the video was misleading. I didn’t see one tip on HOW to hit a draw in terms of swing or setup mechanics.

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