“How to gain 10 yards,” “How to drive it like Tiger Woods,” “How to fix my slice,” all big questions that every golfer has studied, tried, and probably at one point or another achieved for a minute or two…well maybe not the Tiger one but you get the point.
The question I get over and over again from golfers of all skill levels is: “How do I hit a draw?”
There is no better feeling as a new golfer than striking one solidly and seeing the ball start a hair right and fall ever so gracefully to the left. It’s almost a badge of honor in a weird way.
If you do a search on YouTube you will find this question asked literally 1000’s of times with 1000’s of explanations from 1000’s of different players, teachers, fitters, etc.
From the simple to the data approach it’s a rabbit hole of “How To”
HOWEVER, in my 25+ of playing this game and being a person that has always hit a draw, I know of one foolproof way to get it done and it was taught to me on day one.
To hit a draw you have to learn to swing UNDER something. You cannot hit the inside of the ball swinging OVER something.
- Can you aim right close the face and swing out? YES
- Can you aim left close the face and swing out? YES
- Can you aim straight and swing out? YES
- Can you do all of these things and swing in? NO
Yes, there is the better player “swing left” move but that’s not what we are tackling here. This is for new golfers and swinging out and swinging in is simple to digest.
For a new golfer, swinging under something automatically shallows the plane bringing the clubhead not only from an inside path but naturally requires the player to rotate correctly.
This idea works for weak grips, neutral grips, and strong grips. The reason being is when the path is sound, momentum, and feel will naturally tell your hands when to release or for the stronger grips how to hold it off a bit longer. YES, your natural feel HAS to come into play here, we are not robots. Use your hands, eyes, body, and brain to adjust like an athlete. Hitting solid golf shots is the technique and YOU.
This is how I learned to hit a draw and it stuck for 25 years……
- I was handed a long broomstick and told to swing it without hitting the ground. This was before I was even handed a golf club. The sensation of swinging the broomstick just over the ground taught me about the proper plane but also what real rotation was.
- With a club, I was told to swing under the stick. My local PGA pro took the same broomstick held it over the ball and had me hit shots. The only way to get to the ball was shallowing the club out and hitting the inside of the ball. Yes, I mishit it, yes I skanked a few but once the feeling kicked in the ball would start right and naturally start to fall to the left..with every club.
This is the easiest way I have ever come across. Not only has it worked for people like my old man who chop down on it like Paul Bunyan but also brand new players like my son who now only know how to swing it that way. The challenges are, as the players begin to develop the tendency is to overdo it and the club begins to get stuck behind them causing new problems BUT it’s easier to help a player that gets stuck than one that chops down on it.
If you are curious, next time you are at home sweeping the floor, grab the end of the broom handle put the stick out in front of you, and slowly start to make swings parallel to the ground. Little by little start to lower the plane getting it as close to the ground as possible without hitting it…feel that? That’s how you hit the inside of the ball. IE That’s How to hit a draw the way.
Can a teacher move you around and do a bunch of things to get the ball to curve right to left once or twice? Yes. But don’t you wanna be able to do it all the time as a natural part of your game? YES.
WGC-Workday Championship Tour Truck Report: New putter for Rory, more AutoFlex experiments
First and foremost, prayers and love to Tiger Woods and his family.
Rory McIlroy is going back to an older model putter this week at Concession swapping his Spider X for a TP Juno.
Robert McIntyre AKA “Bobby Mack” put a new TaylorMade Rescue ’21 Hybrid ([email protected]) in the bag with a Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black Hybrid 100 6.5 TX.
Matthew Wolff put a new TaylorMade (19) UDI in the bag with a Mitsubishi MMT 125TX.
Collin Morikawa was testing SIM2, SIM2 Max hybrids this week with Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX shafts.
Dustin Johnson alongside TaylorMade’s Keith Sbarboro was testing SIM2 drivers with Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X, Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 and an LAGP Proto.
Jon Rahm made adjustments to his Mavrik Sub Zero 5-wood to optimize launch. The 5-wood has 16.4 degrees of loft and a Black Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8X. The adjustments were to the lie of the club going from 59.8 to 58.9 and weight distribution from 12g Front/6g Back to 10G Front/6g Back. Dialed.
Min Woo Lee put a new Epic Speed ([email protected]) with a Fujikura Ventus Red 7X. Lee also debuted his new logo which is on fire.
Genesis Invitational champion Max Homa tested TSi2 5-woods to give him some options for some of the tee shots at Concession. It’s equipped with a Graphite Design Tour XC 8 TX.
Lanto Griffin swapped into a shorter driver going from 45 to 44.5 in his TSi3 (10). Griffin’s driver has a Project X HZURDUS Smoke Black 70 6.5TX
Justin Thomas put a TSI3 (9) in the bag this week. The new set up is powered by a Mitsubishi Diamana ZF TX
Cameron Champ switched back into a shorter length Ping G425 LST this week going from 45 to 44.25 inches. The shaft is a Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 70 6.5 TX (@44.25 , Tip 1.5, D4 SW).
Louis Oosthuizen did something interesting. He had a Ping build him a G425 LST (10.5 @ 9.4, Small -) with the company’s lightweight Alta Slate CB 55 stiff shaft. The 2010 Open Champion was looking for a softer feel with the driver, which isn’t surprising, considering he was seen taking a hard look at Adam Scott’s TSi with an AutoFlex. The whippy lightweight plot thickens…
Ping released a bunch of new putters this week for seeding. Multiple staffers tested them and we will see on Thursday if any go in play.
Cobra’s Ben Schomin (and king of the mullets) is doing something to Bryson’s driver—wanted to post this because of the respect for Ben’s hair. Hair aside, Bryson did put a new LAGP Axis Blue 6X in his driver and was also testing new Rad Speed 3 Woods.
Tommy Fleetwood swapped out his Callaway MD5 Jaws wedges for a set of Titleist Vokey’s (52M, 56M, and 60T) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts.
Adam Scott (Titleist staff) was testing long center shafted Odyssey Two Ball 10.
Interesting photos from WGC-Workday (plus links to all 9 galleries)
This week, the PGA Tour is at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida, where we were on-site Tuesday and Wednesday to spy some interesting things from the grounds and on the range as players were getting ready to battle for a $10.5 million purse at the WGC-Workday Championship.
Don’t forget you can check out all our image galleries in the GolfWRX Tour Equipment forum.
There is a lot going on with the center-shafted 2-Ball Ten. It has weight plugs epoxied into the sole cavity, a hand-drawn marker line on the alignment discs, and a White Hot OG insert—and did I mention it has a long grip?
Speaking of 2-Ball…
The aforementioned 2-Ball Ten caught the attention of Adam Scott, and he was spotted messing around with it around the putting green.
Iron covers: the new trend?
Before you start thinking Bubba Watson was the trendsetter, it was actually Aaron Rai who has been using iron covers longer. Indeed, he won while using them at the 2020 Scottish Open.
JT’s putter cover flex
JT with the full flex on his fellow players as he has his own “Inspired by” Justin Thomas cover in the bag.
Does Santa moonlight as a caddy on the PGA Tour?
Xander: Always working
A few weeks ago it was a Quintic. This week, it’s an iPad on a very clever stand. Xander is always working hard on his putting!
Louis Loves that Callaway wedge
Louis Oosthuizen has been a long-time Ping guy, but the one club he can’t seem to shake is his Callaway PM grind wedge.
A couple of guys talking putters
Collin Morikawa—with his TaylorMade FCG Spider—was spotted talking to Rory McIlroy, who looks to have gone back to a TaylorMade Juno blade putter from his Spider.
Fleetwood hanging onto his TVD Vokey wedge
Tommy Fleetwood has transitioned almost his entire bag to TaylorMade, but a couple of the holdout include a classic Vokey TVD wedge.
More Autoflex testing on tour?
Adam Scott looks to be more than just a fashion influencer out tour. Louis Oosthuizen was spotted talking with Mr. Scott about his Autoflex shaft and even gave it a few wiggles.
DJ testing all kinds of shafts
As reported last week in the Genesis Invitational Tour Truck Report, DJ was testing a new LA Golf shafts DJ Proto, and this week at the WGC, it looks like the testing continues. He was spotted hitting his tried-and-true Fujikura 661, a Ventus, and the LA Proto. What will go into play Thursday, nobody knows (I mean we will, of course…).
Testing looked to have continued on Wednesday—DJ was rotating through three different drivers on the range, along with some prototype putters on the green.
Laurie Canter with Honma blades
Although not a household name (yet), Laurie Canter is inside the top 100 in the official world golf rankings and has a very interesting bag of clubs—including Ping woods, Honma blades, and both Callaway and Titleist wedges.
New Ping putter line spotted
Ping loves to seemingly randomly drop new putters, and although we don’t have the tech story on these yet, we can conclude that there is some sort of insert technology to go along with some sort of heavy (likely tungsten) heel and toe weights to boost MOI.
Check out all of our galleries below
- 2021 WGC Workday Championship – Tuesday #1
- 2021 WGC Workday Championship – Tuesday #2
- 2021 WGC Workday Championship – Tuesday #3
- 2021 WGC Workday Championship – Tuesday #4
- 2021 WGC Workday Championship – Tuesday #5
- 2021 WGC Workday Championship – Tuesday #6
- 2021 WGC Workday Championship – Wednesday #1
- 2021 WGC Workday Championship – Wednesday #2
- 2021 WGC Workday Championship – 2021 Ping putters
Tiger Woods recovering after surgery for multiple leg injuries following single-car accident (Updates)
Update, 2/26, 8.04 p.m: On Friday evening, Tiger’s team produced a statement on Twitter that said that after being moved to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Woods received follow-up procedures on his injuries which were successful and that he is now recovering and in good spirits.
Update, 2/25, 8:50 p.m.: According to a statement released Thursday, Tiger Woods has been transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles “for continuing orthopedic care and recovery.”
Statement of Anish Mahajan, MD, Interim CEO/CMO, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center: pic.twitter.com/isZOkD8FSG
— Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (@HarborUCLA) February 26, 2021
Update: Tiger Woods is currently “awake, responsive and recovering in a hospital room” after undergoing major surgery.
The surgery followed a single-car accident which left Woods with “comminuted open fractures” to both the upper and lower portions of his tibia and fibula in his right leg, as well as damage to the ankle bones.
Per a statement from the Woods camp on his social media sites, Woods’ right leg was stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia, while screws and pins were used to stabilize the bones in the foot and ankle. A surgical release of the muscle covering was also performed to relieve pressure due to swelling and trauma.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) February 24, 2021
Update: On Wednesday, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva spoke during a Q&A on Facebook where he confirmed that the incident was an accident and that there was “no evidence of any impairment whatsoever”.
“There was no evidence of any impairment whatsoever. He was lucid, no odor of alcohol, no evidence of any medication, narcotics or anything like that. That was not a concern so no field sobriety test and no drug expert needed to respond. This is what it is – an accident.”
Then asked if Woods could face charges, Villanueva continued: ‘No. A reckless driving charge has a lot of elements to it. This was purely an accident. ‘
In a statement on Wednesday, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said
“I think that the only thing that really matters now is his well-being, his recovery, his family, the level of support that we provide to him.
When Tiger wants to talk about golf, we’ll talk about golf, but I think right now the entirety of our efforts needs to be around the support. When you’re going to overcome what he needs to overcome, I think the love of all of our players and everybody out here, it’s going to come forward in a big way and across the entire sporting world.
I think he’ll feel that energy and I think that’s what we should all focus on. We’ll all be talking about (the PGA Tour without Woods) at some point down the road, but right now that’s not what we should be talking about.”
Tiger Woods was involved in a single-car rollover accident a little after 7 a.m. in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, and is undergoing surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center after suffering multiple leg injuries, according to reports.
Lt. Michael White of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has since told KCBS-TV in LA that Tiger Woods’ injuries are “non-life-threatening.”
Per the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, the vehicle sustained major damage and Woods was extricated from the site by the L.A. firefighters and paramedics.
In the original L.A. County Sheriff Department statement below, it is said that the jaws of life were used. However, in a media briefing this afternoon the Department told media that this was not the case and that an axe and hand tools were used to pry Tiger Woods from his SUV.
In the same briefing, officials told media that Woods had serious leg injuries and that he was conscious while being removed from car, reiterating that there were “no signs of impairment.”
Here is the original statement:
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) February 23, 2021
A spokesman for the L.A. County Fire Department told the L.A. Times that “because of the situation and the way that you found the vehicle, he wasn’t able to open the door and come out. We extricated him, we helped assist him out of the vehicle.” Per the L.A. Times, Woods was removed from the vehicle through the windshield.
In a statement given to Golf Digest, Mark Steinberg disclosed that Woods had sustained multiple leg injuries and is currently in surgery.
“Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support.”
The images of Tiger's car accident are horrific ?? pic.twitter.com/UJ4qmY6TDR
— Brian Wacker (@brianwacker1) February 23, 2021
TaylorMade has issued the following statement after the accident
“We are shocked at the news of Tiger Woods’ accident earlier this morning and are sending our thoughts and prayers to him, his family and his team as they support him through his surgery and recovery.”
Per Golf Digest, Woods remained in California following the Genesis for a two-day content shoot with Golf Digest/GOLFTV. Despite photos surfacing on social media with Woods with David Spade at Rolling Hills Country Club on Monday, he did not hit balls or play any holes.
The report also notes that Tiger “was in good spirits on Monday but did not arrive to the course for the second day of shooting.”
We will continue to update this post as soon as more details emerge.
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