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Golf 101: How to hit a draw…the easy way

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“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……

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

 

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Johnny Wunder is the Director of Original Content, Instagram Manager and Host of “The Gear Dive” Podcast for GolfWRX.com. He was born in Seattle, Wash., and grew up playing at Rainier G&CC. John is also a partner with The Traveling Picture Show Company having most recently produced JOSIE with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. In 1997 Johnny had the rare opportunity of being a clubhouse attendant for the Anaheim Angels. He now resides in Toronto, On with his wife and two sons. @johnny_wunder on IG

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  1. Brad

    Nov 23, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Question for the author (or anyone really): Is the obstacle over the ball placed on its equator (perpendicular to target line) or slightly towards the contact-side of the ball as it lies?

  2. Painter33

    Nov 23, 2020 at 9:12 am

    This confirms the thought I’ve had since a lesson from Bob Toski years ago – hit this inner quadrant of the ball. If I look at the ball, I hit that quadrant that is like 3-6 on a clock and my natural flatter plane results in a draw. I step up, align slightly right, swing in-to-out and watch a little draw as the result.

  3. Shallowface

    Nov 21, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Many years ago there was a swing trainer called the “Inside Approach” that did much the same thing your instructor did by having you swing under the broomstick. Don’t know if those are still available anywhere or not.

    As a student of the game for nearly 50 years, I have often wondered why so few get it right while so many get it wrong in very similar ways. Years ago I ran across an old tip where the instructor placed a sprig of grass a couple of inches behind the ball and told the student to try to hit that instead of the ball. Not only did the student not hit anything fat, but started hitting these perfect slight draws with little to no divot.

    Perhaps it’s a problem of perception. When we try to hit the ball itself, we tend to get steep on it and hit a chopping slice of some degree. If the thought is to come down behind the ball just a bit, it shallows out the downswing and allows for square solid contact.

    Now, do good players have that thought? Probably not. They have just learned to do that largely by accident. Could be that the reason the few who do excel at the game do so is because they naturally have a slightly different perception of the task at hand than does the majority.

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