The question, ‘how to hit a draw with a driver?’, is the common question asked by a beginner.
It’s quite natural to have this desire to hit tight “Power Draws” off the tee since it is the most visually appealing shot.
Another reason to love a draw shape is that it adds 5-15 yards of distance which can allow you to hit a short iron as an approach shot.
As a beginner, when I used to see the more experienced golfers around me hit those fairway draws, hitting similar shots seemed like a distant dream.
However, after executing the subtle changes and drills that I’m going to show you through this article, you too are sure to get rid of that slice and start hitting Power Draws with your Driver.
- 1 6 easy hacks to hit a draw with a driver
- 1.1 Correct the grip to a more strong position to hit a draw
- 1.2 Change your set up and align your body more to the right of the target for a draw swing
- 1.3 The direction of the clubface should be pointing towards the target
- 1.4 The direction of the swing path should in-to-out
- 1.5 Have the correct follow-through by rolling your forearms through the impact
- 1.6 Visualize the draw before hitting the shot
- 2 Some key pointers on how to hit a draw with a driver
6 easy hacks to hit a draw with a driver
- Correct the grip to a more strong position to hit a draw
- Change your set up and align your body more to the right of the target for a draw swing
- The direction of the clubface should be pointing towards the target
- The direction of the swing path should in-to-out
- Have the correct follow-through by rolling your forearms through the impact
- Visualize the draw before hitting the shot
Correct the grip to a more strong position to hit a draw
There are essentially 3 types of golf grips.
They are the Neutral grip, the Strong grip, and the Weak Grip.
The ideal way to hold a golf club is in a neutral position. But, in order to make the ball go from right to left, the easiest way is to hold the grip in a strong position.
This means that from the top, 3-4 knuckles of your top/lead hand should be visible.
By doing so, you are allowing the clubface to come down at a more shut angle thus eliminating the possibility of it staying open at the point of impact.
In order to hit a draw, it is important that you allow the clubface to rotate and close through impact. This initiates a more right to left spin on the golf ball which makes it move in that direction.
This proper release of the golf club through impact is only possible if you have a light grip pressure.
Hence, my suggestion is that the bottom/trail hand should be holding the grip with the fingers and not the palm.
Change your set up and align your body more to the right of the target for a draw swing
Setting up for a draw swing is different than setting up for a straight shot.
For a straight shot, the shoulders, hips, and feet should run parallel to the target line.
On the other hand, to hit a draw, the entire body should be facing towards a point which is 5-10 yards right of the target.
The more right you aim, the more degree of draw you will get.
Now you might ask me, why should I aim more to the right if I want the ball to go towards the left?
The answer is simple, Golf is a Game of Opposites.
By this I mean that to hit the ball to the right, you need to aim left and vice versa.
By aligning yourself to the right of the target, you are allowing your club to come more from the inside and hence promoting that sidespin on the ball like a table tennis shot to make it go from right to left.
- On the driving range, use an alignment stick.
- Pick up a target in front of you and place the alignment stick in such a way that it always points to the right of the target.
- By placing your feet in line with this stick, you will make sure that the body is set up in a draw-favoring position.
The direction of the clubface should be pointing towards the target
In the previous point, I mentioned that the body should be aligned to the right of the target.
The alignment stick should be inclined to the right of the target is the direction in which the body and the swing path should be in.
The straight alignment stick points directly to the target.
As far as the clubface direction is concerned, it should be somewhere in between the space of the 2 alignment sticks.
This will ensure the draw spin on the ball to make it start from the right and move to the left.
The direction of the swing path should in-to-out
When I see any beginner hit a driver, almost 90% of the time he/she has an out-to-in swing path. Because of this, the swing path is more towards the left of the target line.
In order to hit a draw, you would ideally want the swing path to be in-to-out.
Hence, always try to swing the club more towards the right of the target line.
- Place 2 tee pegs on the ground as shown in the image.
- Try and bring the driver down in between the 2 tees in the downswing. This will automatically make your swing with a more in-to-out swing path.
- Hold the driver horizontally in front of you and try making a baseball swing with it 5 times.
- Now bring it down to the setup position and try making a similar swing. This will automatically make the swing more in-to-out.
Have the correct follow-through by rolling your forearms through the impact
To hit the perfect draw, it is of prime importance to have the correct follow through.
Many of the beginners out there have a tendency to finish the swing too early. This causes an incomplete rotation and roll of the forearms.
To draw the ball, the forearms and wrists need to rotate freely through impact in order to make the clubhead release more smoothly.
- The next time you hit a driver, make a short swing and check the position of your lead and trail arms halfway through the follow-through.
- I would ideally want the trail forearm to be above the lead forearm.
- Hence, the next time you make a swing, keep this feeling of keeping the trailing arm above the lead arm in the follow-through in mind. By doing so, you will automatically turn the clubface at impact to generate that right to left sidespin on the ball.
Visualize the draw before hitting the shot
Golf is as much of a mental game as it is a physical game.
Visualization of the shot before hitting the ball is the most important part of the game.
As rightly said by the great ‘Jack Nicklaus’ in his book “My Golden Lessons”, visualizing the toe of the club moving faster and ahead of the heel allows you to easily rotate and release the clubhead which helps impart the sidespin on the golf ball.
This helps to make it move from the right to left.
Some key pointers on how to hit a draw with a driver
- Finish strong
- Ensure a centered contact
- Swing smooth and don’t try to hit too hard
- Check your driver setting
- Buy Anti-slice drivers
An incomplete finish will almost always make the ball go more to the right, leading to a fade or a slice.
The reason for this is that you are not allowing the clubface to turn and rotate through impact.
This is very important if you want to hit a draw.
The ideal finish is one in which the chest is pointing directly towards the target.
The entire weight of the body is transferred to the lead leg and the body is in a stable position.
Ensure a centered contact
A centered contact is a must to hit a solid draw.
Many a time I see beginners strike the ball either off the heel or the toe of the driver’s face.
This leads to a slice or a hook, both of which should be avoided.
- The next time you go to the range, carry any type of spray, like a shoe-polish spray along.
- Before hitting the driver, spray the clubface.
- By doing so, you will get instant feedback as to where exactly you are striking the golf ball.
- If it’s too much towards the toe, that means that you are standing too far away from the ball at setup. This will lead to hooking of the golf ball
- Whereas if it’s at the heel, then the ball will go to the right. This is because you are standing too close to the golf ball.
Swing smooth and don’t try to hit too hard
Remember your first few lessons in golf. The instructor always emphasizes that you should swing the golf club in a smooth rhythmic manner rather than trying to hit the ball too hard.
But invariably, whenever there is a driver in hand, I see beginners try to smash the ball with all the power they’ve got in order to get more distance.
By doing so, the whole balance of the body is disrupted leading to poor contact.
To ensure solid contact, a smooth swing is absolutely crucial.
Check your driver setting
Sometimes, equipment plays a huge role in the outcome of a golf shot.
Before making any changes to your golf swing, check the settings on your driver ( if they are adjustable) and change them to suit a draw.
By this I mean, the screw at the back of the club should be adjusted in such a way that the weight of the club is shifted more towards the toe. This makes the clubface a little more closed at impact, thus promoting a draw.
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