There are many types of shots in golf, and not all of them fly straight and true.
The type of shot you make in golf is influenced by many different factors from your technique, to the ball and club you’re using to prevailing conditions and a few other things, meaning it can be difficult to understand what is causing your shot to behave the way it does.
This is also why consistency and technique are so important in golf, so as to eliminate as many variables as possible and allow golfers to hone in on what is going wrong and what needs to be done to change or improve their technique or account for other factors such as the weather or the course for example.
One of the most common shot types in golf is the draw shot, which is a specific type of shot and trajectory that the golf undergoes in certain circumstances.
Hitting with a draw can reduce your distance and accuracy considerably over long distances, or even be used purposefully to avoid obstacles, depending on the skill and technique of the golfer in question.
In this guide, we’re going to look at what causes a draw and how to avoid this, as well as how to use it purposefully in the right circumstances to increase the tools you have available as a golfer.
But first, let’s take a closer look at what a draw actually is.
What is a Draw?
A draw happens when the golf ball curves from right to left as it flies through the air, but this is only the case for right-handed players. For left-handed players, a draw is when the ball flies from left to right.
This is really all a draw is, it’s a means of controlling the ball in the air as it flies, however many golfers don’t intentionally draw the ball and instead this happens as a result of poor technique.
How To Avoid Hitting A Draw?
There are a few different reasons why players can find their distance shots pulling or drawing to the side, and it can be really difficult to diagnose the precise cause without observing the player.
There are several things you can try however to slowly work out what’s causing you to pull your shots.
In this section, we’re going to look at these.
Alignment and stance – If you aren’t standing properly and aligned correctly with the ball and the hole, you will increase the chance of you drawing or pulling your shot. Always set up your stance first and ensure that you’re lined up correctly as this is the easiest element of your technique to change and adapt.
Grip – Changing your grip, particularly how hard you grip, will also make an impact and can prevent drawing your shot.
If you grip too hard you will draw, so try to relax your grip slightly and try for a more firm and fluid grip.
Swing – Poor swing technique is one of the most common causes of this issue and one of the hardest things to fix on your own.
This is because it’s hard to feel where you’re going wrong while you swing. Common issues are that you are potentially swinging out and back in, slashing across the ball instead of down and through it as in a quality golf swing.
Another issue is that you are overswinging, emphasizing too much with your upper body instead of allowing your legs and hips to start and control the swing.
Another aspect of this is to start your backswing slowly and in a controlled manner and keep your arms almost straight as you complete your swing and make contact with the ball.
It can be very difficult to identify which of these problems are causing you to draw, and you may be suffering from just one of these issues or all of them, so try to work through them and test your results at a driving range where you can tweak your technique and really measure your results, honing in on what works for you.
How To Hit A Draw?
There are situations in golf where a draw can save you a lot of issues and get you through a hole much quicker than a typical shot.
Being able to hit a draw when you need to is a high-level technique that requires a lot of practice, but you can use a draw very effectively if you need to.
Some of the things you need to do to hit a draw are;
Position the Clubface – Hitting a draw relies on your ability to ensure the clubface doesn’t open too much through your swing or as it makes contact with the ball, as this will likely lead to a fade, which is the opposite of a draw.
Swing technique – Swing technique has a huge impact as mentioned above, and to create a draw you should try to swing from inside to outside as this will create the trajectory you’re looking for.
Follow through – Following through is important for every shot in golf, but even more so for draws as strong follow-through will enable you to maintain clubface position through the contact and remain consistent.
Fluidity – Fluidity is key in all shots at a distance, even draws and fades. The good fundamentals of stance and fluidity in the stroke need to be maintained to keep your shots accurate and consistent.