Hitting a draw has become a sign of a great ball striker.
Golfers that can hit a draw seem to get more distance out of their shots, control over their ball, and a much better feeling when they make contact.
As a golf professional, I can honestly say that my favorite shot shape is a draw. If you have always wanted to learn how to hit a draw in golf, you are in the right place.
What Is A Draw and Why Is It Important?
A draw is a golf shot that starts slightly right of a target and draws back towards the target. The right to left ball flight is very controlled, and it is not going to be as obvious or extreme as a hook that would make a significant right to left turn.
When you hit a draw, chances are you made very good contact with the golf ball, were able to release your hands, and your clubface is square.
All of these things will also lead you to hit the golf ball a bit further. Draws get the ball in the air, and they help golfers get even closer to pins.
How To Hit A Draw
Although there are several ways to hit a draw, most will deal with the angle of your club face and the swing path and plane.
If your swing path is on track to hit a draw and your club face angles are accurate, then you will have no problem getting the ball to do what you need it to do.
Here are a few steps for what we believe is the easiest way to hit a draw. After all, there is no sense in making the golf swing any more complicated than it already is!
Steps To Hit A Draw – 5 Steps
Following these five steps to hit a draw will help make this a process that you can repeat.
When you want to hit a draw it is important to keep things as natural as possible and make minimal changes.
Like most things in golf, the initial steps are going to come down to how you are set up to hit the ball. The proper ball position to hit a draw with driver, iron, or any of your clubs will be exactly where your ball is always located.
Leave the ball where it is and adjust the stance, alignment, and grip.
Setup right of your target. Many golfers want to know exactly how far right, and most of the time, we recommend about five yards or so. If you find that your draw is a little more exaggerated than that, you can adjust accordingly.
Once you are set up right of your target, square up the face of the club so that it is no longer right of the target. Set the clubface so that it is headed directly at the pin. You can also change your grip when you adjust the club face to hit the draw shot.
You will essentially have to forget about how your feet are set to the right of the target. Focus on the clubface and your grip at this point.
3. Low Takeaway
Taking the club back low and slow is going to help a player get on the right path to draw the ball. When you let the club get outside or above the swing plane, chances are you won’t be able to get it back on to make sure that the ball draws.
Have the swing thought of low and slow, and you will be well on your way to hitting a draw.
Your golf swing will have to be a bit shallow so that you approach the ball from the inside. This is going to be especially important with the driver if you want to get that right to left ball flight.
You can do some swing plane drills with alignment sticks to make sure you are getting the club on a shallow path as you approach the ball. When you hit a golf draw, you will swing on the path of your clubface, not on the path of your feet.
5. Finish Strong
The last step is to make sure you extend your arms through impact and finish your swing strong. If you stop your swing or try to control the club in any way, you will have trouble getting the proper right trajectory and distance as well.
Hitting a draw also looks great when you are standing there watching it, so you may as well finish strong!
Hitting A Draw With A Driver
Now that you know how to hit a draw; you may be wondering how this is changed when you go to a driver swing.
All of the above steps will still apply to hitting a draw with a driver, except you must make sure that your driver shaft is swinging a bit below the traditional swing plane.
If your driver gets upright at all, you will not be able to hit a draw. Another great thing to do with the driver in your hands is to visualize the draw as you swing. This will go a long way in making sure the club is doing what it is supposed to do.
Hitting A Draw With An Iron
When a golfer wants to hit a draw with an iron, they will still need to make sure they are swinging on a bit of an inside out path, but the club does not need to be quite as shallow as it is with a driver.
A draw with an iron will be slightly less pronounced than that with a driver, but it should give you a few extra yards with each of your swings.
Is It Easier To Hit A Draw or A Fade?
If you are intentionally hitting a fade or a draw, they are about equally as easy to hit.
If you are just allowing your golf swing to do what it naturally does, the fade is going to be more common. Most people tend to hit a fade because they release the club a little late, or they forget to release the ball completely.
Learning the fundamentals behind hitting a draw and what goes into the concept will help you correct a slice. Many people want to be able to hit both a fade and a draw so that they can attack pins on the course.
If there is a pin on the left side of a green, it is best for a golfer to hit it towards the center of the green and let it draw to the pin. If the hole is on the right side, then a golfer will hit it towards the center and let the ball fade in.
Having both of these shots in the bag allows players to be aiming for the center of the green. If they miss the fade or the draw, the ball could still end up in the center, which is not a bad result.
How Do You Hit A Draw Every Time?
We have explained how to hit a draw on command, but some golfers are looking to do this with every single swing. If you want to draw your standard golf shot, you will have to hit each shot from the inside out, with a slightly shallow plane.
This will take some practice, and if it is not natural for you, then it may not work for your game.
Take videos of yourself so that you can see where your club is in relation to the plane. Make sure that you are coming in slightly from the inside but that your clubface is square.
Now that you know how to hit a draw with driver, iron, or any club in your hand, it’s time to hit the course. Spend some time working on your draw while you are on the driving range.
The more you practice this feeling, the better chance you have of seeing the ball move from right to the left. Take a look at our guide on the inside out path so that you can understand what it takes to pull this all off.