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How to Hit a Draw in 3 Simple Steps

how to hit a draw

There’s a way for you to learn how to hit a draw in 3 simple steps.

I want to tell you all about it, so read on…

Steve asked this same question about his game, and I think you can relate as well:

I struggle to hit a consistent draw, and a lot of the holes on my golf course are shaped right to left, which require a draw shot.  I try rolling my wrist at the bottom of my swing to hit the draw.  This leads to hooks and inconsistent shots.  How can I hit a consistent draw?

In order to get your draw more consistent, there are 3 things that you absolutely must do:

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First Step

I would like you to picture a clock face. The target or flag is going to be twelve o’clock. This is where we want to ball to finish.

 

  How to Hit a Draw Clock

Second Step

We know from the ball flight laws that the ball primarily starts where the club face is aimed at the time of impact.  In order to hit a consistent draw, I want you to aim the club face at one o’clock.

 

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This is where we want the ball to start when hitting the draw. Every time you hit a draw, the ball must start to the right of our destination,  then curve back to the left.

Third Step

The path of the club needs to travel to the right of where the club face is aimed at impact, in order for the golf ball to curve back to our target, which is at twelve o’clock.

What I would like for you to imagine is pointing your club face at one o’clock, standing parallel to where the face is aimed.  Then, on your downswing, I would like you to imagine the path of the club is getting thrown out to right field  –  or out to two o’clock.

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Bringing It All Together

So at impact you have a club face pointing at one o’clock, and a club path that is traveling toward two o’clock.

This is a perfect recipe for the ball to curve back to the flag.

I never want you to feel that you have to roll your wrist and shut the face down to get the ball to curve.  Because remember what I said earlier: the ball will start where the face is aimed.

If you shut the face down with your wrist at impact, the ball will start where the face is aimed, which would be left of your target.  If your path is going out to the right your ball will begin to hook even more.  Don’t do this!!

Practicing the Draw on The Driving Range

Now that you have a better understanding of how to hit a draw, let’s talk about how you can practice this the next time you go to the driving range and what I want you to be thinking.

 

  • Find your target, which is twelve o’clock
  • Aim your face at one o’clock
  • On your downswing, imagine you are swinging your club out to two o’clock

 

You should not feel you are rolling your wrist through impact, use the path to curve the golf ball NOT the face. Now that you have worked on the proper feel needed to hit a draw on the driving range, let’s talk about taking it to the golf course.

Let’s Take The Draw to the Golf Course

On the golf course, this concept is not going to be as extreme or exaggerated as our previous example on the driving range.

What you have practiced on the range is designed to help you have a better understanding of how to hit a draw.

We are still going to point the face where we want the ball to start and continue to swing the path to the right of that.  Most of the time when we are on the course we generally hit a 3-5 yard draw.

Watch this video as I explain how to hit a draw in more detail…

To Recap How to Hit a Draw…

The draw is a great shot to have and some of the top players in the world call this their “go-to” shot under pressure. Follow these 3 simple steps learn how to hit a draw…

  • Pick your target
  • Aim the face where you want the ball to start
  • Swing your path to the right of it

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  • Tom Killeen October 7, 2014, 8:36 am

    Hi Sean,
    Great tip and video, with the way to draw explained and demonstrated in simple and easy to understand terms.
    I have understood the principle involved in drawing the ball, however, I have not been able to achieve the required results consistently.

    I have been aiming the club to the target rather than one o’clock and as of tomorrow I will try your method.

    Thanks for the help
    Tom
    Australia

  • Eddie October 28, 2014, 10:32 am

    Hi Sean
    My question is does this set for a draw apply to woods and driver?
    Great video by the way simple and clear instructions.
    Eddie

    • Sean McTernan November 24, 2014, 6:58 pm

      It does Eddie, the general principles apply across the board. If you play a few times a month this is going to help you. If you are a tour player I would get a lot more in depth, I’d be factoring in your angle of attack etc, but this will work for all clubs. Remember the more loft on the club, the harder it will be to curve. There is no need to be hitting 5 yard draws with a wedge.

  • Geoff April 14, 2015, 6:55 am

    Hi,

    I almost always hit a fade and sometimes straight, but never a draw. This works OK as I keep up with my peers in driving distance and more often than not hit the fairway (60%)ish. However, I never hit a draw which I would definitely would like to do when required.

    What club do you recommend to use at the driving range to start practising your methodology? I have ben advised the lower the loft the easier it is to hit a draw.

    Kind regards
    Geoff

    • Sean McTernan April 20, 2015, 4:09 pm

      Hi Jeff,

      Thanks for your comment. If the fade works, and you’re hitting it far enough to compete… I’d encourage you to stick with it. It’s great to have the draw shot, but I’d only use it to help you get out of trouble… e.g. trying to hit around a tree.

      I feel and 3 wood is easier to shape right-to-left V’s a driver, but the more loft you have like a 9 iron for example, the harder it will be to shape either way.

      Check out the “how to hit a draw video” and try to use the imagery I have explained in the video. To hit a draw you must have a club path that is traveling to the right of where you want your ball to finish. Place an object close, but the the right or the target line, which will encourage you to swing the club a little right of the target line. Aiming a little right of your target with your body will also help create the correct path for a draw. Make some swings and avoid the head cover/object. Once the path is consistent, make sure the face is in a position that will start the ball where you want. This may involve some face manipulation, but in time you’ll marry the two together and get the desired relationship you need.

      Let me know if you need anything else

  • Roy June 9, 2015, 4:45 pm

    On your video for a consistent draw what would be your ball position realitive to your feet?

    • Sean McTernan July 29, 2015, 12:43 am

      depends. 7i-sw would be middle of the stance for stock shots. 6,5,4 etc it will start to move slight up in your stance i.e. a little closer to the heel of your lead foot. Hybrids, 5w, 3w will be slightly closer to the the lead heel. The driver will be placed opposite the lead heel

  • Ted June 20, 2015, 3:44 pm

    This is great, thanks Sean!

  • John July 17, 2015, 2:54 am

    Great video Sean. My only questions is when I try a 2 o clock swing path my club face also ends up facing that way and not 1 o clock as per set up. How do I keep club face square to 1 o’clock when I try to swing further right ? Any tips ? Also if we limit rotation of arms how do we get club face square? Thanks

    • Sean McTernan July 29, 2015, 12:38 am

      try to feel like the toe of the club is beating the heel back to the ball for a while. Hopefully this well start the ball on your intended starting like. Remember if the ball is starting too far left… you have overcorrected

  • Steven Lee August 5, 2015, 12:17 pm

    This is great advice. However, whenever I try this with my irons I really struggle not hit it fat by dropping the club behind the ball. I put this down to coming too inside and getting a bit trapped. Is this ‘normal’ or am I doing something terribly wrong.
    Thanks.
    Steven

  • Jim August 15, 2015, 3:26 am

    If I point my club to 1 o’clock and tureen my body that way am I really pointing my club at one or just changing my target?

  • Wayne September 18, 2015, 1:08 am

    I tried to do what you said, and it makes perfect sense but when ever I try it the ball goes towards 2 oclock and stays there. It doesn’t hook to the center it goes way right. More of a push then a slice. What am I doing wrong.

    Wayne

  • Noel January 30, 2016, 8:44 pm

    Hi. Wayne asked a question about hitting out to 14h00 and the ball stays there. It doesn’t curve back or draw to center. I have same problem . also, should your feet be pointing to 12h00 or 13h00..? Thanks.

    • Sean McTernan January 31, 2016, 3:52 pm

      Noel, thanks for your question. This video is a huge exaggeration of what actually happens in reality. I was trying to help the audience visualize what must happen in order to hit a draw shot. You really only need to hit a 3-5 draw on a golf course. If your ball is starting at 14:00 then this is too far right. For a the ball to draw back to the target based on this starting line is going to be very difficult.

      Here is what I would suggest for you to hit a draw with an iron. Aim the club face 3-5 yards right of the target, aim your body 6-10 yards right of your body. Swing along your body line and try to return the club face to where you aimed it at address. This will see the ball start where your aimed the face, and the alignment with your body will help create a path traveling right as well and this will produce the draw shot.

      Let me know how this works.

      • sybrand March 1, 2016, 9:05 am

        you mean probably: aim your body 6-10 yards right of target. not right of body?

        • Sean McTernan March 1, 2016, 10:08 am

          Aim club face 3-5 yards right of the target, aim your body 6-10 yards right. Swing along your body line and deliver the club face back to the same position it was was at address for impact.

          • sybrand March 1, 2016, 10:40 am

            ok.thanks. you might correct that in your answer to Noel, above

  • David March 1, 2016, 10:34 am

    For a draw should I:
    1 Aim directly at target
    2 Change grip on club to slightly close the face
    3 Now aim body to the right such that club face now points to the right of target
    and thus the body faces a bit more right
    4 Execute a normal swing along this path
    5 Sometimes (!) works perfectly

  • Billy June 28, 2016, 4:48 pm

    Clear and concise! Thank you.

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