How to Hit the Golf Ball As a Draw

By Jim Hagerty
Play the ball back in the stance to promote a draw.
Play the ball back in the stance to promote a draw.

A draw is a shot that starts at one side of the fairway and draws in toward the center. Professional players often rely on the draw to gain extra yards, work the ball around doglegs and increase roll. Hitting a draw can be slightly challenging, but the shot can be mastered with a few tips and repetitious practice.

Slightly widen your stance as you address the ball. This will give you a stronger position as you make your swing. Your feet should be slightly wider than shoulder-width. Concentrate and keep your weight on the balls of your feet without leaning forward. Standing taller will also promote a draw, depending on your natural swing.

Adjust your setup so the ball is slightly back in your stance. The ball should be about an inch back from the center of a normal center setup. For shorter clubs, some players like to play draw shots off the big toe of their back foot. Depending on your swing, this might be suitable. Experiment with each club until you find a comfortable position.

Rotate your setup so you are aiming slightly to the right of your target. Depending on your normal swing and the way you commonly set up, about 5 to 10 degrees to the right is a good range to rotate. Keep your feet wide and the ball toward your back foot.

Strengthen your grip in your left hand. To strengthen your grip, position the grip so the club is secure in your fingertips and the "V" made by the base of your forefinger and thumb is pointed inward toward your stomach. Adjust your grip accordingly as you make shots.

Bring your club back slowly along the width of your stance. Concentrate on making a wide, sweeping swing. You will want to slightly come over the top of the shot slightly but not too much, to avoid a pull or straight hook. Practice with a bucket of balls, hitting a few shots with each club, starting with your wedges and working to your woods and driver.

About the Author

Jim Hagerty is a writer and journalist who began writing professionally in 1996. He has had articles published in the "Rock River Times," "Builder's Journal" and various websites. He earned a Bachelor of Science in public relations and journalism from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

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