Golf Tips: Drills for a High Draw

By Steve Milano
Tee your ball forward and higher to hit a high draw.
Tee your ball forward and higher to hit a high draw.

During a round of golf, there are times when you'll want to hit the ball high and to the left or right, rather than straight. You may need to get over an obstacle or want more forward roll after the ball lands. Hitting the ball to the left, if you are a right-handed golfer, requires a hook, pull or draw, depending on how much curve you want on your ball. A draw curves your ball slightly from right to left, giving you a compromise between a more straight pull and a pronounced-curve hook. Elevating this shot will help you get safely over water, sand, hills or other hazards.

Set-Up Drill

Stand farther away from your ball to create an inside-to-outside swing path. Experiment with this stance on the driving range prior to trying it on the course, since standing too far from the ball can create a pronounced hook or pull. Stand far enough away to hit five balls as a hook, then close enough to hit five balls as a pull, then find the happy medium that lets you hit a draw.

Stance Drill

Place the ball farther forward in your stance. This will help create a more closed club face angle at impact. Hit five balls with your ball placed even with the heel of your front foot. Hit five more with your ball slightly more forward, then five more with the ball slightly behind your heel. Determine which of these three ball placements help you create a draw, then practice using that ball placement.

Club Face Angle Drill

Place your club behind the ball with the club face angle you want at contact. Former #1-ranked LPGA professional Lorena Ochoa recommends setting the club on the ground with the face pointing slightly to the left. Doing this will help you bring your club face back to that angle during the forward swing, helping create a draw without requiring a swing change. Try different starting angles, hitting five balls with each before changing to the next.

Tee Height Drill

Tee the ball higher than normal. This will allow your club head to get under the ball more by creating a more shallow swing path, rather than a severe, downward swing, according to professional golf instructor David Leadbetter. This will also help reduce the spin that creates a slice. Experiment with tee height prior to trying this on the course, since too high a tee placement can result in pop-ups. Hit five balls at different tee heights, until you reach a height that has you popping the ball up or sweeping under it.

Grip and Snap Drill

Hold a strong grip, with the palm of your lower hand facing upward forward than forward, and turn your forearms over slightly earlier during your forward swing. Doing these two things will help close your club face earlier. Practice five swings with different grips and turning your forearms at different times to gauge which works best.

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