All Golfers regard the shot by three casual words hit a draw as the holy grail to master. The idea of the ball leaving the face a tad bit to the right, getting up to its apex and making a minuscule left turn as it moves closer and closer to the planned target is the type of ideas high handicappers wish for. Then reality takes it course. Each week amateurs go out to the range and face the terrifying reality that they only hit banana slices and push cuts.
Why is the draw such a difficult hit to create? The answer is simple — it's the failure of having accurate instruction on how to systematically advance toward the task.
We will begin with what we simply call The Grid.
Basically “The Grid” is your roadmap to hitting the golf ball with a draw. If you follow it and don't make any wrong turns, you will get to your intended destination. If you follow it and don't mess anything up, you will get to your appropriate destination. Before we go into The Grid let’s clearly explain what our destination is.
To hit a draw, physics tells us that two things must happen:
- The Path of the club must be moving some degree IN to OUT as it approaches the golf ball.
- The club face must be closed/shut to the path of the club.
Now let's examine how The Grid plays an important role in getting into our appropriate destination.
In the photo above you will notice we have a few lines and arrows placed directly on the practice tee using tape or ribbon and golf tees. An understanding of what these lines mean will improve your prospects of hitting that difficult draw, so let’s go over them.
Since golf is an “offline” sport, meaning we stand adjacent to the ball while making a swing and not directly in line with the ball, so we cannot technically swing “straight back and straight through.” So what you see here are two very important lines that make an arc. The arc furthest away from the golfer — represented by the green ribbon where the ball lays, and the yellow ribbon after the “strike zone” — is the club path. The arc closest to the golfer is the hand path. To make the club path move in and around, the hands need to also move in and around.
The next thing you will notice is the ball placement. There is a straight line running vertical to the very point the path of the club moves from in-to-out, to out-to-in. From there the ball is placed a few inches to the right, or back, of that point. As the ball placement moves further back it pre-sets the path more in-to-out. If the ball is placed in front of or to the left of the vertical white line, you are pre-setting a fade bias into your swing.
The final piece to this is the club face. It is important that we make sure the club face is closed to the path, or basically some-where between the path and the target line (represented by the red ribbon). This will get the ball started in an initial direction slightly right of the target and the path of the club will allow the ball to curve back to the left for a right-handed golfer.