In golf a draw is the name of the trajectory that sees the ball starting outside of the target line after impact but curling in and finishing at the target. For right-handed players it means that the ball shoots right initially only to curl left in the air and land on target. In contrast to a hook a draw is not considered a golf shot error since the ball will land on the target even though the ball flight was not straight.
There are several instances where you would want to draw the ball.
Some golfers have a natural draw swing and do well to work with it rather than fight it. Other times, you may need to curl the ball around a tree or a hazard in order to improve your odds of a successful shot. Otherwise, skilled players may want to hit a draw as a result of wind conditions, choosing to draw the ball into the wind in order to tame its effect on the ball. Finally, the hole location on a particular green may better welcome a draw shot that would see the ball rolling left after landing.
Follow these steps in order to hit a draw. For the reverse ball flight, head over to our tips on how to hit a fade.
*Note that the draw tips below do in fact account for the “New Ball Flight Laws”
Open your Clubface so it is Aiming Right of the Target Slightly
As you do, make sure to open the clubface so that the clubface is pointing to the right of the target, slightly. Indeed, for a shot to go from right to left in the air the ball must first leave the clubface towards the right, at least initially.
And the factor most important in the initial direction of the golf ball is the line of the clubface.
Close your Stance, so Clubface is Closed to Swing Path
The second step that you’ll make is to close your stance.
That means that instead of positioning your feet in a parallel to the target line direction you want to rotate your stance so that your feet point right of the target instead. Specifically you’ll want to close your stance until the line of your feet crosses the clubface line. When you do, your clubface (set in the previous step) will be open in relation to the target line but it will be closed relative to the stance line.
The fact that the stance and clubface are not aligned is what will produce the sidespin that we are looking for. And the setup proposed here is the one that will produce a right-to-left spin typical of a draw.
Failing to tweak your stance setup could produce a push, a straight ball flight that misses the target right.
Swing along your Feet for an Inside-Out Swing Path
As you do, you need to make sure that you swing along your body as you would normally. That means that you’ll swing in what will feel as being towards the right of the target. Don’t try to correct for the fact that your feet are aligned to the right of the target.
Swinging along this inside-out swing path is exactly what you need in order to produce a draw ball flight.
A Draw Will Fly Lower and Roll More
Generally speaking, draws tend to fly lower than normal straight shots (or fades).
Additionally, draws tend to produce shots that see the ball roll a longer distance upon landing.
The explanation for both is found in the fact the effective loft of the club is reduced while setting up. Indeed, seeing a clubface that is closed to the swing path effectively reduces loft in the club. And a shot that travels lower – as a result of reduced loft – will invariably tend to roll more upon landing than one that travels higher (all other things being equal).