How to Hit a Draw Effectively


Learning the steps required on how to hit a draw can be crucial to producing a consistent shot. In this game you're always striving for consistency and in order to attain a consistent draw you are going to need to know how a draw shot happens and the setup for it.

The golf draw is described as a shot that will start right of the intended target and curve back towards the target.

Golf instruction over the past couple of decades has taught golfers that in order to hit a draw the path is the deciding factor and it needs to be inside to out. That is only partially the truth.

What needs to be understood first and foremost is that path is only a small percentage of the equation.

The club path only accounts for about 15% of a golf ball's starting direction. The other 85% is dictated by club face angle. These numbers can be found on TrackMan page 2 of their newsletter.


The following picture of Joe Ozaki will demonstrate:


how to hit a draw


With the face angle being the deciding factor of a ball's starting direction you will notice that the ball started 85% toward the face at impact and then due to the path being further right of the face angle at impact there was a draw back towards the target. After understanding these crucial pieces on how to hit a draw one should look next at the factors that help setup for a draw.


These factors are:

  • Club path inside to out

  • Face angle open to the target line but closed to the path

  • Right foot is pulled back just slightly
  • Ball Placement is in the middle to back of stance
  • Hips slide in the downswing
  • Club shaft is leaning towards the target


Using these factors at setup will greatly increase the likelihood of hitting a draw. Positioning the ball slightly further back in the middle of the stance forces the player to hit the ball on the backside of the arc, which in turn is the cause of a draw.

To demonstrate the setup and give a picture this will help:


golf dra


The purple dot is known as low point, which is the point where the club reaches maximum length.

The blue arc is the swing path while the club path is the direction the clubhead was moving at impact.

By placing the ball in the middle of the stance it increases the chances of the clubface making contact on the back side of the arc which means the path will be to the right of the target line.

Be sure to check out the d-plane for more detailed explanations concerning how to hit a draw and other ball flights.

Follow these tips and hitting a draw will be at the fingertips.


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