Oh, the magical, elusive draw. Are you one of those many slicers out there just dreaming about hitting a draw one day? If so, I ask you this question … why?
A Long Time Ago
I remember when I was learning this game it was so cool to hit a draw. If you were a fader, you were a loser. Little did I know at the time, this cool shot I was hitting from right to left was actually a big pull hook but it did spin from right to left, so I was cool.
It also wasn’t clear at the time how much trouble I used to get into with this shot. Over-hooking the ball was commonplace. Hitting it out of the trees all day long was commonplace too. So, why did I keep trying to hit a draw? Simple … I wanted to be cool.
The New Mindset
It wasn’t until many years later that I realized scoring was much more important that being cool. With this new mindset, I stopped trying to draw the ball and went with hitting the ball straight or with a slight fade.
What made me give up on trying to hit this shot was when Jack Nicklaus referred to a fade as his “bread and butter” shot. What he meant was, this shot was so much easier to hit. Even if he wasn’t playing his best, he could always rely on a fade to get him around the course. At the time, I was so sick of being frustrated with a draw that this statement made a lot of sense. With this new mindset, the game became so much easier.
NOTE: Don’t get me wrong. All golfers should learn how to hit a draw because there are times when it will be beneficial to do so. I just don’t want you trying to hit a draw on every shot.
Why Do You Want to Hit a Draw?
You aren’t trying to draw the ball because it’s cool. You are trying to draw the ball because you feel it’s going to give you more distance. If you are currently slicing the ball, you think that gaining more distance is going solve all of your problems … or will it?
As much as you may think that hitting a draw is going to solve all of your problems, a draw has problems of its own. Here are a few:
1. There’s lots of trouble left because most holes are designed for left to right shots.
2. The ball will not stop as fast on greens (especially with long irons)
3. You need your “A” game to hit this shot consistently.
4. It’s harder to hit the ball from long rough.
So, as you can see a draw may not be the answer to your problems. So, what is?
Well, instead of trying to master the hardest shot in golf, why not just try to get the face a little more square? Even if the ball still fades a little, it will still go much farther than hitting a huge slice. Plus, this is goal you can actually achieve. In doing so, you will be in a positive frame of mind instead of being frustrated that you cannot draw the ball perfectly each time or over-hooking it.
To get the face a little more square, you just think about it a little differently. The thing is, even if the clubface was 20 degrees open at impact, it still wouldn’t be that hard fix.
Think about it this way, a tick on a clock is 6 degrees. To square the face (even if it was 20 degrees open), would mean that you would have to square it just over 3 ticks on a clock. Most people don’t have the face that much open at impact, so really, squaring the face would not even be 3 ticks on a clock. To get the face to
square, just do this drill:
All you have to do to roll your wrists over a little earlier is to take the club to the top of the backswing and stop. Allow the arms to gently come down to just before the right leg. Once the club is in this position, start rolling the right hand over the left. If you do, you will see the face closed or closing as it reaches impact. You will also notice that you can see that the back of your right hand has crossed over your left.
I realize that rolling the wrists this much may be over doing it but keep in mind that this is a drill and you are doing it very slowly. When you go to hit the ball for real, you will not roll it this much. I say this because from the top of the backswing to impact is approx. 1/4 of a second. With such little time, you will not roll it over too much and even if you do, you are no longer coming into impact with the face wide open which means you are no longer a slicer. So, overdo the wrist roll over in the drill knowing full well you will not do it that much in reality.
I realize that rolling the wrists over may be nothing new but doing it this way has you doing it slower than trying to roll them over at full speed. The problem with drills is that people usually do them a few times and stop doing them. A drill is designed to re-enforce a new move. This means you should keep doing it until you have mastered what you are working on.
So, the moral of the story here is to do the drill super slow to make sure the wrists are rolling over. Also, do the drill on the range, at home, on the course etc. until you no longer come through with the face wide open.
I understand that slicing the ball is frustrating and discouraging but trying to switch from a slice to a perfect draw is not the answer. Making this dramatic change like this will be very frustrating and discouraging.
The approach you should be taking is to reduce the amount you are slicing the ball. By doing so, you will gain more distance because the clubface is more square as it hits the ball plus making this change is so much easier than trying to master the hardest shot in golf. This means that you will minimize your frustration level and
actually create a positive frame of mind because you will be seeing some improvement in your shots.
Once you have reduce the amount of spin on your ball and you still feel that you want to learn how to draw it, then do so, but for now, just take it one step at a time.
All the best,