HOW TO HIT A DRAW
By Malcolm Joseph - Senior Instructor DLGA with the assistance of DLGA student - Sam Fu
Learning to shape the ball is an extremely important aspect of the game. No matter which golf course you play around the world you will always need to shape your ball flight to play your best. Whether it be to shape the ball back to the fairway - as in this article - or to hold the ball against the wind or to shape the ball to a pin placement in the corner of the green; it is necessary to learn how to make the ball draw and fade.
DLGA student Sam Fu, from Beijing, has been at the academy for two years. Sam has not only worked on improving his technique during his time here, but has also learned how to shape his ball flight. In this blog, with the help of pictures, Sam will demonstrate how to draw the ball.
By definition a draw is a golf shot in which the ball begins its flight to the right of the intended target and during its flight curves back to finish at its intended target. Here in picture 1 we can see that Sam intends to curve the ball around the tree in front of him and have the ball finish back on the fairway. In order to do so he has aligned his body right of his intended target, but has continued to aim the clubface at his intended target, therefore closing the clubface to his body alignment. Picture 2 shows that Sam has also moved the ball farther back in his stance which helps to hit a draw.
The only thing that Sam then needs to make sure in his swing is that his swing path travels along his body line or as picture 3 shows from inside the outside through the impact area. Sam should also feel that he releases the toe of the club so allowing the clubface to rotate gently closed as he swings through the ball. All these factors will allow the ball to initially start to the right of the target and draw around the tree back to the fairway.
Remember to practice this shot or any shot before trying it in a tournament. What you'll find at first is that you can draw the ball but may find it difficult to control how much or how little it draws, practice adjusting your body and your clubface until you achieve the desired amount of draw on your shots.
Malcolm Joseph has been with the David Leadbetter Golf Academy organization since 1994 and is currently a Senior Instructor at DLGA at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. From Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, Malcolm has worked around the world as a DLGA instructor. He spent time as a DLGA instructor in both England and Portugal and was Director of DLGA Austria and DLGA China.
Zhongyang "Sam" Fu, a 2010 graduate, was the winner of the 2007 Pepsi Little People's Championship and the 2007 FJT at Rio Pinar Championship. In his time at DLGA (since 2007) Sam has had 12 Top Ten finishes in tournaments around the United States. He works with Senior Instructor, Malcolm Joseph.