How To Hit A Draw?
Golf players of all experience and levels of skill often consider the shot that is described by 3 familiar words: “hit a draw” as a significant goal to achieve. The idea of a golf ball that lightly leaves the face to the right, then gets up to the apex and makes a minor left-hand turn when it is moving closer to the aiming target is what many high handicappers always dream. However, reality strikes them savagely. Every week, amateur players go out to the course or the range and have a nightmare over their push cuts or banana slices.
So why it is so seemingly challenging to make a draw? The answer is really simple, it is due to a lack of accurate instruction on how to resolve the task systematically. To deal with this issue, we come up with what simply called The Grid.
In general, “The Grid” is a roadmap that helps you hit a draw with your golf ball. If you do not make any significant errors and follow this technique strictly, you will achieve the planned goal. Before we learn about The Grid, let’s define clearly what the destination will be.
To perform a draw, there are 2 things that need to happen at the same time:
- 1. The club face should be shut or closed to the path of the golf club.
- 2. The path of the golf club should move some degrees out to in when it is approaching the ball.
Now let’s dive into the essential role of The Grid in helping us to the intended destination.
Most of us know that golf basically is an offline sport, which means that we stand next to a golf ball while performing a swing and not in direct line with this golf ball, so technically, we could not swing straight through and straight back. For this reason, we should prepare a few arrows and lines that are directly placed on the practicing tee by using ribbon or tape and golf tees.
More specifically, there should be 2 important lines which create an arc. The arc that is close to the golf player is the hand path, while the arc further away from the golf player - represented by a yellow ribbon after the hitting zone and a green ribbon where the ball rests - is the club path. To make a club path move around and in, the hands also need to move around and in.
The next element you need to set up is the placement of the golf ball. There should be a straight line that runs vertical to the point of the golf club and moving from out-to-in to in-to-out. From here, the golf ball is put a couple of inches to the back or right of that point. When the golf ball placement moves farther back the pre-sets, the path should move in-to-out. When the golf ball is put to the left or in front of the vertical white line, then you are presetting a fade bias to your golf swing.
The final factor to this technique is the club face. It is essential to make sure that the clubface is next to the path, or ideally somewhere between the target line (the red ribbon) and the path. This would get the golf ball started in the initial direction lightly right of the target. Also, the path of the golf club will let the ball curve back to the right for a left-handed golf player and the same for a right-handed golf player.
A great way to practice the grid is to physically place some golf clubs or alignment rods on the ground, then set up as though there was a ball there. After that, hover the golf club above the stick and begin to trace hip-height, small swings on the grid. It is important to correct your slice by seeing the grid in action and visualizing how it works.