The Draw is the first cousin of the hook. The ball starts its
flight either straight on the desired path, or slightly to the
right of it. Once in the air, however, the ball starts to curve
to the left (to the right, for lefties).
Draws are actually desirable shots, for two reasons. For one
thing, the spin on the ball can help it roll further down the
fairway, adding to your distance. And draws can be hugely beneficial
when playing a dogleg left; the ability to draw the ball can
be a huge help in keeping you on the fairway and out of the trees.
WHY IT HAPPENS
When you hit a desirable draw – one that curves slightly
but ends up where you want it – you’re hitting an
with an ever-so-slightly CLOSED club face and a square or ever-so-slightly
INSIDE OUT swing, which is generally due to a slightly CLOSED
STANCE. Hitting with a nice, square swing path and a more significantly
closed club face will create a more significant curve on the
ball, because the combination of square swing path and closed
club head is enough to create a significant counterclockwise
spin on the ball. This causes the ball to travel to the left
as it flies through the air.
HOW TO FIX IT
- Check your grip alignment
Your grip may be a little too WEAK. Grip your club and address the
ball. Notice the “vees” formed by the joint between
your thumb and forefinger on each hand? Those vees should point
directly to your right shoulder. If your grip is weak, the vees
point more towards your nose or even your left shoulder. Another
way to visualize this: if you’re a right-handed golfer, take
a look at your right hand. If the hand is rotated counterclockwise
around the shaft of the club, you’ll see three (or more)
knuckles – and the grip is weak.
- Check your alignment
Remember, a club laid across your feet should point to where you
want the ball to go. A line pointing to the left of desired direction
virtually guarantees an outside-in swing.