HOW TO HIT A DRAW SHOT IN GOLF – PGA TOUR SWING TIPS


– Hello again I’m Adam Bazalgette down here at Naples, Florida. Two-Time PGA Teacher of the
Year award winner down here. Today’s subject, it’s one of interest to a lot of people I think. How to draw a shot in golf. Stay tuned. (upbeat energetic music) So, how to draw a shot in golf. It’s wonderful to see that
ball turn a little right to left in the case of the right hand. It can give you a little
more distance, potentially. I’m gonna show you a couple of things. Obviously there’s club
face angle and swing path, we’ll touch on those. We’re gonna camp a little on swing path, especially one I think least understood or least focused on, if you
like, element of swing path. If you like this video please
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every aspect of the game there. Let’s check it out. So as we look at our draw shot let’s just say a couple of things here. We’re not talking about a huge hook, and certainly if you’re
a less experienced player you can just kind of aim to the right and turn the face in,
that’s a possibility. We’re talking about the
deluxe kind of a shot where you have a nice square set up and you can get that ball
started just a little right with your swing, and just
draw it back a little bit and do it with some consistency. So, that’s kind of the deluxe model is what we’re shooting for here. Now, two things we
mentioned at the outset, it’s a combination assuming solid contact of swing direction, swing
path, and club face. The swing path has to
be right of the target, club face has to be left of the swing but not as far left as the target line. The ball has to start right so it can draw to the target line. Done a lot about that on other videos, we’re not gonna spend a
lot of time on that here. We are gonna look though at the swing path and the club face. Especially the swing path in this video, and I wanna touch on an area
that as I said at the beginning that I think is under
practiced, under taught. Hey listen, there’s a
lot that could happen to create a bad swing path or
create the wrong swing path. But we’re gonna focus on this one here and see if this helps you a little bit. And what I’m trying to get at, I’ll put a little magnet on the face, I’m using a six iron here, I’d like you to use something
in the middle iron category. Not easy to shape the ball with a wedge or something like that. But if I’m coming into impact, and if the handle of the
club is a little forward and just a little bit up,
not much, just a touch, it tilts the swing to the right. It shapes the bottom of the
swing out there to the right. We’re only talking a few degrees now, we don’t need 20 degrees. We’re talking a few degrees. And in order to do that at speed, you have to engage your lower body, and kind of squeeze and tuck your glutes. Let me show you a great player doing that. So I’ve chosen Tom Lehman he’s not the most conventional swinger, although a wonderful
player, won the British Open and nearly won the US Open. But he is one of the
biggest drawers of the ball in recent times on the tour, he really shapes that hole much
more than most tour players. So he’s kind of interesting to look at as he highlights what we’re talking about. And down he comes, and you can see the
handle pretty high there and you can just see it shaping the shot or it’s shaping the beginning
of the shot out to the right. And if you were to look say
at his address and his impact, again he really highlights, I’m not saying that this is just standard
for every tour player, but it accentuates what we’re looking at, and it really allows him to
kind of get that ball started out to the right, to allow it to turn a
little bit to the left. There he is, face on. Quality of video not quite as good but you can see, slides those
hips, head pretty still, and he keeps that handle in
front of the golf club there. And that’s what allows him to do this. Now I’m not saying in this video Tiger is hitting a big draw. He looks like he’s hitting a little bit of one there on that hole. But you’ll see that kind
of push of the glutes and that push underneath of his hips there that really accentuates
what we’re talking about. Okay so let’s work on it a little bit. First thing, take something
like a middle iron I have a six iron, I think it’s too difficult to curve a pitching wedge much, so go with something
five, six, seven iron. And of course, we’re gonna
start on a small scale, typically recommend that. So I’m gonna get set up, I’m
gonna feel that position here, where the handle’s forward and up, and I’m gonna make a fairly neutral swing. And you can see that ball
started out to the right of the white stick here. Let me just say couple of things here, I’m not a big fan when you’re starting to
learn to draw the ball, of whipping the club in or trying to get the club
miles from in to out. You can make the ball curve that way but you’re not gonna have any consistent, consistent control. So what we’re suggesting here, for a draw, which is a
small amount of curve and for consistency, a fairly neutral swing
plane, neutral mechanics. But down at the bottom, that’s
where we’ve gotta give it just that little tilt to the right. And as we show you in a minute, we’re gonna work the
club face a little bit. So let’s try that again. Put that right there. Now let me just say one
word about this hip tuck you saw on the pro swing there, it’s that but it isn’t
losing your body angle because its that done towards the target. So if you were sort of hitting a ball off your tummy there in soccer,
it’s that kind of a thing. You can keep your body
angles and still do this. So let’s try it again. And again my feeling is
I’m gonna tuck my tail and start the ball a
little more to the right. Now that started out to
the right a little bit actually drew back a fraction. Okay let’s take a look at the club face and how we can start to work on that. So let’s look a little
bit at the club face, now that we’ve got some sense
of how to get the club path out to the right, we’ve gotta
work the face a little bit. This is fairly subtle, but
you’ve got to work the face in a fashion that de lofts
it and turns it that way. So many people, when they’re
trying to get the club closed have this whipping, chaotic
kind of a move of the club that does a couple of
things you don’t want. Number one, frequently it
scoops that wrist or cups it, that scoops the club more
than actually closes it. That doesn’t do you any good. And secondly, let’s look from
this angle for a second again, if that club starts to whip
past the hands like that, it starts to circle left the whole thesis here is the handle needs to be forward to keep the path at that critical moment of the swing going a little to the right. So you’ve gotta learn to close the face while
keeping the handle forward, and that just means turning
it a little bit this way. Let me show you a great
player in action again. So this is Gary Woodland, one of the premier ball hitters on tour. Just kills the ball, big guy. Now watch as he comes in,
he’s squaring the club face up but look at the back of that glove here, look how it’s really
rotating towards the ground. It’s rotating the loft a
little bit off the club and he’s able to square it in, but still keep that shaft
beautifully leaning forward. He doesn’t let that
club whip past his hands and that is just a fabulous,
fabulous squaring of the club. And look how that left hand works under, but there’s no whip or scoop of the left hand as he goes through there. Okay so club face, we’re
getting a feel for it here. Just push the handle forward
like we’ve talked about and turn it in a little bit. Acquire the feel up here in front of you, that’s whatever that is to you that’s what that needs to feel like. And then practice it here,
handle forward, turn it in, start to put some little shots in there and you’ll get the feel for it. Let’s change angles and have
a look from down the line. Okay so I’ve got my magnet
back on just to demonstrate and again I’m trying to get
my swing aimed a little right and the face aimed just a
little bit left of that. Now, I’ve said this before in my videos, if you watch any of my videos. You have to feel this
stuff out for yourself, and you can do it. It’s not that difficult but it does take some time to practice it to where you can do it the kind of amounts you’re looking for. Obviously in this case, we’re not trying to hit a giant hook, so it takes a little
bit of time to feel it and you have to play around with it. So I’m gonna try my first
attempt on a modest scale, and I’ll kinda preset my
impact a little bit this way. And I’m just gonna turn the face in even a little bit at address, relative to where I’m trying to swing, and try to feel it that way. And that actually did have
a nice little draw coming back there as it came in that way. So, that was pretty good, and then I would emphasize
it with overturning the face, not turning enough, hit a few
pushes, et cetera, et cetera. There’s just no shortcut folks, you gotta feel stuff out a little bit. It’s not that difficult. And once you start to get good at it on a fairly small pace like
this, add some speed back in, and as I say don’t forget to
come back to the small scale. Get your skill sets toned in again, then back to the big scale. And before long, you’re gonna have a great handle on this shot, I’m confident. Well I hope that gives you some insights in how to draw a shot in golf, and I hope you’re gonna go out and play with these things a little bit and get some success with them. Scratchgolfacademy.com’s my website, that’s where all our content is, that’s where the courses
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29 comments

  • Great video Adam on how to draw a shot in golf. BTW where can I get one of those magnet things you put on the face.. looks like it might be helpful. Thanks!

  • dear Adam, what I really like about you videos is bringing the base instruction and, thats what is the added value, the message that one has to experiment to find your own "swing way".
    I would appreciate some tips on how one can use e.g. a draw / fade in course management..
    thanks for all the good stuff….

  • Hi Adam. I would like to that you so much. I done a ton of your drills at the range by my house but never actually played on a golf course. My first 9 hole course was in Hilton Head on the Pga course. I shot a 56 on a 36 par for my first time ever playing. That's really bad but I think that's pretty good for my first time ever playing 9 holes and again it was on the PGA course in Hilton Head.

  • Hi Adam, you are by far my favourite Golf Youtube channel, you have really made a difference to my game because you break things down and explain each step like no one else can 🙂 I only wished I lived closer so that I could get lessons in person from you haha . Thanks for yet another amazing high quality Golf lesson.

  • Great tip Adam of drawing iron play. 👍🏻any chance doing a tip on fading pls👏

  • bad lesson for left handed golfers

  • 3 months Ago I was a 24 handicap. now I am a 16 because of you. thx!

  • Adam this is a dangerous video for a recovering snap hooker that has been sober for a year now. I tried not to watch this but your content has been great I couldn't resist.

  • I like your style of teaching and when you use a example player you slow the move down so I can see it and feel it thank you I'm now subscribed by the way whee are you from? do I detect a little bit of Rory Thanks again. Don Mooney

  • Woww that's why my divot goes left!!! Thank you so much

  • Hey very nice videos. Why do you prefer this method to simply align the body where you want to start, swing in that direction and point the club face where you want to finish? It allows you to make a bigger draw or fade?

  • Love the way you explain things !!!
    Makes it all seem so clear

  • Patrick Buckley

    Fairplay, I didn't really give you a chance but after watching this video you've helped me massively, I've seen videos from Mark Crossfield, Rick shiels etc etc and couldn't really grasp the "draw" shot but I have with you……..I'm no Dustin yet but to see my first proper draw which I played for today was great and it's sunk in. The one key point which is the best point and I've only seen you say this "small scale first" IT WORKS. Thankyou very much, Patrick from U.K Wales

  • love his videos. I take a lot of lessons, and i think to really draw it, one needs to fork out the money and get a certified pga instructor to help. You do things in your swing that no youtube video instructor can see. i highly recommend learning from these videos the Theory of drawing. But without a proper good instructor watching you, you will never know what you do that keeps you from drawing. Get a lesson!!!!

  • Fantastic videos Adam, in my view, you are an excellent golf instructor, You seem to make it so uncomplicated, I can see I will have to subscribe soon, very really helpful stuff, Thank you, Brad Melbourne Australia.

  • What is the advantage of this method versus the "aiming to the right etc…"

  • Great instructions. To those of us watching, I'd recommend a camera behind you to compare what you're taught in the video to what you're doing swinging and imitating Adam in this video. It's not easy getting a swing plane correct when you can't see yourself.

  • your videos are amazing sir!

  • You hit the ball so pure. In all of your videos. The sound of impact is so good.

  • I can tell you from experience that what you are showing is not going to work and indeed it's going to fail badly. In fact if you look at what Lehman is doing at 2:55–3:05, he's doing the exact opposite of what you're saying. You are talking about the clubface angle to the shot line and ignoring the fact that his body is closed and the relation of the clubface with his hands at impact. Yes he's "hitched-up" a little but he's still closed to the ball and he's whipped his wrists & accelerated the clubface while swinging inside to out so that at impact his club is with his hands, the face is neutral to target ("a few degrees closed" seriously it's pointed at target & you are hair-splitting) & the swing is dramatically in to out. Your method is going to end with a cut-shot whose severity depends on how late the players' hands are, not a powerful draw with a nice driving arc to target and an extra 30-50 yards on the shot.

    Biggest problem here is that you not relying on the video to prove the point, you're trying to talk through the video. If you'd just watch what Lehman is doing instead of trying to tell people what he's doing, you'd see this very clearly. The video speaks for itself. All you can do is get the message right or wrong and here you got it wrong. By the way Tiger undoubtedly hit that shot right. His swingline was very clearly out to in with a neutral clubface at impact. There is no way that he got a fade on that shot. But the only way to know for sure would be to see the entire shot, not just the first 10ms of it.

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  • You are an amazing coach. But I'm guessing you don't need me to tell you that. ha.

  • Does this not require a swing from farther inside? In your Lehman example, his arms look much closer to his hips than a normal swing & that's why the body has to move forward to allow enough room for the club to come from the inside. If you aim your body to the line you want the ball to start, keep the face square as if you were hitting a straight shot & swing the direction your body is aimed, will that also cause a draw? Thanks.

  • Another video from Adam where I'm basically inspired by how articulate he is, and how his explanations are so much better executed, and easier to understand than 99% of what you see on youtube. #fact

  • Great video. I'm in the process of re-discovering the natural draw shot I had when I played as a kid and the tip about 'tucking your tail' was both funny, and helpful. Will be trying this at the range next time.

  • Adam- when I work on getting the hands in front of the ball at impact, many times I shank the ball right. What would cause that? I don’t have an over the top swing, but am somehow still coming across the ball.

  • Hi, thanks for this, but could you also explain the placement of the ball as regards to stance? Conventional wisdom is have the ball back a bit.

  • Okay, I have been trying to learn a draw for last few weeks now. I have read, and watched other videos and for some reason I just couldn't wrap my head around the swing path and target lines. The magnet on the club helped so much in just simple visualization. I think I finally understand! Now, lets see if I can actually try it out.

  • Bullshit! He hit the barrier!

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