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How To Hit A Draw With Your Driver

In this video, PGA Professional Jack Backhouse explains exactly what you need to do to hit a draw with your driver.

 

The driver is the hardest club in the bag to hit a draw with, yet the benefits of playing your drives with a draw on the golf course are enormous. In this video, PGA Professional Jack Backhouse details how to hit a draw with your driver.

Why so difficult?

There is a reason why Tiger Woods, the greatest ball striker and shot maker of our generation, exclusively hits fades with his driver.

As technology has advanced and drivers have become larger and spin less, draw shots have become more difficult to play because draws do not spin as much as fade shots, so bad shots can sometimes carry distance.

Also, due to a driver having less loft and, therefore, the clubface squaring up later in the swing, it can be harder to get the club face closed to the swing path and apply proper draw spin to the golf ball.

When we play our ball position forward in our stance in order to optimise our drivers for distance, this tends to move our club path more to the left of the target, which is the opposite of what we need to draw the golf ball.

Fortunately for us, despite these things, there are 3 ways we can help encourage a draw shot.

how to hit a draw with your driver

Close The Face

We all know that we need the club face closed to the swing path to hit a draw, so any draw fix starts here. There are multiple ways you can close the club face:

  • Strengthening your grip- having a stronger grip just means the club will be more shut through the whole swing, leaving you will less to do and think about.
  • Bow the wrist in the backswing. For right-handed golfers, bowing the left wrist shuts the face.
  • Release the club earlier. This is more of an in-swing idea and means you are going to turn the club face down earlier in the downswing.

Closed Shoulders

In order to hit a draw shot, the swing path needs to be in to out and to the right of the target for a right-handed player. For a left-handed player, it is out to the left of the target. What can help encourage this when drawing the ball is swinging down without turning your shoulders through the shot.

This may sound like an odd statement, but keeping the shoulders closed for longer in the downswing will help keep the swing path in to out and will force you to close the clubface at impact, producing that wonderful drawing ball flight. Most drawers of the golf ball usually have square to shut shoulders at impact, despite slightly open hips.

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Manage Your Spine Angle

Something that rarely is spoken about on this topic is the golfer’s spine angle.

A chronic slicer of the ball does a terrible job of maintaining a good spine angle, which means when they strike the ball, the spine is often vertical or even tilted towards the target.

In a perfect world, the spine angle should be away from the target at impact, which would put the golfer in a position where the trail shoulder is lower than the lead shoulder.

This position, combined with shoulders that are square to closed, will pretty much guarantee an inside swing path necessary to hit a draw shot.

Drill

The drill I use to get golfers hitting draws with their driver works pretty much every time. Be sure to watch the video at the top of the article to see me demonstrate it!

I like to get golfers to swing up to the top of the backswing and pause.

  • check that the lead wrist angle is appropriate and the club face is closed enough
  • slowly start the downswing by shifting the hip forward whilst keeping the head back
  • keep your back pointing towards the target and lower your arms until the club hits the ground. this is your ideal impact position
  • swing back up to the top of the swing
  • swing down and hit the ball, trying to feel and emulate the impact position you have just rehearsed
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Give these tips a try and let us know how you get on! If you want to keep up to date with Jack’s instruction you can subscribe to his YouTube Channel here, or keep watching our instruction page!

If you want to watch some more of Jack’s driving instruction videos, you can get to his YouTube Technique Tips playlist by clicking here. Please check out our other instruction articles if you liked this how to hit a draw with your driver video!

If you are interested in seeking further information from Jack that is more specific to your golf game, you can book an in-person or online golf lesson by clicking here.

Jack Backhouse

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Jack is a PGA Golf Professional who specialises in coaching, teaching golf to beginners and top-level amateurs for 10+ years. He also loves his golf equipment and analysing the data of the latest clubs on the market using launch monitors, specialising in blade irons and low-spinning drivers despite having a chronically low ball flight.

Although Jack has no formal journalism training, He has been reading What's In The Bag articles since he started playing at 12 and studying golf swings since his dad first filmed his swing to reveal one of the worst over-the-top slice swings he reckons has ever been recorded, which set him off on the path to be a coach. His favourite club ever owned was a Ping G10 driver bought from a local top amateur with the hope that some of the quality golf shots would come with it (they didn't), and worst was a Nike SQ driver he only bought because Tiger was using it.

Jack is a member of Sand Moor Golf Club and regularly gets out on the golf course to prepare for tournaments. Jack uses a TaylorMade BRNR Mini driver, a half set of TaylorMade P7MB irons, MG4 wedges and a TaylorMade TP Reserve putter.

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