The Basic Steps to Perfect Golf.

By Philip A Gorfett.

www.playperfectgolf.co.uk
Home Introduction Lesson 1 Lesson 2 Lesson 3 Lesson 4 Lesson 5 Lesson 6 Lesson 7 Lesson 8 Lesson 9 Lesson 10

 

Lesson 10 - Drawing the Ball. (Changed - 25/01/2015)


 

DRAWING THE BALL

The ability to create a draw shot is a big advantage when you are required to ball to gradually curve to the left, for example if you need to bend the ball around the corner of a dog leg hole or if you need to bend the ball around a tree that is directly in line to the target point.

To make a golf ball bend to the left, it requires the ball to leave the tee peg with a very fast anti-clockwise spinning motion.

Therefore to impart any sideways spin on the golf ball you need to alter the swing path of the golf swing so that the club head cuts across surface of the ball thus causing the ball to spin in a sideways motion.

Therefore the swing action that is required to create a draw shot is identical to the swing that is required to hit the ball straight. --The only difference is the way that you set up your body at the address position and the adjustment that you need to make to realign the club face.

 

The Set Up.

The set up that the golfer has to adopt in order to play a draw shot is identical to playing a straight shot, the only adjustment you have to make is to alter your stance so that the shoulders and the feet are aligned to a point that is to the right of the actual target point - this is called a closed address position.
(The target point is where you want the ball to stop.)

Because of the "closed" set up at the address position, most high handicapped golfers find it difficult to draw the ball.
This is because the golfer is actually facing slightly away from the target area, although only by a few degrees, but this psychologically affects the golfer and can lead to the head being lifted early so that the golfer can see where the ball is going.

 

Therefore to draw the ball, set up your body with the feet, the hips and the shoulders"Parallel to the Target Line" as if you are to play a golf shot that you intend to go straight.(The direction that you initially aim the ball.)

Look down at the area where your feet are placed and also look at the position of the ball on the tee peg,
You will notice that if you draw a line between your feet and then draw a line from the the ball to each of the feet, you will see that the three lines form a triangle.

Using the ball position as the pivotal point of the triangle and whilst strictly maintaining the distance between the feet and also the angles between the feet and the ball, shuffle the feet around the pivotal point of the ball to your left, until your whole stance is aligned slightly right of the target point.
( Imagine that you are standing on a revolving platform large enough to accommodate the ball and you- so to adjust your stance in order to draw the ball you would need to rotate the whole platform in an clockwise motion for a few degrees until your feet were aligned to the right of the target point.)

Your body position at this point will indicate that the feet, the hips and the shoulders are now aligned in the direction that is slightly to the right of the target area.

If you carried out your normal swing with out any adjustment to the club face, the ball would fly in the direction that your whole body is aligned, which is to the right of the actual target area. The only thing you need to alter is the alignment of the club face.

This is the correct set up in order to play a draw shot.


 

The Swing

Therefore as I have stated, the actual mechanics of the golf swing required to create a draw shot is exactly the same as if you were to hit the ball in a straight line - you do not have to make any adjustment to your swing.

The only adjustment that you need to make after you have adjusted your address position to create an closed stance, is to close the club face a few degrees so that club face is facing squarely to a point that is exactly between the point that your feet, the hips and the shoulders are aligned, and the actual target point you want the ball to land.

Once you have set up your body so that the feet, the hips and the shoulders are aligned to a point that is to the right of the actual target, this is the actual line that you must swing the golf club.

This swing path will cause the club face to be cutting across the ball at the point of impact thus creating a draw shot.

The whole swing process must be focused on swinging the club head through the contact area whilst the whole body is aligned "Parallel to the Target Line" which is this situation, is to the right of the actual spot you wish the ball to finish.

 

The other point to consider when drawing the ball is that when you select a golf club in order to play a draw shot you must allow for the fact that the club face of the club that you would normally choose to hit a ball a given distance will effectively be slightly de-lofted -- this means that the de-lofted club face will cause the ball to fly on a lower trajectory and therefore the ball will run further upon landing.

Therefore in order to compensate for the extra distance that the ball will travel you will need to use a club face that has a higher degree of loft.

 

So remember, the swing action that you must use to "draw" the ball, is identical to the swing that you learnt during in Lessons 4,5.6.

The only difference is that you must set up your body at the address position in order to alter the swing path so that the swing path of the club head cuts across the "Straight to the Target line" which imparts a sideways spin on the golf ball.

 

When you practice the swing in order to to draw the ball remember:-

1) To rotate the "Upper Body" (as taught in lesson 3)

2) Keep the head slightly behind the ball and also in the "Fixed Frontal" condition"

3) Watch the ball until the club head makes contact.


 

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