Creating a Draw is a shot which presents a challenge to a huge number of golfers, especially from the tee. I spent much of my early life as a Pro playing Pro-Am events and I could guarantee at least 1 of my amateur team would ask “how can I hit a Draw?” If you want to change your shot shape you must first understand the elements which control the ball. The laws governing the flight of the ball and why we hit certain shots are too large a subject for this short blog however you should consider the following points.
Firstly, strike on the ball is critical. Poorly struck shots cannot effectively be controlled and so an accurate strike should be your first priority. Assuming you have a solid strike, the simple way to think of ball flight is that the Club Face determines where the ball sets off and the Swing Path controls curve through the air. To create a Draw curve you need an inside-out Swing Path and this week’s video shows you a key position in the swing crucial to creating this Path.
The Delivery Position is something I work on with many players. It directly influences Impact and by rehearsing the Delivery Position you can quickly improve both the strike on the ball and its flight. Try this in your next couple of practice sessions or rounds and see what happens to your ball flight. I would love to hear how you get on.
The Players Championship is one of the great weeks in golf. All the best players at an iconic venue make’s for a great tournament. Having been lucky enough to play the course several times I am amazed at the shots I see the best in the world play. Sawgrass is the ultimate test of strategy and course management and it is the hardest course around the greens I have ever seen. Nothing I have seen in the UK even comes close to the test it presents. My last visit I watched a good friend and +1 handicap player shoot +12 48 for the front 9, he almost walked in complaining the course was just too difficult. Only the lure of the 17th kept him going. The 17th is obviously the most famous hole and although only a short iron the tee is a daunting place to stand. As you can see in the photos included below the green is smaller than it looks on TV and you can appreciate just how severe the undulations in the greens are. As Sergio Garcia proved it is the ultimate “Death or Glory” golf hole.
The deadline for entering the HowDidiDo National Matchplay is almost upon us. If you haven’t already done so you can enter now through the HDiD homepage and you could join me at the finals for an amazing week’s golf in Portugal.
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