For the better part of my life, I was known for my tremendous fade. I played my fade to the best of my ability, playing the right side of the fairway to a mediocre mid 80’s round. I wanted to break 80 and wanted to know how to hit a draw. If I could hit a draw, I would get more distance and be more consistent. Determined to improve my swing, I read books such as “The A-Swing” and “The X-Factor Swing” in hopes of finding out how to hit a draw. None gave me what I was looking for until I found the swing system called the Stack and Tilt. Using parts of the system to adjust my swing, I went from a slice to hitting a nice little draw by the end of the summer. Consistent, accurate and longer, i was on my way to breaking 80.
How To Hit A Draw
The first thing I worked on to learn how to hit a draw was my address position. Using many of the ideas from the Stack and Tilt golf swing, i made 6 adjustments to my swing. The main issue with many golfers is that they start their swing with the incorrect setup. If you start off wrong you will most likely finish wrong. So I begin my making these slight adjustments at my address position.
#1 Shoulder Tilt
One of the common characteristics of consistent golfers is that at address they have a slight shoulder tilt with the right shoulder lower than the left. If you look at the picture above you can see the right shoulder lower than the left at address. This was important for me to exaggerate the tilt to make sure that on the downswing my right elbow stays lower than my left on the downswing. This is what some of the more consistent golfers do such as Moe Norman or Ben Hogan. By setting my shoulders early at address it helped me to keep them their through my downswing.
#2 Hands Pressed Forward
The second part of my setup that I focused on was pressing my hands forward. This closes the clubface slightly and again gets me to the proper position at the finish. I really tried to take as much movement in my swing out as possible by setting up similar to how i wanted to finish. Pressing the hands forward got me to the finish that most good golfers get to at impact.
#3 Weight Forward
This is the most important piece of learning how to hit a draw. You must keep your weight going forward. This keeps your golf swing simple and consistent. Every good golfer has their weight forward at impact. Those that slice the ball tend to not shift their weight back to their front foot at impact. Doing this will create an issue of the hands leading the body and a wicked slice. I found that by starting with my weight 65% forward at address, i was able to keep my hands back thus producing a draw. Notice in the picture below that at impact the weight is now 80% forward. Less movement in my swing helped me become more consistent.
#4 Hands In
Starting your swing by bringing your hands inside is one of the keys to producing that nice push draw. It also helps gain power. Just like a field goal kicker in football swings their leg inside and around their body so should you with your golf swing. Hands move inward toward your right hip. By doing this you are sure to produce an inside out swing. It also will create a flat swing path that is important in producing a nice draw.
#5 Short and Flat Backswing
As my hands went in I then focused on shortening and flattening my backswing. What this did for me was made my golf swing simpler and more consistent. It also kept me from coming over the top with my swing and helped create that inside to out swing path. Many might say that you lose power if you shorten your swing but that is not necessarily true. Look at golfer such at John Rahm or Matt Kucher who hit it a long ways yet have short and flat swings. With a short and flat swing you will find that a draw is much easier to hit.
Here are some drills to make the adjustment to a short and flat backswing.