Jeff Diehl

Draw shots can be used on nearly every hole played, and in fact may even be a way to cure that dreaded slice.  

This particular shot is simple to master, but like any other shot, it will take time and patience to develop the proper golf swing technique for a draw shot.

Begin by adjusting your stance to a wider position, while playing the ball slightly back center. Your body aim stays squared, but you shift the position of your aim to the right of your target.  

Each golfer has a different comfort zone for the degree he’ll wish to turn his body. Once you have completed positioning your stance, it is common to aim your club face to the right of the target as well, but this is wrong.  

Aim the club face directly at the target, as your stance and altered grip will help guide your ball’s draw.

The grip of the club poses the largest challenge for most golfers while hitting a draw shot.

A strong-grip light-grip combination is needed, and this type of hold calls for the golfer’s right hand being gripped tight while the left hand is loose (for right-handed golfers).  In essence, you should be allowing your right hand to overtake your left hand upon impact with the ball.

Your swing stays normal, with the subtle difference of bringing your club back a little lower and wider, but still along the line of your feet.  

You also may want to make any adjustment needed to keep your swing flat, as this will help with the draw.

It is imperative that prior to taking your draw shot, you make sure to aim your body to the right of the target while maintaining your club position centered to the target.  

Once you have mastered the position and the grip, take your normal swing in a sweeping motion that runs along your body line.

These tips should help you master the draw shot. After practicing the draw shot, it should become a wonderful addition to your game. In fact, when you do it correctly, you will not only impress yourself but your playing partners as well.

Editor’s Note: Jeff Diehl is head golf professional at the Dye Club at Barefoot Resort and a Carolina Forest resident.

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