By Troy Klongerbo, USGolfTV
Every week, TV coverage airs the world’s best players. We all watch as they hit these incredibly majestic shots. With new technology like the ProTracer, it’s grown our envy.
Think about a high, Rory McIlroy draw, one that turns from right-to-left, right down the middle of the fairway.
Here's a video to enjoy (with a couple of fades, sorry!):
Why can't we hit shots like that?
There’s a general gap in talent between the game’s elite and us. That’s unequivocally true. But despite this, there are things we can do to help us hit more draws on the golf course.
And it doesn’t require a week at a Hank Haney school, nor does it requires thousands of dollars of investment. It also, does not require an entire re-tooling of your golf swing.
You can change your ball flight with a few simple changes to your setup.
Video with Director of Instruction at USGolfTV, Todd Kolb (Hit a High Draw by Fixing Your Setup).
1. Toes Out
How many times have you seen it? A golfer at the range, standing rigidly as he/she attempts to hit a golf shot. More times than not, his/her feet are pointed straight away from their body, causing a tense address. At USGolfTV, we’ve seen it too many times.
In order to have a fluid swing, one which delivers a drawing ball flight, a golfer should address the ball with their feet and toes pointed slightly out.
The reason for doing this is simple. It allows the body to better turn through the swing and release fully through impact. It’s a more athletic posture, allowing the knees and legs to be fully released. It’s not good for the knee to release with a static, straight facing foot.
To easily transfer the weight, properly turn at the top, and correctly deliver the club through impact, the feet need to have the toes pointed outward.
Watch the best players in the world and study their feet. Their feet are pointed out.
2. High Handle
This is a drill designed for flattening the top wrist.
The reason you want to have your wrist flattened is because of how it relates to the club face. And the direction of the club face is very important in hitting a draw. This promotes a “closed” or “square” clubface, and you’ll need the club face to be pointed left of the swing path at impact in order to hit a draw.
So back to the handle.
When at address, take your hands and the handle of the club (the end with the grip), and rise it up an inch or two.
3. 60/40 Rule
When you address the ball, a natural inclination will be to have your weight equally shared between your right and left foot. This would represent a 50/50 balance.
Now this is MUCH better than leaning back! But it’s still not ideal for a draw.
For a draw, you’ll want to address the ball with your weight slightly on your left foot. Doing this promotes your path to swing out and to the right of your target (for a right handed golfer). A path out and to the right will promote a draw.
So when you address the ball, at the moment you feel settled over the ball, just move the hip a fraction to get some more weight on your left foot.
Feel like 60% of your body’s weight is on your left foot, and that 40% is on your right foot. The 60/40 rule!
-My name is Troy Klongerbo. You can follow me on Twitter @troyklongerbo where I’m posting about golf, the PGA Tour, golf instruction and the world of marketing, consistently.
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