Instruction: The Right Path To Hitting Draws

The right path can lead to success, especially when hitting golf shots
Simple tools can help you achieve a new path for your golf swing (Photo: Derek MacDonald)

Simple tools can help you achieve a new path for your golf swing (Photo: Derek MacDonald)

All too often I see golfers on the range hitting balls that start left and curve hard to the right.  What do I see next? One of two things. Either a ball that flies shorter in the air and curving further right or a dead solid pull to the left. There is a good reason why this happens in my opinion and it’s due to incorrect information for so many years.

Until recent years, golfers were told that the ball starts in the direction that the club is travelling in. If the ball was travelling right then the “common sense” reaction was that a golfer had to swing more left. Thanks to technology like TrackMan, we now know that the balls starts predominantly in the direction of where the clubface is pointing at impact (approximately 75% responsible off of irons and up to 90% for drivers) and the path is mostly responsible for the curvature of the golf ball. What does this all mean?  A golfer can have a “square” clubface to the target at impact and the ball will curve to the right if the club path is moving left of the target (out-to-in club path), assuming a right handed golfer.

The easiest way for golfers who slice to correct their curvature is to remember to tell themselves that if the ball is curving to the right, they need to swing more to the right. In order to learn how to do so, below is a drill I have had tremendous success with in order to teach golfers how to draw the golf ball by getting their club path to the right (inside-out).

In the pic above I have taken a standard range basket, placed it upside down, and stuck an alignment stick through the top portion of the basket, you may need a towel to counterbalance the weight of the alignment stick hanging out. Place the ball at the very front of the alignment stick but on the outside of the target line by about 2 inches, making you swing underneath the alignment stick in order to make contact with the golf ball without hitting the stick. If you do this, you are on your way to swinging on the right path and learning how to hit little draws with more power and better accuracy.

– by Derek MacDonald, @derektmacdonald PGA of Canada Class “A” Professional, The Marshes Golf Club 

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4 Comments on "Instruction: The Right Path To Hitting Draws"

  1. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks as if you have a very simple, cheap solution to some of the fancy, expensive swing-fix gadgets out there… thanks for the tip!

  2. Derek MacDonald | February 5, 2016 at 12:29 pm |

    Thank you Alison, keep me posted on how it’s working out for you, it’s easy to do and proven to work over and over again…. I’m always here to help if you have any questions

  3. So the curl of the ball to the right, at the end of its flight path, could be because of an out-to-in club path?
    Miss you D-Mac xoxohugs

  4. Derek MacDonald | February 5, 2016 at 12:51 pm |

    Hi Roberta
    There’s no question it can be caused by an out-to-in club path, it essentially comes down to the face-to-path relationship….you can technically swing inside-out and still hit slices, I will cover this in another article though….we will cover many topics in articles for Ontario Golf News, maybe I’ll make that to be my next one 😉
    Most golfers do slice because of an out-to-in path though, it definitely is the major factor.
    Thanks for the comment Roberta 🙂 hope to see you soon

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