How A Right To Left Draw Shot Gets You More Driving Distance - Senior Golf Tip 1

    More driving distance is always a major factor in improving golf performance. Change the shape of your shot to hit it farther.

    A 'draw' golf shot is a shot for a right handed golfer that is a controlled small curve that starts to the right of the intended target and curves in the air to the left, back towards the target. This is reversed for a left handed golfer where the ball starts out to the left and curves back to the right towards the target.

    There is a definite myth as to why the golf ball travels further with a draw shot. Many golfers think that with a draw shot the ball travels lower with top spin and then rolls further when it hits the floor. This is not true as it is impossible to put top spin on the golf ball otherwise it would never get airborne. Every shot has to have some sort of backspin on the ball as this is the force that keeps the ball in the air. Additionally, if the ball rolls along the floor for an extended amount of time, the friction of the ground slows the ball down and reduces the distance that the ball will travel.

    The real reason why a draw shot creates more distance is that a draw action swing gains more club head speed through the impact area from a better sling shot into the ball. In a draw swing, the club head travels around the body approaching the golf ball in a tight circle from behind the hips, travels close to the legs and then into the ball. The arms and club can then extend to the target while the hands rotate over each other turning the club face through the ball. These actions mean that the peak speed of the golf swing occurs as the golf club strikes the ball through the fastest two movements of the body - the legs and hands.

    First point of speed - The legs drive the golf club into the golf ball, through the hips and slingshot the golf club in an arc towards the ball.

    Second point of speed - The hands rotate through the ball letting the golf club overtake the hands meaning the club head is travelling much faster than the body.

    As an exercise and to see the speed that these movements produce, put the ball on a tee and take a very small half swing to approximately hip height making sure that the club head swings to the ball from behind the body. Gently swing the club from this position and roll or rotate the hands over, through the ball. When rotating the hands, check to see that both forearms cross over one another. If this movement is timed correctly, the ball should fly fairly low, in a right to left shape (for right handed golfers), and a surprisingly long distance although this may take some practice as it can be difficult to make good contact with such a small swing at first. Once this has been done, bring the legs into the movement. As the hands bring the golf club to the ball, bring the back knee through at the same time as the hands. This movement allows the whole body to turn into the ball together but with the hands and legs providing the power and driving the club through the ball. All through this exercise there should be no effort in the swing and the focus should be on timing the hands and legs so that they drive through the ball together. With a little practice, up to 80% of normal swing speed can be put into the ball!

    Use this drill to understand speed and how a draw shot reduces effort but gains distance.