Shaping the golf ball can be a huge advantage when playing a round of golf.
Shaping the golf ball is very important when you would like to position your drive off the tee so that you hit the best side of the fairway to make the next shot much easier. Also, shaping iron shots when approaching the green where a flag is tucked to the right or the left of the green is a must when looking at shooting better scores. The last reason to shape the ball on demand would be if there is trouble in the way or you need to shape it around something. For example, if you have hit your golf ball off the fairway and there is no direct line to the flag or green, shaping the golf ball can rescue you out of trouble.
The most common controlled ball flights are the fade and draw shots. A fade is a shot for a right handed golfer that starts to the left of the target and curves to the right so that it finishes on target (left handed - a fade starts right of the target and curves to the left, back on target). A draw is a shot for a right handed golfer that starts to the right of the target and curves to the left so that it finishes on target (left handed - a draw starts left of the target and curves to the right so that it finishes on target).
Fault - A player may struggle to shape the golf ball on demand, and therefore finds it difficult to get the golf ball closer to the hole or around obstacles.
Fix - This drill is perfect to help you shape the golf ball in both directions on demand. The most common shot shapes players want to hit are draws and fades. This drill will help you hit both. First imagine you have a circle around the golf ball on the ground with about a two feet radius. Use the circle to picture a clock face with numbers around the circle with the 12 o’clock number pointing towards the target and the 3 o’clock pointing away from you. A draw is a shot for a right handed golfer that starts to the right of the target and curves to the left so that it finishes on the target. To hit a draw shot, the club needs to travel through the ball from the inside and exit the ball from the outside with the club face open to the target but closed to the path. If you use the clock face as a guide for the golf club's swing path to hit the draw, the club needs to swing from 7 o’clock to 1 o’clock and the club face needs to be aiming at 12:30 on the clock face. This will make the ball start to the right of the target and curve back to the target because of the swing path.
To hit a fade, use the same clock face, however this time the swing path needs to be from outside to inside and the face closed to the target yet open to the path.
Use the clock face to enter the ball from the outside, so the 5 o’clock position and exit the ball on the inside which is the 11 o’clock position whilst aiming the club face at 11:30.