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Ball Flight Tip Sheets


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Draw Trajectory - Ball Flight

The draw ball flight from the perspective of a right-handed golfer.

Illustration by William Glessner
(Editor's Notes: A draw is the opposite of a fade. With a draw, the ball curves gently from right-to-left (for right-handers), moving toward the target after starting out right of the target line. A draw is a great shot to be able to play on command in order to better attack a pin or fairway, or to get around hazards. A controlled draw can also add yards to drives, producing additional roll. The tips below are written by instructor Roger Gunn, from the perspective of a right-hander; lefties should reverse the directional elements.)

Playing a Draw

There are two good ways to play a draw:

First Method
1. Set up with the clubface aimed at the target.
2. Align your body, including your feet and shoulders, to the right of the target (be sure to keep the clubface aimed at the target). This will create a slightly glancing blow, putting counter-clockwise spin on the ball.
3. Make a normal swing along your body-line with no effort to alter your swing.

Second Method
1. Aim your feet, shoulders and clubface all to the right of the target.
2. Make your swing, but get a slight feeling of rolling the club through impact. Look for a slight turn of the ball to the left.

Video: Three ways to play a draw

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