Hitting a draw!
If you've struggled to get the ball to start just right of the target and curve back to it, stop blaming a lack of ability. It might be a lack of understanding for how this shot is created. For instance, you might have been taught that to hit a draw, your clubface has to be facing left of your target at impact. That is wrong. You also might have been told that the path of the club through impact is what determines the ball's initial direction. Also wrong.
The new launch monitors, one of which we have in our new Performance Simulator, can record and measure the part of a golf swing during impact and the ensuing ball flight, we now have indisputable science on what produces a draw.
First Up: The starting direction of your shot is determined by the position of the clubface at impact - not by the swing path. Path plays a part, yes, as do other factors, such as the amount of spin on the ball and the quality of your lie. Just remember that the clubface is the biggest factor. Knowing this, you can assume that the face has to be open!
Secondly: What makes the shot curve toward the target is the path the club takes through the ball? The path has to go more to the right than the face is pointing. How much more depends on the club you're using. To keep it simple, if you're swinging a 6-iron, think of it as a 2-to-1 relationship. That means if the face is pointing 2 degrees right of your target at impact, the path has to be on a 4-degree angle right of the target line (above). If the ratio were 1-to-1, the ball wouldn't curve. If it were 4-to-1, the ball would draw too much.
If you would like to get to grips with this using the simulator and see for yourself contact me now for some coaching or why not book an MOT for only £10 and during the 60 minutes we will cover having look at your swing, short game and your club condition that way you will start the season off on the right foot. Get in touch here.
News this week is that your Panshanger Golf Complex Membership has even more value and nine more reasons to join! You now have access to nine more courses for FREE! These course are:
- Marsden Park Golf Course (Pendle Leisure Trust)
- Auchenharvie Golf Course (KA Leisure)
- Ravenspark Golf Course (KA Leisure)
- Routenburn Golf Course (KA Leisure)
- Altrincham Golf Course (Trafford Leisure)
- William Wroe Golf Course (Trafford Leisure)
- Stony Holme Golf Course (Greenwich Leisure)
- Marland Golf Course (Link4Life)
- Mowsbury Golf Complex & Squash Centre (Fusion Lifestyle)
Season ticket holders of each course can play at any other course in the scheme free of charge once a month. You need to book through the pro shop but what a great addition to your membership.
This week we are on the 13th hole - 305/247 yards (Par 4)
The shortest par four on the course but not the easiest as it's uphill until you reach the end of the fairway. Aim your tee shot to the left to avoid the big hollow 'The Dell' under the oak tree. Many a birdie has been made here but from 'The Dell' so have many double digits!