The nice high draw is the most desired shot by amateur golfers around the world. We know that to be true. Now, while it is an easy shot for professionals such as Gary Woodland, (three simple steps – 1. Move the ball back; 2. Close stance; 3. Hit the inside of the golf ball), the truth is this shot is quite elusive for most all players.
Now, if you are just learning how to play golf, a more detailed explanation with some visualization should help you and better understand how to approach this shot.
Therefore, in this segment of Teaching with Technology, golf instructor Todd Kolb (follow Todd on Twitter) shows us how understanding the basic terms and using the appropriate technology can help both instructors and students in perfecting that high draw.
In the video below he gives us an insight of the one key relationship that dictates any curve in the golf ball – the one between the path and the clubface.
Before talking about the right club face position and path position, Todd points out how important technology, and especially Flightscope, is for him as an instructor to better understand what happens at the moment of the impact.
The first thing you should know in order to master the high draws is the important relationship between the direction the club is swinging at the moment of the impact – that is the path (shown in yellow) and the club face (in blue). Todd Kolb uses a hula hoop to better visualize this path.
Keep in mind that there is a multitude of things that can impact both the club face and the path position but the purpose of this lesson is to actually understand this key relationship and master the first important thing you need to learn in order to hit a nice high draw – that is to get the path slightly to the right (for right-handed golfers only). Todd points out that the best players he teaches, who hit nice high draws, get a path that is swinging between 2 to 4-5 degrees to the right and a clubface that is open 1-2 degrees to the right.
For any instructor, who has a golfer not drawing the ball, it is important to immediately know if the player has a path issue or a face issue. As Todd says the beauty of technology is that you don’t have to guess where the problem is but simply look at your Flightscope and make the necessary changes.
So, take advantage of the available technology and work with your instructor to find the best way how to draw the golf ball.
— Todd Kolb (@toddkolbgolf) November 16, 2016