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How to Play Golf | The Beginner’s Guide

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Do you want to learn how to play golf and enjoy the life-long game?

It’s said that golf is the greatest game ever played…

Maybe because it’s the ultimate test of the body and mind.

It’s calming, challenging, rewarding, and frustrating all at the same time.

It can beat you up, have you cussing the game, just to fall back in love with it an few minutes later.

But at the end of it all, it’s a beautiful game.

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There’s something about the game. When played well it seems simple. So simple, you let your guard down…

and then it strikes back.

For many people it’s an obsession, others an occasional hobby.

No matter what it is to you, it’s an amazing game that you can learn at any point in your life.

It transcends generations, and teaches you more about yourself and life than any other game.

So, you’ve made the decision. You want to play golf. What now?

Read this Ultimate Guide on and learn how to play golf the right way.

1. Making the Decision to Play Golf

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Making the decision to learn how to play golf is easy, but needs to happen with an understanding and respect for the game. While golf is fun and meant to be enjoyed, it can often be frustrating, especially when first learning.

That being said there is one simple thing to remember.


Professionals who have played their entire lives still hit bad shots.

So when you’re working on your game, don’t expect perfection. Learn from your mistakes, accept them, and most importantly manage your expectations.

As a golf pro once told me when I was frustrated beginner having a mid-round breakdown:

“You’re not that good, to get that mad.”

Golf is a game that can teach you a lot about someone. One of the major things is how they handle themselves on the course. It’s easy to be happy when you’re playing well, but shows character when you keep your cool when things don’t go your way.

Enjoy the process and stay positive. Life’s too short to get mad over a game 🙂

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2. Getting Equipment

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You may have heard that golf is an expensive game. While this can be true, it doesn’t have to be.

It’s kind of like when you were told as a kid that there’s a difference between “wants” and “needs”.

You need clubs to play golf. You don’t need expensive brand name irons and the newest driver on the market. While “Chad” at your local golf store may try to tell you that so he can make more commissions, its not true.

A great golfer can play well with any set of clubs.

While at the highest level these things can make an impact, they’re so minimal it would never be noticed by weekend golfer or someone just learning.

So, find a good deal on a set of used clubs that are going to last you for the next 3-5 years and start swinging them!

Below is some information that will help you when buy your first set of golf clubs:

1. Buy used clubs

3. Get cavity back irons – They have larger heads on the clubs and are easier to hit

4. Invest in lessons over expensive clubs

5. Ask around – A golfer in your life probably has some extra clubs laying around they’ll sell you for cheap

That should get you started.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and be resourceful.

3. Learning the Rules

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Learning the rules is obviously an important part of learning how to play golf. While they can seem overwhelming in the beginning, don’t get intimidated. Just learn the basics and pick up the rest as you go.

The best way to learn the rules of golf is to play experienced golfers and do what they do. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or make mistakes. It’s the way we all learn.

The list below will give you a brief overview of the basics.


There are 18 holes on a golf course.

Every hole on the golf course has a “par” which is the ideal amount of strokes it should take you to get the ball in the hole for that specific hole.

The pars range from 3-5. Known as “a Par 3” and so on.

The pars for each hole are then added up to equal the total par for the course. Typically 72.

How you perform on each hole has a specific name:

2 under Par (you shoot 3 on a Par 5) – Eagle

1 under Par – Birdie

Even with Par – Par

1 over Par – Bogey

2 over Par – Double Bogey

3 over Par – Triple Bogey

4 over Par – Quadrouple Bogey

5+ over Par – etc.

For example on a Par 4, if it takes you 4 shots to make your ball, you get a Par.

Par 3, takes you 4 shots, you get a Bogey.

Other Golf Rules:

Here’s some other key rules that will help get you started when heading out to the course.

Tee Markers

When teeing off (starting) a hole. You must tee your ball up behind the markers, which are typically denounced by bright colored, oversized markers stuck into the ground. There are typically different tees for different skill levels. The more experienced further back and vise versa.

Shot Order on Green

Once every player on the hole has reached the green the person who is furthest away from the hole goes first. This repeats until everyone has made their putts.

Out of Bounds

If you hit your ball into the water or out of play, you take a one-stroke penalty and drop a new ball. You can either drop the new ball from where you just hit, or just before where it entered the out-of-bounds, then continue playing.

These are just a few of the basic rules of golf. If you are interested in learning more here are some of the top resources for golf scoring and rules:

4. Improving Your Game

When starting your journey into the “life-long game” of golf, you might as well start with good habits and not have to worry about breaking bad ones later.

I struggled for years trying to improve my game. It wasn’t until I realized that 90% of the improvement in my game was coming from 10% of the work I was putting in that the game became easier and I took 20 strokes off of my handicap.

Do these 3 simple things to improve your game and not waste time:

Read Golf Books To Improve Your Game

Counter to common belief, a lot of golf improvement can be made away from the course. Sitting at the range and hitting 100 balls with the wrong fundamentals will only engrave bad habits into your mind.

That being said, you have to be careful what you read. A lot of golf media is created just to get views and will not make major improvements to your game.

There is one book that single handedly started my journey to dropping my handicap.

It is an absolute must-read as you start your journey into golf.

Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf

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Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons is the best book for anyone looking to develop a classic & consistent golf swing.

You can get it used for around a dollar at a local book store or easily from Amazon. Starting with these fundamentals will save you countless hours of trying to correct your golf swing later. Understanding “why” you do things in a golf swing is just as important as knowing how to swing the club.

Follow the 80/20 Rule When Practicing

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“Drive for show, putt for dough.” is a saying for a reason.

It’s because if you want to improve your golf game you MUST work on your short game. Put the driver away and don’t even look at it until you feel completely comfortable on and around the green. These putting drills and chipping tips are a great place to start.

The 80/20 rule refers to putting 80% of your practice time towards your short game, and the other 20% towards everything else.

That means don’t even think about spending an hour hitting drives unless you plan on spending four hours putting.

I know. There’s something satisfying about smashing a drive as far as you can but if you can’t make a 4-foot putt consistently you’ll never be able to seriously improve your game.

Take a Few Lessons To Get Started

You’ve made the decision to learn how to play golf, spend the few extra dollars to make sure you really enjoy it and get off to a good start.

Taking a couple lessons with a trained professional will make sure that you develop the right habits early and learn how to think about the game the right way.


You’re off and running.

Remember when learning the game to manage your expectations and enjoy the process.

It’s a hard game, one that can never be mastered, and get’s the best of people that have played it their entire lives.

Never forget, even when you’re obsessed, practicing everyday, betting with your friends, winning the round, and blow it on the last hole…

That it’s just a game. The greatest one ever played.

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How To Hit A Draw: A Proven Step-by-Step Formula

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They look great, increase distance, and it’s what most of the pros do.

For many golfers though, the draw remains an unattainable goal. A mountain too big to climb.

Sound familiar?

You’ve done all the research, practiced the drills, and feel like you’re ready to consistently hit a draw. You crush the ball off the tee, starting it 15 yards out to the right, and wait for it to swing back into the middle of the fairway.

But the movement never comes.

Or worse still, the ball swings even further to the right through the air, leaving you with a lost ball and a terrible start to your round.

Maybe your golfing buddies mutter something about ‘bad luck’, or ‘maybe next time’.

Imagine if you could consistently hit a beautiful draw.

A shape that made them wonder, ‘where did this come from?’

Fortunately, you can.

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There are a number of key elements to your swing that will have you drawing the ball like Jordan Spieth (these drills can help you putt like him too), and smashing it 30 yards past your opponents, in no time.

These 8 proven steps are the simplest and most effective ways to hit a draw.

Imagine how good it will feel when you’re consistently walking up the middle of the fairway towards your ball. When you’re the last one in your group to hit your second shot because you’ve outdriven your playing partners… again.

The first 5 steps you can apply in order, from your setup through to your follow through. Steps 6 through 8 are more general principles, which will go a long way to helping you launch it long and strong.

As usual, for the purpose of the article we’ll assume you’re a right hander. If you’re a lefty, simply switch the steps around to suit your needs.

How To Hit A Draw: A Proven Step-by-Step Formula

How to Hit a Draw Summary:

  1. Align Yourself to the Right
  2. Re-align Your Club Face to Face Your Actual Target
  3. Re-grip
  4. Swing Along the Line of Your Body
  5. Finish Strong
  6. Swing Smooth
  7. Swing Shallow on Drives
  8. Visualize a Draw

Step 1: Align yourself to the right

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This is an easy step to implement, even if it sounds counterintuitive.

The natural response is to wonder why on you should aim right if you want to curve it left. After all, the right side of the hole is where you’re trying to keep the ball away from.

When your ball is sliding 20 yards right to left in the air though, you’ll be happy you aimed out there.

Choose a spot to the right of your target.

Exactly how far to the right depends on how far you want the ball to move in the air – the further to the right you go, the larger the draw is likely to be. For the sake of a controlled ball flight, try around 20 yards to the right for a drive.

Set up everything as though you’re trying to hit the ball to this spot. Your feet should be aligned with this point, as should your shoulders, as should your club.

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Step 2: Re-align your club face so it’s facing your actual target

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This step requires you to keep your body aligned exactly as you set up in step 1. The only change you need to make is to move your club face.

Find your target – i.e where you want the ball to land. Presumably, this will be the middle of the fairway or the green.

Without moving your body, slowly close the club face until it is pointing directly at this target.

If someone takes a picture of you from behind after this step, you should see your entire body facing down the right hand side of the hole, while your club is facing up the middle.

If so, you’re halfway there.

Step 3: Re-grip

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During step 2, assuming you kept your entire body aligned in the same direction while adjusting the club face, your grip will have changed.

As you closed the face, your left hand (top hand) will have slowly crept slightly underneath the grip, and you will have lost sight of one or two knuckles.

As we explained in how to fix a slice , you should be able to see three knuckles on this hand during your set up. Having a proper golf grip helps to both eliminate the slice, and hit the draw.

Without altering your set up, or club alignment, shuffle your left hand back around the grip so that you can see three knuckles.

Now, your body is aligned to the right, your club is facing down the middle, and your grip is perfect.

You’re ready to hit a draw.

Step 4: Swing along the line of your body

Again, this may sound counter-intuitive. To hit the draw though, you need your club to follow the line of your body, meaning your follow through will head towards the right of the target.

If you trace the line of the club during a swing which generates a draw, you’ll notice the downswing and follow through all lead out to the right of the ball’s final landing spot.

The reasons for this are complex, but basically the movement of the ball in the air is determined by the direction of the club at impact, and the orientation of the club face.

Picture a soccer player taking a free kick. A right-footer will often curl it right to left, and the process for achieving this is much the same as hitting a draw.

It requires a leg swing which follows through out to the right of the target, and a foot which faces inwards, towards the target. This creates the right to left spin on the ball which helps it move left in the air, and your golf swing is no different.

If your club direction is towards the right – i.e. the point to which you aligned your body in step 1 – and your club face is pointing towards the target in the middle of the fairway, the ball will move right to left.

This is the inside-out swing path which is so fondly spoken of by those wishing to hit a draw. Follow this step, and you’re doing it.

Step 5: Finish strong

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Many golfers wonder why on earth the follow through even matters. After all, it all happens once the ball is well on the way to its destination, right?

The reason there is such an emphasis on the follow through is because it is hugely reflective of all that has happened before it.

Finishing strong is a great way to ensure that all the previous steps work in tandem to create your draw.

What do we mean by finishing strong? Easy. Finish with your chest out, and your right shoulder facing towards your target.

Focussing on this will ensure that all the mechanics of a good golf swing exist in the earlier parts of your swing. It will help with weight transferral, shoulder rotation, and importantly, the inside-out swing path.

A lazy, sloppy follow through, where you finish with a sunken chest and a club which barely reaches around your left shoulder, will mean that you have likely kept your weight on your back foot, your club face open, and the ball will be flying out to the right.

In contrast, a strong finish will help you hit a long, strong, right to left curving ball.

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Step 6: Swing smooth

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This step is relatively easy, but it is also incredibly important. Many golfers get so excited by the prospect of hitting a big, long draw, that they actively try to smash the ball as hard as they can.

This will cause problems. If you swing too fast, you are likely to over-rotate your body, and keep the club face open. In more simple terms, you’ll hit the ball out to the right.

The beauty of the draw is that it generates the extra distance all by itself. There’s no need to swing harder to get the extra distance everyone associates with a draw – the ball will do it by itself.

A byproduct of following all the previous steps properly is right to left spin on the ball, a drawing flight path, and more distance.

So there’s no need to worry about getting any extra legs on your drive. Focus on the steps above, swing smooth, and you’ll see your ball sailing past your friends’, right up the middle.

Step 7: Swing shallow on drives

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A common mistake amateurs make is to swing their driver too steeply. Basically, this means that they raise the club too quickly, and subsequently drop it too quickly on their downswing.

This movement causes a number of problems, including a loss of distance and ‘good spin’ (the right-to-left spin you’re after to create your draw).

Generally, pros have much shallower swings than amateurs, so this is what you want to be striving for. As well as making it easier to play a draw, a shallower swing will give you a heap more distance in your shot. Master this step and you’ll be crunching it down the middle in no time.

So how do you do it? There are a number of techniques which can help, but the easiest is to neutralize the shaft.

At this point you’re probably questioning what on earth that means, but it is a relatively simple concept. Many amateurs have their hands too far ahead of the ball (towards the target) during their set up for a drive.

This promotes a steep swing, and is likely to cause your drive to balloon up in the air and impart the kind of spin that you don’t want – either left-to-right spin, or just too much of it.

Neutralizing your hands is simply moving them back, so that the shaft of your driver is at closer to 90 degrees from your body, rather than angled diagonally towards you.

This will automatically promote a shallower swing, an inside-out swing path, and a drive 20 yards past your buddies.

Step 8: Visualize a draw

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Last but not least, the mental aspect.

As well all know, what’s above the shoulders plays as big a role in golf as what’s below them. If you believe you can hit a draw, you’ll be able to. If you think about the water hazard on the right, you’ll see your ball slicing straight into it.

Visualization works for some of the top athletes in the world, and it can work for you.

Imagine smashing your drive past your friends. Visualize your club moving on an inside-out swing path, and your club head facing straight at your target as you hit the ball.

Picture your friends faces when your ball starts curving back from the right side of the fairway to the middle, or when your ball lands past where theirs have come to a rest and bounces another 20 yards.

The mind is your most powerful tool on the course, and believing you can hit a draw plays a big role in being able to do it.

Fortunately, anyone can hit one if they use these 8 simple steps, including you.

Follow these proven steps and you’ll be hitting a powerful draw in no time!

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a low handicapper to hit a long, accurate, consistent draw.

All of these steps are actionable for any golfer.

Each step is, individually, very simple to implement. When they are all performed together, they create a thing of beauty.

They create the draw.

That elusive ball flight which you so often see, but never seem to be able to do.

That right to left movement which all the pros have, and which you are so certain would improve your golf game markedly, if only you had the talent to do it.

I’m here to tell you… you do.

If you have the talent to align yourself to the right, you can hit a draw.

If you are capable of following through like you mean it, you can hit a draw.

You don’t need to be Rory McIlroy to follow these simple and effective steps.

All you need is a bag of clubs, a couple of balls, and a willingness to follow proven instructions.

Before you know it, your friends will be asking you for advice.

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How to hit a draw: Use this proven step-by-step formula and start hitting powerful draw shots straight down the middle of the fairway.

Golf How To Play A Draw Step By Step

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The ball starts to the right of the target line then curves to the left to finish on target.

A draw is a good thing, here’s how to play it.

Step 1: Set your clubface square to the ball.

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Hold the club more loosely in your left hand turning your grip clockwise so you can see an extra knuckle on your left hand thus creating a stronger grip.

Step 2: Aim your feet and shoulders to the right of the target, making sure the clubface is still square. (See above).

The ball might be slightly further forward in your stance.

Step 3: With everything aiming right of the target except the club head, you should automatically develop an ‘in-to-out’ swing path. (See above).

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Concentrate on swinging the club back along the line of your feet.

Step 4: Fire into the ball on the downswing, visualising hitting through the 4 o’clock position on the ball. It should feel like you are following through well right of the target and that your right hand is turning over your left.

Golf coach tip: It’s far easier to draw and shape ball with long irons than with short irons. Don’t try and draw a short iron because it will inevitably turn into a hook.

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How to Hit a Draw in Golf (Easier Method)

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The method below is generally easier for most golfers. In my opinion, it doesn’t offer as much control or workability as the better player version but it’s a good way to understand how your set up and alignment can significantly affect the flight of the ball.

Playing A Draw With The “New” Ball Flight Laws

The draw method that I’ve outlined below is based on the “new” ball flight laws in golf…

Recent data from launch monitors and high speed cameras proves that a golfer’s swing path and club face angle at impact, has a different affect on the golf ball than was traditionally taught by most teaching professionals.

Without going into detail here, rest assured that the instructions below are based on this improved understanding of ball flights in golf. I think you’ll find this method easier to work with and more consistent compared to older shot-shaping methods.

Golf Draw Method (Easier Version)

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  • Set up so that the club face is aiming slightly to the right of your target.
  • Aim your feet, hips and shoulders further to the right than the club face (this will, in effect, give the club face a closed position in relation to the swing path, imparting draw spin on the golf ball).
  • Swing along the line of your feet, hips and shoulders, starting the ball out right and allowing the closed club face to curve it back left.

How to Hit a Draw in Golf (Easier Method) I’ve covered two different methods for hitting a draw shot in golf. The method below is generally easier for most golfers. In my opinion, it doesn’t

Step-by-Step Golf Swing

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The game of golf can be frustrating for the beginner as well as the advanced. One reason why is the number of muscles and body parts involved in a proper golf swing. There are 22 muscles used to generate club head speed alone–not to mention the coordinated use of your arms, legs, knees and hips to complete the swing from take away to follow-through. Having a consistent motion that you can rely on time and time again will propel your golf game forward, allowing you to focus on the small nuances that make for low scores.

Set up for the swing. You want it to feel natural, your body over the ball, your arms comfortably reaching down, hands gripping the club.

Start the club head back from the ball 3 feet. Your body should stay in an aligned position, wrists and arms firm, weight over the center.

Move the club to waist high, keeping your lead arm fairly straight, your hips with a slight rotation away from the ball.

Advance your club to three quarters of the entire backswing. The shaft should be almost vertical, the club head above your head and your elbow level.

Take the club the entire way back. Your weight should be over your back foot, hips cocked back and ready to explode. At this point the club should be almost horizontal and your forward shoulder should be under your chin.

Move the club so that the shaft is once again at waist level, horizontal from the body. Your hips should be moving back toward the ball. Your wrists should be cocked at this point and ready to break upon impact. Weight is still on the back foot but it is beginning to move toward the lead foot.

Bring the club down to impact, your body weight transitioning back to the lead foot, hips and shoulders squaring up over the ball and wrists breaking to deliver more club head velocity.

Move your club through the front arc spectrum, from 3 feet past impact to waist height to three quarter swing. Your body weight should be entirely on your lead leg and your hips continuing to rotate through the ball.

Complete the swing with the follow-through. Your hips and upper body should be facing toward the hole, the club horizontal behind your head.

The game of golf can be frustrating for the beginner as well as the advanced. One reason why is the number of muscles and body parts involved in a proper golf swing. There are 22 muscles used to generate club head speed alone–not to mention the coordinated use of your arms, legs, knees and hips to complete the swing from take away to follow-through. Having a consistent motion that you can rely on time and time again will propel your golf game forward, allowing you to focus on the small nuances that make for low scores.

How To Create and Hit a Fade or Draw Golf Shot

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Hitting specialized golf shots, such as fades or draws, may seem complicated, but its really not. These step-by-step instructions (and help from Thomas Golfs patented “shot alignment bar”) open the door to new accomplishments in shotmaking.

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Before explaining the fade and draw, its important to review the four steps to hitting a straight golf shot:

  1. Stand behind the ball and visualize a straight line between ball and target.
  2. Pick out a leaf or mark thats a few feet or less in front of the ball and on this visualized target line.
  3. Address the ball, aiming the clubface at the leaf or mark you just selected. (This is where Thomas Golf clubs give you a big advantage. The top plane of each iron, wood and hybrid is designed with an alignment guide that is parallel to the ground and in the exact direction of the clubface.)
  4. Align your heels, hips and shoulders parallel to the target line. Youre now positioned to hit the ball straight at the target.

How to hit a fade:

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  1. Complete steps 1, 2 and 3 for a straight shot.
  2. Instead of aligning your heels, hips and shoulders parallel to the target line, align them left of your target (for right-handed golfer). Keep the clubhead and alignment bar aimed along the original target line.
  3. Swing naturally, along your body line (not the target line). The ball should start left of the target, then fade to the right, toward the target.

How to hit a draw:

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  1. Complete steps 1, 2 and 3 for a straight shot.
  2. Instead of aligning your heels, hips and shoulders parallel to the target line, align them right of your target (for right-handed golfer). Keep the clubhead and alignment bar aimed along the original target line.
  3. Swing naturally, along your body line (not the target line). The ball should start right of the target, then draw to the left, toward the target.

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Concepts on How to Hit a Fade or a Draw

Concepts on How to Hit a fade or a draw One of the easiest concepts in learning how to shape your shots is to think about your current swing and the type of shots it produces. Lets use a fictitious character to illustrate the process. Garys normal shot pattern is a slice. He is taking lessons to help straighten out his shots. Some of the things that Garys teacher is working with him on is his grip and his turn on the backswing. Gary has a weak grip and doesnt make a full turn so the face is very open at impact. What Gary can learn from his tendencies is that if he strengthens his grip a little he will get less curve to the right and coupled with a fuller backswing turn he should also have more time to square the clubface. At the very least he should be able to take out some of the slice. Therefore, if he does the exact opposite of what he is currently doing, he should be able to produce a draw or hook.

A very strong grip with room to move his arms and make a full turn will change Garys ball flight. Examine your own swing in relation to your ball flight and experiment with it at first with slight variations and then with more drastic variations to see how your shots change their shape. Some things to consider are your grip, ball position, alignment and the position of your hips, shoulders and spine at impact. A even simpler concept regarding hitting a fade or draw is to try and trace the shape of the fairway with the club off of the tee you can see the outline of a dogleg by the shape of the fairway.

If you have a left to right dogleg then swing your club slightly left to right, tracing the curve of the fairway. A third concept is to replicate your body position at impact by beginning your swing in that position. For instance, a player is going to try to hit a draw. He imagines his chest pointing at or behind the ball at impact, his right shoulder lower than the left and the majority of his weight on the right side. He should start his swing from that position and try to replicate that position at impact.

The nice thing about this concept is it starts you out in a good position to hit a draw and it also gives you a mental picture of where you should be when hitting the ball. An example to illustrate a fade would be to start your swing with your shoulders pointing a little left and your right arm bent. Finally, an old concept that is currently under fire says that you should first point the clubface at your target. To hit a fade you should line up your body left of the target while keeping the clubface pointing at the target. Swing along the line of your body (left) and return the clubface back to square at impact. The theory is that the ball will start on the line you swing your club on and curve towards the place your clubface is pointed

Concepts are really just general ideas on how something works. If one of these concepts helps you wade through the mechanics of how to hit a fade or draw then its very likely that the information you learn will stay with you longer than if you tried to simply memorize mechanics.

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Drills on How to Hit a Fade or Draw

  • Hit balls off of a hill with the ball above your feet to practice a draw. Hitting balls off of this lie will help you flatten your swing which is useful in hitting a draw. It is a natural draw lie since the club closes earlier in the downswing and the shoulders need to turn flatter to prevent fat shots. When hitting a draw off of a normal lie it is useful to remember the feeling of a rounder, flatter swing.
  • Hit balls off of a hill with the ball below the feet to practice a fade. The ball is further away from you so the club head needs more time to close. This swing promotes more up and down motion with the swing rather than the flat plane used to hit a ball above the feet. The steeper swing is much like the upright swing you might use to hit a fade off of a normal lie.
  • Use your alignment sticks as a guide for your swing path. Pretend you are playing a dogleg left. Place one alignment stick about 6 inches behind the ball pointing slightly toward your right foot. Place the other the same distance in front of the ball pointing about 20 yard to the left of the target line. Use the illustration to help you swing along the line of the “dogleg” and hit a draw.
  • In order to get visual feedback as to where your club is at impact put colored tape down one side of your shaft. For instance, pretend you have covered the right side of the shaft with red tape. Take a few practice swings. At first, swing so that you see more red tape than shaft at impact. This would indicate that the clubface is closing. Then, take a few swings so that you see more shaft than tape at impact. This would tell you the face is opening at impact.
  • After hitting a few golf balls this way start to work on the path. Put your alignment sticks on the ground such as in drill #3. While following the different paths and monitoring the tape on your shaft you can learn how ball flight works and become more confident in your abilities to hit fades and draws on the golf course.
  • Using an old shaft or alignment rod plant it vertically about 20 yards in front of you on the range. Pretend it is a tree and practice hitting draws and fades around it. Use it also as a reference as you practice the gamut of fades and draws. Shaping the ball consistently is contingent on you having control over every type of fade and draw.


  • Low fades, medium fades and high fades.
  • Practice hitting fades starting out left, over the shaft and to the right of the shaft.
  • Low draws, medium draws and high draws.
  • Hit draws again starting left of the shaft, over the shaft and right of the shaft.
  • Start this drill with a mid-lofted club and shorts swings. End the drill with your driver.

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    How to hit a fade or a draw

    There are a lot of factors that go into the flight path of a golf shot. The path of the club is significant when working the ball as is the clubface position. A few of the other dynamics include the speed of the swing, the angle of approach and even the trending of the club directly before and after impact.It can become burdensome trying to consider every variable that can effect whether you hit a fade ordraw so lets keep it simple and stick with some mechanics that most golfers can identify with.First, keep in mind that a flat swing will make it easier to draw the ball whereas an upright swing will simplify hitting a fade. Second, the faster you swing the more sidespin you create. Therefore, tour player Jordan Spieth will be able to control a 25-35 yard fade and a golfer with an average swing speed may be able to handle a 10-20 yard fade.

    Finally take into account that its easier to shape shots with lower lofted clubs because of the backspin and additional sidespin longer clubs create.By using simple mechanics you can learn how to fade or draw on your own. While experimentingwith these fundamentals you may even discover how to cure your everyday swing ailments! Grip the grip has a majority of influence on the clubface position. When you have a weak grip it makes it difficult to square the clubface at impact.

    A slightly open face helps to produce a fade, whereas a strong grip will cause the clubface to close sooner and better facilitate a draw.

    • If you are an experienced and confident golfer you may choose to weaken or strengthen your grip to create movement on your golf ball from one side to the other.
    • Another grip tip that works for some is to double or triple overlap your right hand over the left to make it tougher to close the face and easier to create a fade. In contrast you could use a baseball or even split grip to help close the face sooner in order to hit a draw. Alignment Alignment can refer to the alignment of the feet, hips, shoulders and forearms.
    • Foot alignment has the least amount of influence on path. Your arms will follow your shoulder line. The shoulders can effect path and the club face. Your forearms can create an in to out or out to in path if one is higher than theother at impact.e. Hip alignment at address can influence the path of the club.

    Ball Position. A ball position that is more forward than normal will help create a draw because the clubface will already be closing at impact.

  • A ball that is further back in the stance will help fade the ball because the face hasnt had a chance to close yet. Spine Position If the head and spine are leaning forward at impact it could make it easier to hit a fade.
  • If the head and spine are leaning right it would make it easier to draw the ball. Hip Position at Impact
  • Hips that are too far open at impact will typically cause a fade.
  • Hips that have not cleared yet at impact will many times cause a draw. Chest Position at Impact If the chest is pointing behind the ball at impact the arms will normally keep going and cause a draw.
  • When the chest points ahead of the ball at impact it traps the arms behind and on average will leave the club face open causing a fade. Try experimenting with one or more of the mechanics above.

    For example, to hit a fade try moving the ball back in the stance and pointing your chest forward of the ball at impact. Or to hit a draw you might lean your spine and head to the right at impact and strengthen your grip slightly. I wouldnt recommend you move your grip unless you have practiced with it before the round. If you are new at learning how to hit a fade or draw then you should make small adjustments until you start seeing changes in your ball flight. Instead of dwelling on exact methods it is sometimes easier to manipulate simple mechanics in order to work the ball.

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    How to Hit a Fade or Draw in Difficult Situations

    One of the key ingredients to hitting a trouble shot is having an open mind. Creativity will get you out of many situations and if you allow yourself to think out of the box you may even pull off some pretty amazing shots. A player who has a good basic understanding of how to hit a fade or draw and also has the ability of controlling trajectory has an advantage in challenging conditions.

    The first step in your process should be to look at the openings for your shot. You may have as few as one and as many as three or four options available to you. Once you decide the best course of play you need to visualize the shot you want to hit. That will help you decide which club to select.

    Next, if you have a rangefinder shoot your distance to the landing area, then the place you want the ball to end up. If there is a place you do not want to hit the ball (such as a creek or a bunker) you need to shoot that yardage to it as well.

    Here are some examples to help you think out of the box on your own shots.

    Scenario #1-

  • Your ball lands on a large grass mound on the left side of the fairway. The ball is quite a bit below your feet. You are 150 yards away from the hole, which we will say is normally an 8 iron.
  • The green is clear on the left side and there is a bunker on the right guarding the hole. The hole is on the right side of the green, reachable only if you are able to carry the bunker.
  • Your decide your options are to #1 Try to fly the bunker and hit your shot directly at the hole. # 2 Hit a safe shot to the left side of the green or # 3 Hit a fade starting in line with the left side of the green fading right towards the hole.
  • You decide you want to hit the fade. Your lie will assist you as will the hole set up because the pin is to the right while the green is clear to the left.
  • Use one more club than you would hit normally which at this point would be a 7-iron.
  • Choke down slightly on the club and dont play the ball too far forwar Align yourself towards the left-center of the green and take a ¾ swing. The fact that the ball is below your feet, you choked down on the club and did not move your ball forward you will assist you in hitting a fade.

    Scenario #2-

  • You are playing a dogleg right and hit your tee shot too close to the right side where your ball hit a tree. The ball is now 20 yards directly behind the tree in line with the hole about 160 yards away and in the rough. The tree branches are hanging about 10 feet from the ground.
  • To your left you have a fairway curving gently from left to right and beyond the rough on the left side is out of bounds. On the right it is fairly open but it is rough rather than fairway.
  • The tree is too big to hit over so your options are #1 Pitch out directly left into the fairway.
  • #2 Hit a low draw around the tree trying to carry it as far as possibly so as not to land in the rough.
  • #3 Hit a low fade that runs right along the fairway towards the hole when it hits the ground.
  • The best shot on paper is to hit the fade. Even if your short you will still be in the fairway. The key is to take the most lofted club you can and still keep the ball under the branches. You dont want the ball to carry too far past your landing point. Also remember that unfortunately a more lofted club will not fade as much as a lower lofted club.
  • If you feel comfortable hitting a draw this might be a better opportunity for your ball to reach the green. With a draw you can de-loft a shorter club in order to hit it under the branches.
  • For this shot you will take one club longer than what you need to reach the green. Choke down a few inches on the club because you wont be taking a full swing. Play the ball more towards the center of your body and open your stance slightly. Stand a little more narrow than normal.
  • Close the club face a little bit and make sure your hands are in front of the ball.
  • Keep the club low while you swing and use the club to feel as though you are drawing a line around the tree. The ball will draw and you should at least be on the right edge of the green even if the ball does not curve.
  • Common sense and awareness are imperative when figuring out how to hit a fade or draw in a difficult situation. Let the circumstances guide you and then apply simple mechanics to help materialize the shot you envisioned.

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    When to Hit a Fade or Draw

    Changing your ball flight can help you navigate both simple and complex challenges during a normal round of golf. A basic decision you might face regarding hitting an intentional draw or fade is the shape of the hole. For instance, if you are facing a dogleg right with a tree at the right corner of the bend then a fade would most likely work well. Ideally the ball would trace the curvature of the fairway and roll right when it hit the ground.

    In this case, the difference between being able to hit a fade or having to stick with your everyday draw could mean a difference of your ball being 40 or 50 yards closer to the green.

    Another common situation you may encounter is a hole location tucked in a corner behind a large bunker. If the pin was tucked left it would be advantageous to aim towards the middle of the green and draw the ball towards the hole. By aiming at the middle of the green you give yourself room to work with if you mishit your shot.

    As simple as these decisions are to reach there will also be more complex issues you will face.

    Your lie, for example, can dictate which shot you should hit. Its easier to hit a fade If you ball rests on a tight lie or hardpan as opposed to the ball sitting in deep rough. A draw would be a better choice to hit from the deep rough because when the club hits the grass the grass will slow it down and the face will close.

    If your ball is lying on an uphill slope then a good shot selection would be a draw. On this type of lie your club squares up sooner on the downswing so if you dont move your ball back the club face will be closing by the time of impact. The same results occur with a ball lying above your feet.

    Conversely if the ball rests below your feet then the favorable shot would be a fade. If the ball is below your feet its actually further away from you and therefore the clubface needs more time to close. Unless you move the ball more forward in your stance then you most likely will have an open clubface and a swing that promotes a fade.

    Another condition that can help make your decision whether or not you can pull off your fade or draw is the wind. The wind effects the golf balls spin. A wind in your face will emphasize side spin. Therefore if you hit a slight fade into the wind more than likely it will fade more than you planned A tail wind will not contribute to the balls sidespin.

    Its obvious that a right to left wind will favor a draw and a left to right wind a fade. However, if you need to hit a soft fade then a right to left wind can knock a fade down and turn into more of a high straight shot. The opposite is true with a draw and a left to right wind

    If you pay attention to the shot at hand you will find clues all around you that will help you decide if you can hit a draw or a fade. If you consider yourself a feel player then you probably are able to take in all of this information quickly and turn it into an image of the shot you see yourself hitting.

    When you are just learning how to hit a fade or draw then its important you consciously take in all of the information regarding your shot at hand and then decide whether you can hit your fade or draw easily.

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