Downswing drills to hit a drawshot

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A few more simple, but effective practice drills that will help you to get rid of that slice shot and promote a more solid and longer draw shot.

Try these at home and gain a real awareness of the proper movements into impact.

DRILL 1 – THE BASEBALL STEP AND SWING

The real key to adding distance and attacking the ball from the inside, lies in the ability to move body weight effectively from back foot to front foot. When this is done correctly, your full body mass is added into the equation, thus adding more distance to the shot. Plus, you will promote a better line of attack into the ball. Try this sequenced drill below-

Stand with your feet together and move to the top of your backswing.

Holding the backswing position, step your front foot a stance width to the side and then swing to a full balanced finish.

By practicing this you will get a real sense of weight shift into the front foot and the proper kinetic sequencing of the downswing.

DRILL 2 – THE WALL DRILL

A simple solution to hitting a draw shot and also upping swing speed and power by releasing the arms, hands and clubhead more effectively on the bodyline. You’ll need an old club and a wall that is 8 or 9 feet high.

Firstly, make a full backswing and hold this position. Then back into the wall so that the clubhead touches the wall.

From here, move into the downswing, keeping the clubhead against the wall until your arms are around parallel to the ground. From here the clubhead can then come off the wall and fully release down the target line.

This drill will allow you to hold the shoulders back a little longer into the downswing, preventing you from spinning out and across the ball. Instead, you will attack the ball from the inside and hit it right to left.

DRILL 3 – DRAGGING LOW LEFT

Doing this drill will teach you to attack the ball from a long flat spot into the back of the ball. You’ll find out and discover for yourself, how to take a fine sliver of a divot like all tour pro’s, instead of one that looks like you’ve used a garden shovel.

Make a good set-up first of all and then rotate your body and clubhead 45 degrees to the right and then re-position the clubhead to the ground.

Then, lean into your front leg, adding some pressure into the club, so that the shaft flexes slightly.

From this position, drag the clubhead along the ground and through the impact area to a balanced position over your left shoulder.

By doing this drill, you will get a better understanding of the correct angle of attack into the ball and also a better understanding of how the clubhead moves with and releases correctly on the bodyline.

Groove these drills over the next few weeks and add some distance to your drives.

Michael Langford

Golf Performance Ireland

Roe Park Resort.