The Leading Edge Season 2 Episode 3
Golf Digest's Chief Digital Instructor Michael Breed tells you everything you need to know to be able to the hit the draw, whenever you need it.
Released on 2/8/2019
Welcome to Golf Digest Schools,
I'm Michael Breed and it's The Leading Edge here.
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that we're doing so keep doing that.
You know how to reach out to me
My assistant, Greg DuCharm, you know him
from the radio show.
You also know he's one of the best
young teachers in America with Golf Digest
and we're gonna be helping you figure out
how to hit that draw.
You know you want it,
well here you go.
Make sure you're paying attention.
So, what are some of the things
that are essential for us
to be able to hit the draw?
Well you first start with the start line of the shot.
In order for us to hit an effective draw,
we have to get the ball to start to the push side
of the target.
So, how do we do that?
Let's start with ball position.
If I play a shot, I've got a six iron here,
I'm gonna make this exaggerated.
I'm gonna put the ball well forward in my stance.
So when I set my ball that far forward
in my stance and I swing through,
and I hit that shot, what you're gonna notice
is A that ball cut back to the target,
but B and most importantly, what we're gonna see
is in this horizontal launch,
we're gonna see that ball started two degrees to the left.
In order for me to hit an effective draw,
I have to start that ball to the right.
If I don't start this to the right
then I'm gonna hit a pull draw, or a pull hook.
Something that is not gonna be very effective.
So I'm gonna move the ball position
back in my stance.
Now when I move the ball back in my stance
and when I ask you to move the ball
back in your stance, I want you to move it
far enough back so the ball starts
to the right for the right handed golfer.
So right here, I've got the ball,
it would appear to be very far back in my stance.
When I swing this club
and I hit that shot, now what I get
is I get a ball that's gonna start out to the right.
Let's go back up to the monitor here
and let's only pay attention to
what we're seeing with horizontal launch.
So at horizontal launch,
I got that ball to start seven degrees to the right.
Is that what we want? No.
It's probably a little bit stronger than we want
but I need to make sure that it starts to the right
so ball position has to go back.
How do we know how far back it's gonna go?
Well this is individual.
You've gotta figure that out.
When I want to get that ball to start,
I went to the right maybe two to five degrees.
So that last one, trying to make a point,
was a little bit farther back than I would do it.
So now, I'm gonna set this in this position here
and now let's see.
Now I hit that shot
and that turns over to the target
maybe just misses that target but now I'm gonna
look at the horizontal launch and see if that
gets down into that two to five range right at 4.5.
So that's perfect, that works for me.
Greg you gotta...
[Greg] Yeah, I got a question.
If you move the ball back in your stance,
are you gonna lower your ball flight?
So that's a wonderful question.
So if we move the ball back in the stance
are we gonna lower the ball flight?
Well that ball flight right there
was about 65 feet.
I didn't go at it as hard as I want.
No, what actually is gonna happen
is it's gonna change your shoulder line.
So when I have a forward ball position
and I reach to that, my shoulders are here.
What you'll notice is my trail shoulder,
my right shoulder is now just past
the center of my stance.
So when I get in here, my right shoulder
has traveled in a farther dire...
It's farther down the line.
And as it being open, hand path is gonna be over here,
ball's gonna end up going down that left hand side.
When I move it back, what it does is
it asks me to take my shoulders
and close them up and when my shoulders close up,
what ends up happening is that they're slightly
more closed when I get into the strike
and when that happens, now my path
is going a little bit out to the push side.
The ball's gonna go out to the push side
but it's not gonna have an effect
on what goes on with the trajectory of the shot.
So many of you are thinking that,
Greg obviously asking a wonderful question.
Is that gonna affect the trajectory of the shot?
Well, the answer is no.
What does affect the trajectory of the shot
is the club face.
When I have an open club face,
it's gonna go higher than if I have a square
to shut club face.
That's gonna come out lower because when I open up
that club face, I've added loft to the shot
and when I add that loft, now all of a sudden
that thing's climbing up into the air
and it's probably gonna have a little bit
more spin on it.
So the spin rate's gonna go and that's gonna help
move it up in the air.
So we want to make sure that we're getting
that ball position back.
Now, how do we go about getting that ball
to twist back to the target?
Well, there's two things I want you
to pay attention to.
One of 'em is the angle of the wrists.
So when I take the club back,
what I want to get this feeling of
is that I'm really stretching or turning this shaft.
I want to get the feeling that when I'm going back,
I'm turning the shaft this way
which would be counter clockwise
for the right handed player,
so when I go back, I'm gonna make sure
that I get that club face turned
in that fashion there.
Turn that shaft, you'll turn the club face.
So watch what happens when I do this now.
I'm just gonna show you the curve
that's gonna happen when I turn
that shaft counter clockwise.
So now what you're gonna see
is that golf ball, it's gonna be a lot stronger hit.
It's also gonna have a lot of spin to the left.
Let's take a little peek at what we got
out of the spin right now.
So now my side spin is at 1500 rpm's to the left.
So now I'm turning that over to the left hand side.
Problem is, is that my horizontal launch,
when I do that, that goes down to two right.
That's gonna start to the left
and then it's gonna spin to the left.
I don't know whether you can show
that shot again Greg or not,
but if you can, that would be wonderful
for everybody to get a peek at
how this golf ball starts out.
Now you can see it starts right,
but it's relative to the target.
It doesn't start enough right to allow
for the left spin.
So we have to figure out how we're gonna
get that golf ball to start out a little bit
more to the right.
Now, this is where the second part of this
happens or helps.
We've got the ball turning,
we've got the ball starting,
but it's not starting enough to the right.
Remember I talked to you about the trail shoulder
early on and where that trail shoulder
is in space when we have that forward ball position
versus the back ball position.
Well now what I want you to do
is I want you to focus on the trail shoulder
as it starts to come down into the strike.
What I want you to have an understanding of
or feel of is where that shoulder is
relative to the trail foot.
If my trail shoulder is up in between my feet,
that's gonna in effect take that path,
drive it down the line a little bit more
allowing for it to shut club face
so I'm gonna get a start line
that's gonna be a little bit more to the left
than I want and the ball's gonna end up
twisting to the left.
What I want to do is I want to get the feeling
that that right shoulder is now staying back
towards that right foot and as that starts
to happen, now we're gonna marry up
that horizontal launch with that curve
and that's when we're gonna start
to get a really good draw.
So, get in here, I'm just gonna work,
I'm not working on both of them at this point.
As you start making these changes,
I just want you to segment it out.
So we get used to ball position for a little bit
then we get used to wrist position for a little bit,
then we get used to what's happening
with the trail shoulder coming down to the strike.
So, we're only working on the trail shoulder
and this one, when we come down into this one,
I feel that right shoulder staying back
onto the right foot.
Now what's gonna happen is,
is that because I've worked on the things
that I'm trying to do,
now what I'm gonna end up getting is,
I'm gonna get the golf ball to have
the left spin.
That's what we saw when I did the wrist position,
but look at my horizontal launch.
Now I'm at 5.5 to the right,
so Greg can you run that again for me?
Watch what happens.
You can see that starts out well to the right
and then draws back to the target.
Excellent shot, that thing's probably
about 12 feet from the flag.
So, put 'em all together and we start
being able to get that ball to move
from right to left.
And as we start to understand these principles,
now all of a sudden we can apply them
to all sorts of shots.
Whether it's an iron shot or a tee shot
or whatever it is, the principles are still the same.
Ball position's gonna be back,
twist that shaft a little bit counter clockwise
for the right handed player
and then keep that trail shoulder back
as your coming through and what you're gonna get
is you're gonna get a shot that's gonna
start out to the right, and it's gonna have
a nice little draw to it.
Ball position back.
Wrist, shoulder, out to the right.
Now let it turn back to the flag
and Greg we're gonna play this one again
'cause this was a really, really nice shot
that I hit.
It didn't draw past the flag.
You can see it start out to the right there
and now it's twisting back to the flag.
This is another one that's probably
about 12 feet from the target,
maybe 15 feet from the target.
But you can see that twist.
That's what I want you to pay attention to,
that's how you're gonna end up making that.
Yeah, if you keep your right shoulder
over your right foot, do you worry about
hanging back at all?
Can you still transfer your weight forward
through the shot?
Wonderful, so this is a question
of how the right shoulder's gonna work effectively
or efficiently in the motion.
If my right shoulder seesaws this way,
yes, I'm gonna hang back because you can see now
when I go like this, I go into what's
a side bend, a significant side bend,
and when I get into that significant side bend,
now all my weight is hanging back
but my trail heel stays on the ground.
When this shoulder is rotating through
but staying back here, now I still have
some forward bend, I'm getting side bend,
but also it's moving in a forward direction.
It's not moving back so I'm not taking
the bottom of the arc and keeping it behind the ball,
because the shoulder's gonna be moving up.
But it's moving back in this fashion here.
It's just not going like that.
It's now going like this, it's moving out
but it's staying back and that helps
keep that low point driving forward.
So, let's try that again.
Make sure I got this in the right spot here.
Ball position goes back.
Twist that shaft, right shoulder.
Here's another really good shot
twisting towards the flag
and let's play that one again Greg,
'cause that one there is probably longer
than I was expecting to hit it.
It's gonna go past that target
but watch it go out to the right.
Now it's seeking that target.
Wonderful shot, and had I had myself
say a seven iron instead of a six iron,
that would have been perfect.
So, what do I want you to do?
What I want you to do is I want you
to understand that in order for you to hit a draw,
you have to get control over this club face,
you gotta get it into a more shut position
and then you gotta alter that path
to get that ball to start out to
the right hand side.
So, what do we do?
First start with things that you can change
when you don't have to make motion.
What we call pre-swing.
And one of the pre-swing fundamentals
when it comes to start lines is ball position.
If you watch somebody with a back ball position,
chances are as good players, they're hitting draws.
People with forward ball positions,
they're gonna tend to be playing fades.
So, look at ball position first
and then if I want to hit a draw,
I want to hit a fade, I'm gonna move the ball accordingly.
Then, I want you to understand
that we need to get control over this face.
So spinning this shaft, twisting this shaft,
that's gonna allow me to get control over a shut face
by twisting it counter clockwise.
If I'm trying to hit a fade,
I might twist it clockwise for the right handed player.
And then finally, I'm focusing on that trail shoulder,
making sure that that trail shoulder
is moving forward but staying back behind
or towards the right foot.
Instead of letting that shoulder move forward
up to the left foot.
And as I start to control this,
that's gonna help me with both face and my path.
Want to thank you all so much
for joining me here each and every week
on the Golf Digest Schools and The Leading Edge
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make sure you send those to me
I look forward to helping you in the future
and I look forward to seeing all those swings,
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We'll see you next time.