Many golfers comment on wanting to hit the ball straight. Believe it or not, this is the hardest shot to play, especially with the driver at a fast club speed.
When you watch the top players around the world, you will find that they have a standard shot that they feel comfortable with. This could be a slight face, slight draw, power fade, or a high draw. No matter on which shot selection they prefer, this is their “go to shot” which they play comfortably at any time, especially under pressure.
When hitting either a fade or a draw, you will find that the spin rate of the ball is different. The ball will normally spin more when hitting a fade over a draw, but if you have the correct shaft and loft combination, you will be able to maximize your shot.
When trying to take on a dog leg, remember that hitting a fade will give you the height you require, where a draw will make the ball dip sooner, which can make the carry of the dog leg a little harder to carry.
When deciding what type of ball flight you want to have, it is better to be a golfer who hits the ball high but can hit the ball low when needed. A golfer who naturally hits the ball low, will find it hard when attempting to hit the ball high.
My favourite shot is a high draw. I use a driver with 10.5 degree of left and a heavy shaft. This gives me the height I require and the weight of the shaft matches my swing speed which helps we acquire the spin rate to help me carry the ball further.
Which shot would you like to have in your arsenal of shots? Once you have decided which shot you want to have, make sure you find the club that encourages your swing to play the shot you want.
This next paragraph will help you hit the shot you want correctly: -
Fade: Club path left with a closed clubface. The clubface starts the ball in the direction you want the ball to start. Just make sure that your club face is not as closed as your path as this will make you hit the ball left and stay left.
Draw: Club path to the right and with a club face open. The same applies as above. Make sure that your path is further right than your club face, otherwise you will hit the ball right and keep it there.
Trackman can help you feel and see what your path and face is doing during your downswing so you can play the shots you want!