Think Football Free Kick To Hit The Draw in Golf

GM Top 25 Coach, Ged Walters, advises thinking about a curling football free kick with the instep to get the feeling and mechanics of the draw in golf

Draw In Golf – Think Football Free Kick When Playing The Shot
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GM Top 25 Coach, Ged Walters, advises thinking about a curling football free kick with the instep to get the feeling and mechanics of the draw in golf

Think Football Free Kick To Hit The Draw in Golf

Checklist * Think about David Beckham’s famous curling free kick! * Right index finger must ‘win the race’ through impact * Put the ball a fraction back in your stance

 1) A draw not a hook The draw in golf moves from right to left, but it’s got to be under control - when it’s out of control it becomes a destructive hook. You want the ball to start right of target and finish on target – if it finishes left of target, that's a hook, whether it’s 10ft, 20ft, 30ft or 50 yards left. A successful draw must finish on target.

Watch: GM Top 25 coach Andrew Reynolds explains the hook shot's causes and cures

2) Bend it like Beckham The first thing to do is align the body a little bit to the right, then it’s about the correct movement through the ball. To help, I want you to think about David Beckham’s famous free against Greece back in 2001 that helped England qualify for the World Cup.

Think about how he took that free kick it – he moved his leg and foot to the right, which is the swing direction we need from the golf club, and made contact with the inside of the foot, which was pointing towards the target as he swung his foot out to the right.

The swing path must move from inside to out relative to target line to hit a draw


The ball flew up and over the wall, curled away left and into the top corner – exactly the same mechanics as hitting a draw in golf

Watch: Tour pro Andy Sullivan explains how to hit a draw and add yards to your game

3) Index finger wins A good way to demonstrate what the clubface needs to do through impact is to hold the club in just your lower hand. You’ll see that the lower hand correlates closely to the clubface. Now slide the club into the palm of the hand – if you want to close the clubface you need to get your index finger to ‘win the race’ through impact to create the desired draw spin.

The index finger on your lower hand plays a key role through impact in creating draw spin

If the base of the hand wins the race and comes in too soon, the ball will head right with a push fade or push slice. If the index finger wins the race, the clubface will be closed to your path through the ball – just what you need.

Watch: GM Top 25 Coach Barney Puttick shares his thoughts on how to hit a draw

4) Ball back a touch You want to strike the ball a fraction earlier in your swing arc too, so put the ball a fraction further back in your stance – not a huge amount, maybe a roll of the golf ball from its normal position. This will help you to hit the ball a touch earlier and create the draw spin.

Move the ball back by a ball's width to help encourage a draw

Then it’s all about tempo. Getting too fast with your body or arms will result in the relationship between face and path getting out of sync, making it hard to generate a consistent draw. Focus on keeping your arms swinging smoothly as your body turns.

Jeremy Ellwood
Jeremy Ellwood

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...