Golf Swing Tip: Draw the Ball with the Four O'Clock Aim Point Like Gary Woodland

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Symptom:  You can't hit a draw to save your life, and wonder how in the world people do hit a draw anyway.  Rather, you hit slices, and call in vain for the ball to "come back" even though everybody can see it is tailing off to the right and the only way it will "come back" is by hitting a tree...

Description:  To draw the ball, or straighten out the slice, put the number of the ball at the four o'clock position (for a right-handed player, at address), and strike the ball on the number.

Why it Works:  To hit the ball on the four o'clock position, you will need to come at it from an inside path on the downswing.  This inside path is what is needed to hit a draw.  (Or make your swing more "draw-like", which will eliminate your slice).  It helps to position the ball with the number at four o'clock, to make sure you have a very particular aiming point on the ball, as shown below:


draw the golf ball by hitting it at the four-oclock position
Strike the ball at four-oclock to impart counterclockwise spin, and right-to-left (draw) ball flight.

You can combine this tip with the two-ball drill and the throw the stick drill to reinforce the "inside path on the downswing" motion.

This is a remarkably simple tip, one that you can use on all your tee shots during your round.  You can place the ball however you want on the tee, right?  May as well make the ball number be your target and put that target at four o'clock!  Give it a try during your next round and see how it works.

The sweet-swinging Gary Woodland uses this thought as one of his three keys to hitting a high draw -- see this video where he mentions "hitting the inside of the ball" (0:53).  If he'd just set his ball up that way on the tee it might help him even more!  Have a look:



Of course, the four o'clock aim point concept works for other shots too, even when you can't put your hands on the ball to position the number. "Hit the inside of the ball" is one of the better pieces of golf advice you will ever hear.

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