One of the important skills in golf is having the ability to shape your golf ball. Every round we are faced with scenario where hitting a fade or draw would be the best shot. Having the ability to shape the ball is, in my opinion, the most difficult skill to master. I have worked at mastering such shots, but I am not sure I can consider myself skilled. I can shape the ball, but not always on demand and not always with control. Shaping our golf ball for success requires more than just a practice.
If you check out the videos on YouTube on how to fade or draw the ball, you will find more suggestions than a strawberry has seeds. As I looked over the plethora of hints, I found one that works for me most of the time. I am not suggesting this is the only answer, but it does off something simple that we can practice and duplicate.
I find it interesting that because I am a low handicapper, some people I play with automatically assume I can shape the ball. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. I traditionally hit the ball straight. My errors are either a pull or a push, but they travel straight. I do fade or draw the ball from time to time (okay slice or hook) and live with the results. As funny as this might sound, hitting the ball straight is great, however it does not always offer the best shot into the green.
At Osprey Links Golf Course, holes 13 and 14 require a draw and fade respectively off the tee. I have tried many times to play the right shaped shot off the tee with a modicum of success. Failing to properly shape the ball off the tee leads to trouble more often than not. So, I generally club down or bail out. Who needs to be hitting a recovery shot on short par 4s…..right?
Being able to shape the ball in golf is a very important skill. It is a skill I continue to work on in order to improve my ball striking. There are many different ways to hit a draw and adjusting your ball position might be the tip that works for you.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!