WHY I SWAPPED A DRAW FOR A POWER FADE

The sub­tle ad­dress changes I made to im­prove my con­sis­tency off the tee could help you hit more fair­ways, too.

Golf World (UK) - - DJ’S DISTANCE SECRETS -

To­wards the end of 2015, I was strug­gling with driver con­sis­tency and nail­ing my draw, so I de­cided to start hit­ting a cut – a shot that curves slightly from left to right. It didn’t mat­ter if the hole called for a draw, I would still cut it be­cause I wanted to be com­fort­able and con­sis­tent. It paid off pretty fast. I had a few top-five fin­ishes late in the year and I kept it go­ing in 2016 when I won four times, in­clud­ing the US Open at Oak­mont. Sure, I still miss fair­ways but the misses are eas­ier to con­trol and the dis­per­sion not as wide as when one got away from me with the draw.

1

I like to set up slightly open, which means my feet aim just left of par­al­lel to my in­tended tar­get line. You want a slight curve in the small of your back and your chin set high to give your shoul­ders room to turn. This set-up au­to­mat­i­cally creates a slightly out-to-in swing.

2

I have a ten­dency to pick the club up too early in the back­swing, so while I want to keep the club­head out in front of me in the take­away, I don’t want it to move too far up and out­side the line. Get too steep here and it’s easy for that gen­tle fade to turn into a slice.

3

As I men­tioned, the bowed left wrist at the top isn’t for every­body but it works for me be­cause I’m look­ing to cut across the ball slightly through im­pact and be­cause I ro­tate my body super fast in the down­swing. If you don’t do ei­ther, this po­si­tion isn’t for you.

4

All I think about in my down­swing is ro­tat­ing my body hard and swing­ing the club down my toe line. My right shoul­der re­mains be­low my left as it fires through while my body turn will slide the face across the ball at im­pact to cre­ate that slight left-to-right spin.

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