How do you draw your laps

The three secrets of long drives

Hit a draw, hit parametrically, and learn how to crush a shovel.

1. Draw

A draw is a stroke in which the ball starts to the right of your alignment and rotates back to the left towards the target. To do this, your driver must swing through the ball from the inside out and the clubface must be one to two degrees closed in relation to this path. The face is then slightly open in relation to the target.

The advantage of an inside-outside lane is that the lowest point of the swing curve is shifted to the right. As a result, the racket hits the ball in the upward movement and this reduces the backward spin. Little backward spin is desirable with drives because the ball flies further and rolls out longer.

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2. Parametric striking

If you want to increase your drive length further, parametric hitting is a good choice. With a pendulum movement, you can increase the swing of the oscillation if you pull the suspension of the pendulum upwards in the downswing. This is what you do when you sit or stand on a swing, for example: you make yourself small at the turning points so that you can make yourself bigger towards the apex, which has the same effect as pulling the pendulum. Physicists call this parametric excitation of vibrations. You can check the effect of this stimulation if you hold a golf club by the handle with your thumb and forefinger and set it in motion. If you pull your fingers up near the apex, the club hits much more strongly.

In golf, this means that you have to make yourself taller as late as possible for the moment of impact. You see this movement in long drive competitions: These players sometimes straighten up so much that they lose traction when they hit the ground. This is also common on the women's tour. Almost all Proettes have both heels in the air at the moment of impact.

At the moment of impact, the body stretches

The pulling up of the swinging golf club brings more benefits the closer it takes place to the apex. After the moment of impact, of course, it doesn't help in golf. So it is important to stretch as late as possible, as quickly as possible. The shorter you are in front of it, the easier it is to stretch it. This is how you do it when you jump up: you bend your knees first. In golf one can use the ankles, knees, hips and the spine. It is best to start making yourself a little smaller in the second half of the stretch. Then you make yourself a little smaller in the first part of the downswing in order to stretch yourself explosively in the last third.
Of course, this has to be coordinated with the movement of the arms: You must not put them on now, otherwise the driver head will no longer get deep enough on the ball. So at the beginning of the downturn everything is flexed and towards the end everything is stretched.

3. Bucket squeezing

There is one more thing you can do to reduce the backward spin: You lean your upper body back in the downswing, but still bring your hands over the ball. Leaning back is called shoveling, which usually means that your hands also come behind the ball. Then your ball only flies higher, but has a lot of backward spin. That's why you have to squeeze. One actually speaks of squeezing when the hands come far in front of the ball. Here it is enough if your hands come over the ball. But that's not easy when the body leans back. The trick is to bend your wrists on the downswing. This is best practiced with short pitches: only swing halfway with little wrist angles and bend your wrists in the first part of the downswing. If you manage to do this regularly when pitching, you can also try the driver.

The angle of the wrists decreases in the first part of the downswing

Depending on how high your ball now flies, the loft of your driver may have to be adjusted. To do this, however, you have to measure the backward spin and the launch angle of your ball. There is an optimal combination of start angle and back spin for every club head speed. Golf instructors and club fitters have equipment such as Trackman, Foresight or Flightscope for this purpose. They also show you how fast your ball is. If you hit your draws parametrically and with scoop squeezing, you can hit even harder. To do this, however, you need strength and if you want to increase that, there is no way around strength training. The quickest way to gain more strength is with barbell training: exercises such as squats, deadlifts, power presses, bench presses, barbell rows and pull-ups make you stronger and faster at the same time.