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Golf Lesson: Drawing the ball – how to hit longer, curved shots

So far this year, EX’s resident golfing professional Quincy has taught us all about the flop shot, using the driver and turning triple-bogeys into pars – and now it’s time to practice drawing the ball.


Name: Quincy Quek
Age: 27
Nationality: Singaporean
Turned Pro: 2009
Best Win: 2012 Orchard Golf Championship in The Philippines
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Click through the gallery for a step-by-step guide to hitting the perfect draw

A shot that starts out right and curves to the left. A controlled hook, if you like.

If you want to hit it further then hit a draw. If you play a fade (left to right shot), the ball tends to stop quicker on the green because it spins more than a draw. I will sometimes go for a draw from the tee or on a par five when you want to chase the ball up.

Your left foot is placed slightly in front of the right foot. You’ve got to start the ball right and finish off left, so position your whole body to the right of the target. Close the face, because you’re swinging from the inside to the outside of the swing plain, so the club-face has to be square on impact.

Imagine a tennis player hitting a big fast top-spin shot; you’re essentially whipping across the ball in the same way.

Double crossing when you don’t commit 100 per cent to the shot. Standing over the ball, you might think: “I don’t reckon I’ve aimed far enough right”, or “the wind has changed, maybe the draw isn’t the right shot”. You double cross it when you try to make amends with your body movement instead of just letting the club action flow, so instead of hitting a ball that starts right and goes left, it start right and goes further right.

Be very specific. Know where you want the ball to travel on impact and where you want it to finish up. The main thing is to see the shot. If you don’t see the shot you won’t be able to hit it. A lot of players doubt themselves when they actually step up to the shot.

The big swinging draw is a shot that you play if you’re behind a tree for instance and you need to go for it. If you haven’t practiced it, or you’re not too sure how to hit the shot, then I would suggest just chipping it out or playing a low risk shot and managing the next play from there. If I’m in a position where I have to play that shot, I look at how much green I have to work with if I don’t quite pull the shot off. If there are no hazards on the right then I’ll go ahead with the shot. Then it’s a case of exaggerating everything – the feet position and the whip you try to get on the ball.

For a big slinging hook, you take a club or more up, because it’s easier to shape the ball with less loft. If you don’t believe me, try shaping a wedge. Taking more club also means you don’t have to hit it so hard and you can concentrate on the rhythm of the shot. Commit to the shot, but don’t force the shot.