Jack Nicklaus once said that “the toughest shot in golf is the one that’s perfectly straight”. This reminded me that golf is not a game of perfect. In fact the go to shot is to hit a draw. When I first started looking at trying to break 80, I wanted to have a perfect swing where my clubface and path were both square at impact. Perfect zeroes on my simulator was my goal to improvement. In reality, I needed to hit a draw. The perfect swing was actually not perfect at all. Instead of zeros, what should my Optishot stats look like for that slight draw?
Why You Should Hit A Draw?
Tiger And The Go To Shot:
The Article: Is Zeroing Out Hurting Your Scorecard?
The Go To Shot – Hit a Draw
Both these readings illustrate that it is not about the straight shot but it’s about the “Go To Shot”. The straight shot is the most difficult and may not be the best strategically. In the “Big Miss“, Tiger works to avoid the shot that is going to get him in trouble. He wanted to avoid the miss that would cost him strokes. Ben Hogan also talked about this when discussing his swing and would hit a draw in the process. He said “you only hit the ball straight by accident…so you better make it go one way or the other”.
Recently, I came across the article by Kyle Morris in which he goes into the reasoning behind NOT ZEROING your clubface and path. In other words, you should have a swing in which the clubface and path produce either a slight draw or fade. The goal of your shot is to have the ball “consistently moves the ball towards the target, and rarely ever passes across the target”. You need to develop a “go to” shot that attacks the pin from one side. This eliminates the big miss on both sides of the fairway or green.
Hit a Draw
After thinking about the readings, I decided to have a swing in which I would hit a draw. So what are the numbers that I should be looking for in my swing analysis? I found a great article by Sean Foley (#11 on the top 50 instructor list) that explains that you need a slight in/out swing (3.95˚) and an open clubface (2˚) to produce a slight draw. These will be the optimal numbers I will look for on my Optishot Golf Simulator.
The 3 Important Stats
#1 Clubface Angle
#2 Swing Path
(Slight Inside/Out or 3.95°)
(Center of the Club)
In my practice sessions I will strive to hit a draw that moves towards the target and has these stats:
|Clubface Angle||Swing Path||Contact|
|2˚ Open||Slight Inside Out|
Where To Find The 3 Swing Stats On Your Optishot?
To access your swing stats, click on >”Menu” > “Swing Statistics”. Here you can see club, time period (current), the number of swings and all our averages. Focus on the clubface, swing path, contact averages. You can also see individual shots by clicking > “Edit” button at the bottom.
For more information on these stats click HERE
Practice Makes Perfect
After you set up your Optishot Golf Simulator and begin your practice sessions, look for the 3 stats above. Try to get as close to those numbers as possible and you will see improvement in your scores. If you are not seeing those stats look to make adjustments in your swing based off your stats.
You can find how to do this by going to HERE.