Reason why Tiger Woods shows Fred Couples how to hit his saucy draw chip

Tiger Woods shows Fred Couples how to hit his saucy draw chip

Welcome to Shaving Strokes, a GOLF.com series in which we’re sharing improvements, learnings and takeaways from amateur golfers just like you — including some of the speed bumps and challenges they faced along the way.

Not too long ago, I got a lesson from a GOLF Top 100 Teacher showing me how to hit a high draw with my 9-iron from about 135 yards out — something I’ve never even attempted doing as a mid-handicapper who often struggles making good contact from this distance.

It was a glorious feeling.

But now I’m itching for more. Perhaps in part because of the video below, in which the GOAT Tiger Woods offers a lesson for golfers hoping to learn his famed saucy draw chip. After watching the video, every golfer can at least practice the draw-chip as part of their short game repertoire — just don’t expect to stick it as close as the 15-time major champ without hitting lots of them.

In the video above (courtesy of PGA Tour Superstore), Woods gives Fred Couples a tutorial on his sticky draw chip, which he often uses when just off the putting surface.

But before addressing your ball and hitting this type of chip, Woods says it’s important to find your landing area, utilize the size and shape of the green, envision the shot, and then go execute it.

“We’ve got close to 50 to 60 feet of green to work with,” Woods explains. “So I’m going to hit a little draw chipper here. It’s right to left, with the grain running right to left as well.

“For me, when I try to hit a draw, there are a couple things [I consider]. If I’m going to hit a higher draw, I’m going to have the face open, but I’m going to try to close it up at impact.”

For this one, because it’s a low runner, I’m going to put my [club’s] toe into the ground, hands high, aim right, and swing right,” he says. “So wherever I want the ball to start out at, that’s where I’m swinging.”

As he addresses the ball, Woods goes into more detail about how his setup should look.

“Toe in the ground, high handle, ball back,” Woods says. “If I want to hit one starting at that shadow with some draw spin, I’m going to swing out to the right where that shadow is, which produces a slight draw.”

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