Nick Bayley is the author of the highly successful “Draw” System which has been used by over 5000 golfers to hit the ball further, straighter and more consistently. And Nick was recently interviewed by The New Zealand Golf Gazette where he shared his secrets to fixing the dreaded golf slice.
Golf Gazette: Hi Nick, and thanks a lot for agreeing to do this Interview. So let’s get straight into it. Why did you create a system to fix golfers slice and how long did it take to put together?
Nick: The reason I created The “Draw” System was because one day I was surfing the web and I saw a statement that said “85% of golfers slice the ball.” Seeing that statement stopped me dead in my tracks and I decided right then and there to do something to help as many golfers as I could to fix this problem. Because being able to consistently draw the ball is easy, BUT it’s only easy if you’re shown how. Like anything, if you don’t know how to do it, or have never been shown then of course it’s hard or difficult.
From the point of seeing that statement on the web it then took me 3 solid months to create and test what I believe is the best step-by-step “How to Fix Your Slice System” in the world.
Golf Gazette: So what does a golfer need to do to hit consistent draws?
Nick: From all my testing and research it has become very clear to me that all that is required to consistently draw the ball is the following three things.
1. A golfer needs setup for a draw, and 2. Swing from the inside while contacting the ball with a slightly closed clubface, and
3. Have equipment that encourages a draw.
And although it’s possible for a golfer to draw the ball with only two out of these three things being correct, I’ve found that if a golfer wants to consistently draw the ball then they must combine all three perfectly.
Golf Gazette: Clearly you think it’s so easy to fix a slice so why do so many golfers suffer from this problem?
Nick: I believe the main reason is because most of golfers are only ever shown a fraction of what is needed to hit consistent draws. As I’ve said, a golfer needs to setup for a draw, swing from the inside while contacting the ball with a slightly closed clubface and have equipment that encourages a draw. And my system teaches each of these elements in great detail. In essence, my system is giving golfers the complete solution rather than just tips that may or may not help.
Golf Gazette: Apart from the obvious advantage of hitting the ball straighter after fixing a slice is there any other advantages?
Nick: I read some interesting research that Golf Digest did back in 1981 to find out the difference between a fade and a draw. They setup a driving machine to hit draw and fade shots and from their scientific tests they found that on average a draw goes 17 yards further than a fade shot. And it doesn’t take a genius to work out that a slice is going to go even less distance than a fade shot! From the golfers who have tried The “Draw” System this 17-yard increase in distance is conservative, very conservative. Because I’ve found that when a golfer changes from one who slices the ball to one who draws the ball they get a huge increase in confidence. And this huge increase in confidence combined with the change in ball flight from a fade/slice to a draw is gaining most golfers an extra 25-30 yards more distance!
Golf Gazette: Your system has a pretty amazing guarantee but could you explain in more detail what exactly it is.
Nick: Sure, I guarantee this system will fix any golfers slice in 90 days. If it doesn’t then the golfer can send it back and they’ll get their money back with no questions asked plus I’ll pay them an extra $35. That’s how confident I am that it works. And through my follow up with golfers who have tried this system I’ve found that it generally takes most golfers about 30 days to consistently draw the ball. But having said that, the other day I received an email from a customer in Palmerston North, New Zealand who had never, ever drawn or even hooked a ball in all his 7 years of playing golf. And just 10 days after getting my system and following the instructions I recommended he was drawing his shots 70% of the time. And this helped him to win a prize for longest drive, nearest the pin and lowest gross in the first competition he played in after receiving the system. As you can imagine he was pretty excited about all of this and it was a great start for my day getting an email like that.
Golf Gazette: Do you have any other success stories you can tell us about?
Nick: On my website I have over 140 customer comments from golfers in over 21 different countries. And I have more success stories and more coming in daily. But one of the success stories I like the best is from the manager of the Two Under Club here in New Zealand who has been playing golf for some 31 years now. And like many golfers he has sliced the ball since starting to play this great game. He tried my system and is now consistently drawing the ball, which he is both amazed and delighted about.
Golf Gazette: So what exactly do you get people to do in this system of yours?
Nick: On the first four days of the system I teach golfers each element of the setup needed to consistently draw the ball. Then on day five I get the golfer to combine all these elements into one simple setup position that encourages them to draw/hook the ball. Then for the next 14 days I give golfers drills that teach them each stage of the swing from the take-away to the follow-through. You see I’ve found that getting golfers to do drills that force them to do a part of the swing correctly is the quickest way to change a golfers muscle memory. Theory is all well and good but if a golfer can’t feel what they should be doing then all the theory in the world will be of no use to them. After completing all the drills the golfer is then given advice on little things they can do with there equipment to encourage a draw. Plus they are given simple tests that quickly show if their equipment is encouraging or hurting their chances of hitting consistent draws. Most golfers find that they have to do very little if anything to their equipment to help them draw the ball. But for others their equipment will never allow them to hit consistent draws and learning that this is the case can literally save golfers years of frustration and heartache. And finally on day 21 the golfer is shown a setup position that encourages a consistent, powerful draw and given advice on what they should keep doing on a consistent basis (drills etc.) to reinforce what they have done over the past 21 days.
Golf Gazette: It sounds very detailed. How much are golfers meant to practice this to ensure they fix their slice?
Nick: I recommend that golfers spend at least 15 minutes on each daily exercise to fix their slice after 21 days. Also 90% of everything in the system can be done at home so there’s basically no need for practice facilities other than a place to hold and swing a club.
Golf Gazette: Are you serious? With only 15 minutes a day for 21 days someone can fix a slice they may have had for 30 years or longer?
Nick: Absolutely. It’s not the time so much as the sequence that a golfer learns all the steps. It’s like building a house. You don’t start with the roof, but instead you build a solid base and foundation. The same is true in the golf swing. Start at the setup, then the swing, then the equipment. And if golfers are given a simple plan to follow that is based on sound fundamentals, then there is no way anyone can fail.
Golf Gazette: Sounds great. How can golfers get more information about this new golf system?
Nick: Any golfer who is interested in this golf system can get more information at my website: The Draw System
Greens and fairways,
Note: this illustrated golf instruction is just one golf pro’s advice. You will find that you can hardly get any two golf teachers to agree on anything with regard to what the proper swing is let alone how best to teach it. The following illustrated golf swing lesson can be a good starting point in your quest to create a good swing or if you are more advanced, may help you make that little tweak that can help you get to the next level. If you want to check out a new highly rated total swing system, my top recommendation is
Illustrated golf instruction for the basics of the swing by Joe Novak. Written for right handers.
In the making of every golf shot, there are two parts. First – Assuming the proper position to the ball – This means:
Once this starting position is established, the second part of the golf shot consists of the actual stroke, that is, the actual swing of the club.
To each of the above two parts, there are four distinct moves, and if these moves are followed in the step-by-step procedure in which they are going to be presented, there will be no difficulty in learning and acquiring a perfectly natural, efficient golf swing in very short order.
Let’s learn the 8 moves (Double 4) that can create a perfect golf stroke.
Step 1 instruction – Place the club behind the ball, using the left-hand only.(Illustrated below-D: strong left position, E: weak position)
If there is any one thing that is important in a golf shot, it is the way in which the left hand works. As a matter of fact, it will be learned that the left hand action is the very crux of every golf shot. Actually, the left hand has a triple duty in a golf shot:
The proper position of the left hand on the club is as follows: the hand is more or less on top of the shaft. When it is in the proper position, three knuckles of the left hand are in clear view when the player looks down at his hand and the left thumb is at a point more or less behind the shaft.
Step 2 – Place feet in position
The proper place to stand is in a position where the ball will be opposite the left heel. A line running from the ball to the inside part of the left heel will be at right angles to the line of the shot. The feet should be so placed that the toes of both feet are parallel to the line of the shot.
This position is to be assumed on all shots and with all clubs. (editor’s note: many golf instruction professionals advocate this for the driver and then moving the ball back as you graduate to more lofted clubs.)
The feet should never be wider apart than the width of the shoulders. In other words, always use a narrow, rather than wide stance because with the narrower stance it is easier to shift the weight to the right foot for the upswing and reshift it to the left foot for the downswing.
golf grip fundamentals Step 3 – Complete grip by bringing the right hand to the club.
When the right hand comes to the club it assumes a position on the club which is directly opposite the position of the left hand. Whereas the left hand is definitely on top of the club handle (illustrated far left), the right hand assumes a position more or less underneath the club. (editor’s note: this will help most beginning golfers avoid the typical slice, hookers might turn their hands more counterclockwise)
When placing the hands on the club be certain that there is no tenseness or tight grip. Any sense of holding or gripping the club should be confined to the front part of each hand, to the first two fingers and thumb. The thumb of the left hand fits naturally into the hollow of the right hand palm and in a perfectly natural way the overlapping grip is created.
See golf grip instruction page for more detail and tips
Step 4 – Turn or flip the right heel out slightly
In a normal foot position it is generally natural to stand with both toes turned out slightly (illustrated second from left). This fourth and final move is to flip or turn the right heel out slightly so that a pigeon-toed effect is created on the right foot. (illustrated far right, compare it with other right heel pictures above)
The purpose of this move is twofold: first, this outward flip of the right heel places the right foot in a much stronger position for the backswing, and also makes it easier to shift the weight to that foot. Secondly, when the backswing is made, that is, when the club is raised to the top of the swing with the right side, it will be found that because of this outward flip of the right heel, there is a greater freedom in the vicinity of the right hip and throughout the entire right side of the body. This makes it easier to raise the club naturally and to take it back on the inside.
Additional setup tip:
Good golfers all assume a sort of “sit-down” position, whereas many novices in golf act as though their club were too short and seem to bend forward from the waist as they prepare to make the shot. This bending forward straightens the knees and really locks them tightly so that any sense of footwork or shifting of weight is impossible. From the sit-down position the good golfer assumes his knees are easy and relaxed so that footwork and weight-shifting can be done easily. Learn to get the sit-down effect rather than the straight locked knee effect.
Fundamental golf instruction
Step 1&2 – Create proper weight shift and balance starting with a forward press then reverse press
Do not walk up to a golf ball and plant both feet solidly on the ground with weight evenly divided, because you will be really locking up and thereby destroying all chance of an easy, natural swing. All good golfers change their weight from their left foot to the right foot with a distinctive one-two move, the forward press, also called a zigzag movement. The forward press is a slight forward motion, a slight forward bending of the right knee.
This forward kick with the right knee enables the player to do a “reverse press, ” a reversing of the knee positions, whereby the player can balance himself on his right foot and right leg, so that the upswing of the club can be made with the right side of the body. And I want to say emphatically that if there is any trick to making a good golf shot, it is exactly this trick of getting onto the right leg and right foot before the club is picked up on the back swing. From the forward press, there is an easy natural opportunity, a natural impetus to make move 2, which is to reverse the knee positions, and through this reversing of the knees, transfer or shift the weight to the right foot. (All during steps 1 and 2, the clubhead remains on the ground and so do the heels of both feet)
This Step 2 is actually the key move to good golf, because it opens up the way and makes it possible to raise the club to the top of the swing in an easy natural way.
Let me issue a warning. Do not let the importance of this lead you to any exaggeration because an overemphasis of these 2 first moves can produce a reverse effect; causing the weight to reverse back to the left foot. With good players, steps 1 and 2 are done with such nicety and finesse that, to an untrained eye, these moves can and do go by unnoticed.
Step 3 – The player raises the club to the top of the swing.