Playing a Fade

Recently, many people have asked me what adjustments they should make to produce a fade. A fade is a golf shot that curves approximately 5-15 yards away from the player (to the right for a right handed golfer) and can be valuable to use. Many good golfers prefer this ball flight because it is easy to control and gives them more accuracy. When the ball lands, a fade will have spin on it that keeps the ball from rolling out farther than expected. The ball flight of a draw produces top spin that may roll out too far, ending up in the rough or hazard.

To play a fade, don’t change your grip or swing too much, this will lead to bad habits and inconsistencies in the future. Instead, there are some small adjustments in your setup to help you play a controlled fade without turning it into a big slice. When setting up to the ball, open your stance a little (aim about 10 yards left for right hand golfers) and place the ball slightly forward in your stance.

If you are a player that has a natural draw or hook, this may be tougher to do, but learning this may help straighten out a hook. These players need to set-up to the ball the same way, as well as try to swing the club more with their body. Using bigger muscles to turn the club through impact will help keep the clubface from rolling over into a closed position.

This should help give you a blueprint for how to play a fade, plus teach you why the ball curves sometimes when you didn’t intend it to. Hopefully with some practice, you may start to control the ball a little better and even have the confidence to play a fade around a dog leg at your course.

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