How to Hit a Fade in Golf like a Pro
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Sean is the co-founder of My Golf Tutor, the top golf instructional blog helping weekend golfers play better golf. He played on the Irish National team that produced major champions like Rory Mcllroy, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington, and Darren Clarke before playing professionally for 5 years around the world.
Did you know that if you execute a fade correctly, it will go just as far as a draw?
Are you having trouble hitting a fade? Are you looking for a more consistent technique?
Recently, Ryan was having difficulty with hitting a fade and wrote:
Hey Sean, I’m having trouble hitting a fade. Typically, my ball always slices when I attempt to do this. Do you have any techniques that will help me improve my consistency?
There’s a way for you to learn how to hit a fade in 3 simple steps.
I want to tell you all about it, so read on…
I would like you to picture a clock face. The target or flag is going to be twelve o’clock. This is where we want to ball to finish.
We know from the ball flight laws that the ball primarily starts where the clubface is aimed at the time of impact. In order to hit a consistent fade, I want you to aim the clubface at 11 o’clock.
This is where we want the ball to start when hitting the fade. Every time you hit a fade, the ball must start to the left of our destination, then curve back to the right.
The path of the club needs to travel to the left of where the clubface is aimed at impact, in order for the golf ball to curve back to our target, which is at twelve o’clock.
What I would like for you to imagine is pointing your clubface at 11 o’clock, standing parallel to where the face is aimed. Then, on your downswing, I would like you to imagine the path of the club is travelling towards 10 o’clock.
Now one way I would like you to try and help the club go left is by rotating my hips and torso a little bit harder and faster to create room for the club to swing around me and make it easier to produce the desired path
You see nowadays a lot of these PGA Tour players all are swinging left. Why? They are doing this so they can try and hit the ball as hard as they can and don’t have to worry about the ball ever hooking left
What they are trying to do is get their path to go to the left and keep the face slightly open to the path. This guarantees some fade on the ball all the time.
Bringing It All Together
So at impact you have a clubface pointing at 11 o’clock, and a club path that is travelling towards 10 o’clock.
This is a perfect recipe for the ball to curve back to the flag.
Practicing the Fade on The Driving Range
Now that you have a better understanding of how to hit a fade, let’s talk about how you can practice this the next time you go to the driving range and what I want you to be thinking.
-Find your target, which is twelve o’clock
-Aim your face at 11 o’clock
-On your downswing, imagine you are swinging your club to 10 o’clock
You should feel you are using the path to curve the golf ball NOT the face.
Now that you have worked on the proper feel needed to hit a fade on the driving range, let’s talk about taking it to the golf course.
Let’s Take The Draw to the Golf Course
On the golf course, this concept is not going to be as extreme or exaggerated as our previous example on the driving range. What you have practiced on the range is designed to help you have a better understanding of how to hit a Fade.
We are still going to point the face where we want the ball to start and continue to swing the path to the left of that. Most of the time when we are on the course we are only trying to hit a 3-5 yard fade. Aim the face to where you want the ball to start, take your set up, swing the club to the left of where the face is aiming and let it curve back to your target.
Basically, what we are going to do is we are going to aim the face four yards left of the target and we are going to feel we swing our path eight yards left of the target.
To Recap How to Hit a Fade…
The fade is a great shot to have and some of the top players in the world call this their “go-to” shot under pressure.
Follow these 3 simple steps to hit that draw…
-Pick your target
-Aim the face where you want the ball to start
-Swing your path to the left of that
Do you know someone who is having trouble hitting a fade or tells you that if you hit a fade it will not go as far as a draw?
Send this video link to them so that they can see how much easier it is to hit a fade with these 3 simple steps.