how to hit a fade

How to Hit a Fade

Hitting a fade curves the ball to the right for right-handed golfers and to the left for left-handed golfers. A fade shot has increased side spin on the ball and will not travel as far as a draw (the opposite of a fade) or straight shot. A golfer will hit a fade to play around a hazard, take distance off, land the ball softly or to follow the contour of a hole. Practice hitting a fade on the range before attempting the shot during a round.

Club Face
Opening the club face means turning the club so that the toe of the club is pointed away from your front foot. This causes the club face to impact the ball with a glancing blow, which puts sidespin on the ball. Even if you change nothing else about your swing, opening the face at address will cause the ball to fade. The more you open the face, the more the ball will fade.

Stance
Open your stance by moving your forward foot backward and away from the ball a couple of inches. This will open your hips and shoulders to the target as well. Opening your stance causes your swing plane to travel on an “outside-in” path and puts fade spin on the ball. Be sure that the club face impacts the ball with either a neutral or open position. A closed club face will cause the ball to hook in the opposite direction of a fade. To increase the severity of a fade shot, combine an open club face with an open stance.

Grip
Use a “weak” grip to produce a fade. To make your grip weaker, slightly rotate your hands counter-clockwise on the club (for right-handed golfers). You will be able to see more of your knuckles on your right hand. Make your normal swing. By weakening your grip at address, you decrease the amount of rotation your wrists, and subsequently the club head, can make through the impact zone. Your club will make impact with the ball with a more open face because you cannot fully rotate through impact. The weaker your grip, the more fade you will get. This method can be difficult to get used to because many golfers feel uncomfortable changing their grips.

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