Many golfers like to play a curve shot for a long smooth distance or achieve the goal he or she wants. If you have already passed plenty of time on the golf course, you have played or heard about the hook or slice shot, fade or draw shot. A lot of people talk about how to hit a fade in golf? Is it better than a draw? And many more questions about hitting a fade shot. How to hit a fade shot with irons? How to hit a fade with a driver? How to hit a fade with a strong grip? Today I am going to resolve almost all the things on hitting a fade shot.
When most of the players are working on their trajectory shots to hit around a tree or a corner to avoid the obstacle with perfection, they are going to more careful to hit a fade shot precisely. 85% of amateur golfers play left to right shot or right to left shot without knowing what he/she has done. Typically they are getting closer to a problem of hook or slice when they need to play a straight shot. Basically, a hook or slice is the extreme version of the draw or fade shot. Okay now, let’s explore how to hit a fade golf shot properly. After some time, I will run on hitting a draw, hope so. The technique I am going to discuss with you in this article applies to a right-hand golfer. For a left-handed golfer, the things are just reversed.
What is a Fade Golf Shot?
Well, some of the beginner golfers confound between fade and draw. Yes, these two are trajectory shots but with a difference in their own specifications. A fade golf shot is a curve shot that travels slightly from left to right towards the flag or destination. Although it is the best curve shot to control and a higher trajectory than a hook or draw. To play a perfect fade golf shot, it is good to work on your set up and alignment.
How to Hit a Fade in Golf Properly?
The fade or draw is basically for high trajectory golf hit. This kind of curve shot can be a weapon for them to enrich their golf score. Moreover, there are many beginner golfers who think only a draw can go further! But plenty of pro golfers prefer to hit a fade than a draw. Actually, the fade golf shot can go high than a draw shot. So for a beginner, it is good to learn and practice how to hit a fade golf shot precisely.
- A fade shot is the combination of swing path and opening clubface with a proper setup to ensure the ball flight from left to right towards the destination.
- At first, stay behind the ball and take a stance like, you are going to hit a straight shot. Place the golf ball between your feet. I mean, address the ball properly.
- Put your clubface behind the ball and inline your body (foot, hip, shoulders) towards the target as you do for a straight shot.
- Now make an adjustment for a fade. Set up your clubface a small degree left to the target. This is going to be your new stance to play a fade. This is called “opening your clubface”. Make sure about positioning of the ball slightly forward.
- As your clubface turned slightly left, so does your left foot also. That means adjusting your stance or both feet 1 or 2 inches left, put your left foot back and the right foot forward. Make a new parallel alignment with your body to the target. This is called “opening your stance” for a fade shot.
- Opening the stance will create a new swing path slightly more to the outside-in.
- After alignment of your club and stance towards the target, now it is time to weaken your grip half an inch to the left. Remember, your clubface is not aligned with your body and that is okay for a fade.
- You must swing along the line with your hips, shoulders, and feet. More specifically, swinging along the body plane.
- The sound swing for a fade ensures to move your wrist naturally and the club will go normally from open to close position. And, this impact will create some sidespin on the ball to bring back to the target.
- That means when you hit the ball with this proper stance for a fade, the golf ball starts traveling slightly left, and the sidespin (open-to-close clubface impact) brings it right back executing a perfect fade.
And, many people also want to know about how to hit a fade with irons? The above strategy is well-fit for the irons to play or create a fade.
How to hit a fade with a Driver?
The drivers are well-known for producing high-speed clubhead. And make sure to travel a ball longer and faster than any other golf club in your golf bag. The swing for a driver is slightly different from the other clubs. But for a fade, the basic things are the same.
- For a fade shot with a driver, you should tee the ball in a low position for ensuring a high trajectory hit.
- Stand tall addressing the ball and aiming left. The stance and clubface opening is the same as described above.
- Ensure your swing maintaining a rhythm and make it all body swing to produce more clubhead speed.
How to Hit a Fade with a Strong Grip?
Every golfer has their individual gripping or holding style to hold golf clubs. It is absolutely their own choice based on the comfort. A strong grip is the ‘V’ shape created with the thumb and the hands which are pointing to the right shoulder. In other words, If 3-4 knuckles can be seen on the left hand under the club, then it’s called a strong grip. A strong grip makes things easier to swing left to right. If you are someone who is struggling with slices and weak fades, this is the best solution. And, if you are willing to use your knuckles to hit a fade golf shot, then it is useful to you too.
- The basic technique to hit a fade is the same as always. Just the difference is – when you hold the iron, driver, or hybrid, make sure it is a strong grip and adjust your hold when executing a fade shot according to your stance.
A fade shot is useful in a variety of situations in playing golf. For the golfer who does not execute the flight of the golf ball, the fade shot is the best solution for him/her. Furthermore, it is not that hard to execute. At the end of the article, you must have knowledge of how to hit a fade in golf. With a little practice, you can be a master of the fade golf shot. Hitting a fade with irons, drivers or a strong grip is the exactly same. The main thing is you have to move the ball from left to right with modest practice. And slowly grab the control over the ball flight, or develop a feel of how should the ball have to be faded for a certain shot. Hope, this article will helpful for all level of golfer. So, happy Golfing!