Golf Fade Tips

By Michael Joseph

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.

Clubface

Opening the clubface means turning the club so that the toe of the club is pointed away from your front foot. This causes the clubface to impact the ball with a glancing blow, which puts side spin 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 clubface impacts the ball with either a neutral or open position. A closed clubface will cause the ball to hook in the opposite direction of a fade. To increase the severity of a fade shot, combine an open clubface 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 therefore the clubhead, 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.

About the Author

Michael Joseph is a golf industry professional in New Jersey. He has worked as a golf professional, instructor, and clubmaker. Joseph's education includes a degree in golf operations management and a certification in club-fitting from The Golf Academy of America (formally the San Diego Golf Academy). Joseph shares his golf experience and knowledge with others by writing articles for Demand Media Studios and Golflink.com.

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