Add the Curve at Ad­dress

You don’t have to change your swing to hit draws or fades

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play Your Best -

nstead of ad­just­ing their swing me­chan­ics to pur­posely curve the ball in one di­rec­tion or the other, many tour pros find it eas­ier – and more re­li­able – to change their setup. Here’s how they do it.

To draw the ball (a right-to-left curve for right-handed golfers), play the ball a lit­tle fur­ther back than nor­mal, about the cen­tre of your stance with an iron and just for­ward of that for a wood. Then ad­just your stance line so it’s point­ing slightly right of the

Itar­get by drop­ping your back foot be­hind the po­si­tion of your front foot, as I’m de­mon­strat­ing (above, left).

This closed stance pro­motes a swing that moves right of the tar­get line through the hit­ting area, and the deeper ball po­si­tion keeps the club­face point­ing slightly right of the tar­get at im­pact.The ball starts right and draws be­cause the face isn’t point­ing as far to the right as the swing path – that’s the key.

The op­po­site ad­just­ments al­low you to hit a fade. Po­si­tion the ball fur­ther for­ward in your stance than nor­mal, and set your feet and body so they’re aligned left of the tar­get (above, right). This align­ment pro­motes an out-to-in swing path, and the for­ward ball po­si­tion helps get the face point­ing left of the tar­get at im­pact. As long as the face isn’t point­ing as far to the left as the swing path, the ball will start left and fade to­wards the tar­get.

Experiment with these ad­just­ments on the driv­ing range.



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