OFF THE TEE
The best thing about playing a fade is that it’s reliable.The second-best thing is you really don’t have to make major adjustments to hit the shot. Keep in mind, I don’t want the ball to curve a whole lot unless the hole calls for it. More important, the way I hit a fade is not with a glancing blow across the ball. It feels really solid coming off the clubface.
i set up slightly open
with my feet, meaning they’re aligned a little left of my target (big photo, right).This puts my body in a position where I can swing on a path that’s along my toe line. In other words, out to in in relation to my target. My ball position stays the same, just off my left heel, and my grip pressure is about a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being really tight.
i get a lot of attention
because I keep my left wrist bowed as I swing to the top, but this puts the clubface in great position for me to hit that power fade, provided I swing on that out-to-in path on the way down (next page, photo No. 1). The face is closed in relation to my target, but it’s slightly open to the path, and that’s what makes it start left but curve back where I want it.
because of my bowed
wrist, I don’t have to do anything but turn my body and let my arms swing through the ball (No. 2 and No. 3).The clubface and path do the rest.
if i keep turning
into a full finish (No. 4), the ball sails. If you stop the swing short, you’ll probably hit a weak fade, or maybe even a slice. Keep rotating.