OFF THE TEE

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

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.

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