WHY I SWAPPED A DRAW FOR A POWER FADE
The subtle address changes I made to improve my consistency off the tee could help you hit more fairways, too.
Towards the end of 2015, I was struggling with driver consistency and nailing my draw, so I decided to start hitting a cut – a shot that curves slightly from left to right. It didn’t matter if the hole called for a draw, I would still cut it because I wanted to be comfortable and consistent. It paid off pretty fast. I had a few top-five finishes late in the year and I kept it going in 2016 when I won four times, including the US Open at Oakmont. Sure, I still miss fairways but the misses are easier to control and the dispersion not as wide as when one got away from me with the draw.
I like to set up slightly open, which means my feet aim just left of parallel to my intended target line. You want a slight curve in the small of your back and your chin set high to give your shoulders room to turn. This set-up automatically creates a slightly out-to-in swing.
I have a tendency to pick the club up too early in the backswing, so while I want to keep the clubhead out in front of me in the takeaway, I don’t want it to move too far up and outside the line. Get too steep here and it’s easy for that gentle fade to turn into a slice.
As I mentioned, the bowed left wrist at the top isn’t for everybody but it works for me because I’m looking to cut across the ball slightly through impact and because I rotate my body super fast in the downswing. If you don’t do either, this position isn’t for you.
All I think about in my downswing is rotating my body hard and swinging the club down my toe line. My right shoulder remains below my left as it fires through while my body turn will slide the face across the ball at impact to create that slight left-to-right spin.