Power fade it

Why this shot can be as long as a nice draw

Today's Golfer (UK) - - Fault Fixer -

Fault: Hit­ting the ball with an open face Fix: Keep the face closed to tar­get… but open to your swing path

For most golfers who slice, a draw be­comes some­thing of a holy grail. This is of­ten based around the no­tion that a slice saps dis­tance, while a draw adds it. How­ever, this isn’t nec­es­sar­ily true. A fade can go as far as a draw so long as you present the club­face to the ball at the right an­gle. This power fade is the achiev­able way for the slicer to add dis­tance. Here’s how it works.

X Avoid the short fade Most slicers hit the ball with the face open to the tar­get line. This sends the ball right, as well as adding loft and spin which saps power. TG TOP 50 LEE COX THE SHIRE LON­DON Coach to World Long Drive Cham­pion Joe Miller and PGA Fel­low Pro­fes­sional Go­ing straight This im­age shows the ba­sic in­gre­di­ents of a per­fectly straight shot. The club­face aim (yel­low), tar­get line and swing path (or­ange canes) are all in line with each other. Face splits paths The slicer typ­i­cally swings across the ball. To hit the power fade, you need the club­face point­ing mid­way between that swing path and the tar­get line at im­pact. Loft pre­served Ideal im­pact will present the true loft to the ball, cre­at­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate launch, dis­tance and tra­jec­tory for the club. The an­gle of the yel­low face aim tool re­veals this. Level-up at­tack De­liver the club in that po­si­tion and you will start the ball left of tar­get, while ap­ply­ing a stronger face loft. Avoid get­ting steep and you’ll find a more pow­er­ful flight.

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