Power fade it
Why this shot can be as long as a nice draw
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.