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How Do I Hit a Fade ?

Initial 'Launch Direction' is dictated by the 'Face Angle' and not the 'Club Path' . As a rule of thumb in terms of initial 'Launch Direction' the influence is as follows

85% Face : 15% Path with a Driver, and 75% face : 25% Path with an iron.

Fredrik Tuxen Trackman

How do I go about hitting a Fade ?

Bearing in mind a Fade means that you start the ball somewhere to the left of the

intended target, and curve the ball from there towards the intended target on an arc. To be able to do this the Club Face needs to be open to the Club Path while

at the same time being closed to the intended target to produce the Fade.

In simple terms this means that the Club Path needs to be Out to In to help

accomodate the desired Fade ie aiming more to the left of target than the club

face is, which is also aiming left of target. Hitting a Fade is on the whole easier to do for the average player than a Draw. Standing open, opposed to square can only make it easier to fade the golf ball. The feeling of swinging to the left / out to in will also help the ball to fade, as will having the ball positioned to towards the left side of the stance.

It is recommended that you practice hitting fades ( as well as draws ) on the driving range to build up confidence so that you can do it out on the course.

It is certainly to your advantage out on the golf course to have the ability to hit

fades with both the irons and the driver.

If you live in the Perthshire area, Scotland come and see me for a golf lesson at

Pitlochry Golf Range & Academy I would be happy help you to improve your

golf game. Pitlochry lies slightly to the north of the city of Perth. I have been

trained and certified by both Trackman University & The Titleist Performance Institute.


Graeme Leggat PGA Advanced Golf Professional

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