With a fade, the ball curves gently from left-to-right (for right-handers), moving toward the target after starting out left of the target line. The fade is a great shot to be able to play on command in order to better attack a pin or fairway, or to get around hazards.
Playing a Fade
There are two good ways to play a fade:
- Set up with the clubface aimed at the target.
- Align your body, including your feet and shoulders, slightly left of the target (be sure to keep the clubface aimed at the target). This will create a slightly glancing blow, putting a clockwise spin on the ball.
- Make a normal swing along your body-line with no effort to alter your swing.
- Set up with your feet, shoulders and clubface all aimed left of your target.
- Take your swing. Through impact, get the slightest feeling of holding the clubface "off," keeping it slightly open through the hit. Look for a slight turn of the ball left to right.