How to Hit a Power Fade With a Driver

By Teresa Justine Kelly

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Presumably, not every golf shot off the tee with your driver will require a square setup and a straight shot. This is where specialty shots come in handy. You may need to fade the ball to the right for conditions like driving over hazards or a fairway with a dog-leg right direction. The fade shot is just a controlled slice, or an intended, gentle shot to the right. With the correct setup, you will be able to power fade your shot off the tee, avoiding hazards and advancing your ball down the fairway without sacrificing distance.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
  1. Aim the club face of your driver toward your target.
  2. Open your stance. Your feet hips and shoulders should be aimed about six inches left of your target line.
  3. Tee the ball slightly lower than you would for a normal, straight shot. This will encourage a descending blow, forcing a left-to-right spin on your ball.
  4. Take your normal swing. This open stance setup will promote an out-to-in swing path, allowing your ball to have a left-to-right ball flight.

Tips & Warnings

  • Fading the ball is not a beginner golf shot. Once you have had a little experience golfing, shaping the golf shot will come in very handy when you need to maneuver your ball around obstacles on the fairway. Practice this shot on the driving range before taking this swing setup to the course.
  • A fade shot will drive your ball higher into the air, producing less roll on your ball. Keep this in mind when determining where you want your ball to land.

About the Author

Teresa Kelly graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She was an editor for seven years for several magazines and publishing houses. Kelly is an avid golfer, a well-known children's book and golf author, and is currently the president of Highview Press/Golfing Lady that produces all occasion golf greeting cards.