How To Hit A Fade

By Steve Silverman

Learning how to hit a fade shot is a significant step for any golfer. For most golfers with a handicap of 10 or above, trying to keep the ball in the fairway is difficult enough. However, when you are altering your stance and your hitting approach you need to be an accomplished golfer who will not lose his fundamental swing after hitting a fade.


Difficulty: Challenging
Step 1
Try to hit a fade when you need to hit a shot that goes from your left to your right. It could be from the tee or the fairway. There are times when a golfer needs to shape his shot because of trees, bunkers or hazards that may be in his way.
Step 2
Take your normal stance as you line up to hit a fade. Your feet should be square to the target. But just before you complete your setup, open your stance about three or four inches. Place your club and your shoulders in the direction you want the ball to go.
Step 3
Strike the ball. It should start off by taking off in the direction that your feet are pointed, meaning it will start off going to the left. However, as it reaches its apex, it will start to bend to the right. Most beginners know that this is similar action to a slice. But a fade is not a slice because it does not curve wildly to the right. It is a controlled curve.
Step 4
Make sure your club face is somewhat open when contact is made with the ball. By aligning your feet correctly in combination with an open face on the club, the ball should fly high and land in the direction that the golfer intended.
Step 5
Do not change your grip by altering the placement of your hands or by squeezing the club any tighter. On a normal swing your grip should be about a "5" on a scale of 1 to 10. For a fade shot, that grip should remain a "5."

Tips & Warnings

Work on the fade shot at the driving range before using it in an important match or tournament.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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