How to Fade a Golf Ball

By Steve Silverman

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Golfers who have built a solid swing and have a good foundation for the game also need to learn new shots that can lower their score and make their round of golf more productive. One of those shots is a left to right shot that is called a "fade."

To the beginner, a fade looks very much like a slice, which is a poorly hit shot that goes left to right. A fade is a controlled shot that goes left to right helping the golfer reach the green or at least have an easier set up for the following shot.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
  1. Address the ball as you would normally, with your left shoulder facing the middle of the fairway and your left foot underneath your left shoulder. Open your stance by moving your left foot 4 to 6 inches to the left.
  2. Open the club face so that it is pointing in the direction you want the ball to end up. Take a practice swing.

    By changing the angle of impact, many golfers think they have to hold the club tighter than normal. That is not true. Do not hold the grip any tighter. Keep the grip at a "5" on a scale of 1 to 10.
  3. Bring the club back and then bring your hips through the hitting zone, making contact with the ball while pointing the club face in the direction you want the ball to end up. Your ball should take off to the left (the direction your feet are pointing), but it will end up in the direction your hands finish (to the right).
  4. Practice hitting the fade at the driving range. This is a difficult shot to master and it is far better to practice it 10 or more times on the range before you break it out during an important match or tournament.

Tips & Warnings

  • Picture the flight of the ball in your mind before you hit it. Once you visualize it, take one practice swing and then hit the ball.
  • A fade shot is a good shot to use on holes that curve (dogleg) or when you find yourself in trouble in the rough.