We are asked all the time how to fade the ball, well let me make one thing clear, a fade is nothing but a perfectly straight ball that falls to the right. Now often times people think a fade is a ball that is curving to the right, or slicing, but that is not what good players do. They want to fade the ball to make it move towards the target but it does not curve. You can not control a curve.
How to Make Your Ball Fade to the Right
The way you hit a fade is that when you line up to the target, line up about 10 yards left of the pin. As I set up to the flag with my feet, and hips and shoulders all square on the line parallel to the left of the flag, all I do to fade the ball is simply set my front foot back, drop it and set it in an open stance
. I want to just do it in my toe and in my foot, because what happens is that it allows me to get out of the way a little quicker with my left side, which makes me slightly across the ball, which makes the ball actually move a little to the right.
But understand, that is done just by slightly setting open in the left toe. You still release your hips and shoulders, you still release the club, but because the left foot is turned out it allows the left hip to get out of the way a little quicker and it just makes the ball move to the right. You come across the ball just a little but it is not a wipe across or glancing blow that causes an angle.