Golf Tips: How to Hit Controlled Draws and Fades

By Ed Ibarguen

Golf Tips: How to Hit Controlled Draws and Fades

Golf Advantage: Controlled Draws and Fades

The last time we were together we were talking about the concept of why the ball goes where it does and we know that it is the clubface and your ability to control the clubface through impact that has the greatest effect on where that ball goes. Let's start thinking it in terms of a shot. Do I want to play a draw? Do I want to play a fade?

Hitting a Golf Fade

If you are a fader what ends up happening is that when this ball leaves the face that face is going to be slightly open, we don't want it open a lot, but slightly open to your straight plane line. That is going to get the ball to have a little bit of spin that is going to take it to the left. You can see as I am doing this, if my ball starting here and then it is sliding right I am not going to hit many greens. What we want to try to do is that if we are trying to hit a fade on purpose there is a very simple way to do it.

  • Number one is move your alignment to the left so that you are taking the same alignment you would normally but you are moving it to the left.
  • Now if you swing on a straight plane line to your alignment your swing is actually going to be moving slightly to the left.
  • Thinking of the baseball analogy, that swing is moving towards the shortstop, here comes the ball, and now that little fade is going to take it up into the target.

Hitting a Golf Draw

Let's reverse that. Let's say we want to draw the ball. A lot of people want to draw it.

  • Don't go making the mistake of putting your clubface way closed to your target, and we can see that if we get a close up of that, because what will happen is that you start here and when you come back in now you are hitting it with the more straight impact position and that means you are actually putting slice spin on it.
  • We want to put draw spin on it. That is a shot that is moving from the right a little bit to the left.
  • So again, keep it simple, your club is at the target, move your alignment in your body, you can close it down, and now you are swinging, remember your clubface is still aimed at the target.
  • Now your swing is moving from in, back across, and it is going to get that ball to start out. This time it is starting towards the second baseman and it has a spin to draw right back into the target.

I like that off the tee because when you have that draw spin going off the tee that ball is going to roll 20 or 30 yards once it hits the fairway. If you are a slicer and you want to change it back to a draw that is a great way to do it. If you are a fader and you say I have too much slice in it, you just control a little bit more by your face position through impact. Good luck.


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