3 Easy Tips to Control Fading Your Driver

By Jim McLean

Why You Should Learn to Fade

The fade driver. There are certain situations where the fade is the perfect golf shot. It could be a dogleg left to right. It could be when you want to ride the wind for more power. When you have a very strong right to left wind and you can not let the ball go to the left, maybe there is out of bounds or a lake to the left. So there can be situations where we definitely do not want the ball going anywhere right to left, we want it going left to right with a little bit of fade. Not a slice but a fade. I am going go through some of the things that you do to hit that fade driver.

How to Hit a Fade Driver

  1. One of them is tee the ball a little bit lower. That is an automatic. The lower tee will encourage a steeper angle of attack, the higher tee will allow you to get more top spin on it, more hook spin, so a little lower with the tee. Obviously with these gigantic heads we are playing with now we have to tee it up somewhat high, so that is number one.
  2. Number two, do not put your hands ahead. Keep your handle back a little bit and keep the ball a little bit more forward, maybe almost up to my left toe. Make sure that I keep the club a little bit more out on my backswing, just a little bit more out. So I have the ball a little bit more forward, that means that when I swing through my club will be starting to swing back to the left.
  3. I will also maybe firm up my left hand just a little tighter than normal so that I do not have any breakdown. I am going to aim a little bit left to allow for that fade. I am going to put the ball more forward in my stance, and then on my backswing I am going to make sure that I keep that club a little more out. Do not let it go to the inside. That should allow you to hit a slight fade out there when you need it.

About the Instructor

Jim McLean
Jim McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 800-72-DORAL