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How to Hit a Fade in Golf like a Pro

easily learn how to hit a fade in golf

Did you know that if you execute a fade correctly, it will go just as far as a draw?

Are you having trouble hitting a fade? Are you looking for a more consistent technique?

Recently, Ryan was having difficulty with hitting a fade and wrote:

Hey Sean, I’m having trouble hitting a fade. Typically, my ball always slices when I attempt to do this. Do you have any techniques that will help me improve my consistency?

There’s a way for you to learn how to hit a fade in 3 simple steps. I want to tell you about it, so read on…

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 First Step

I would like you to picture a clock face. The target or flag is going to be twelve o’clock. This is where we want to ball to finish.

controlled fade

Second Step

We know from the ball flight laws that the ball primarily starts where the club face is aimed at the time of impact.

In order to hit a consistent fade, I want you to aim the club face at 11 o’clock.

hitting a fade

This is where we want the ball to start when hitting the fade.

Every time you hit a fade, the ball must start to the left of our target,  then curve back to the right.

Third Step

The path of the club needs to travel to the left of where the club face is aimed at impact, in order for the golf ball to curve back to our target, which is at twelve o’clock.

What I would like for you to imagine is pointing your club face at 11 o’clock, standing parallel to where the face is aimed.

Then, on your downswing, I would like you to imagine that the path of the club is traveling towards 10 o’clock.

fade shot

One effective way to help the club go left is to rotate your hips and torso a little bit harder and faster; this will create room for the club to swing around your body and make it easier to produce the desired path.

Today, you’ll see a lot of PGA Tour players swinging left.

Why?

They are doing this so that they can hit the ball as hard as they can and not have to worry about the ball hooking left.

What they are trying to do is to get their path to go to the left and keep the club face slightly open to the path. This will allow the ball to fade.

Bringing It All Together

So at impact, you will have a club face pointing at 11 o’clock, and a club path that is traveling towards 10 o’clock.

This is a perfect recipe for the ball to curve back to the flag (i.e. 12 o’clock).

Practicing the Fade on the Driving Range

Now that you have a better understanding of how to hit a fade, let’s talk about how you can practice this the next time you go to the driving range and what I want you to be thinking.

  • Find your target, which is twelve o’clock
  • Aim your face at 11 o’clock
  • On your downswing, imagine you are swinging your club to 10 o’clock

 

You should feel you are using the path to curve the golf ball – NOT the face.  Now that you have worked on the proper feel needed to hit a fade on the driving range, let’s talk about taking it to the golf course. 

 Let’s Take The Fade to the Golf Course

On the golf course, this concept is not going to be as extreme or exaggerated as our previous example on the driving range.

What you have practiced on the range is designed to help you have a better understanding of how to hit a fade.

We are still going to point the face where we want the ball to start and continue to swing the path to the left of that.

Most of the time, when we are on the course, we are only trying to hit a 3 to 5 yard fade.

We are going to aim the face four yards left of the target and we are going to swing our path eight yards left of the target.

I explain it in real time in this video on how to hit a fade in golf.

To Recap How to Hit a Fade in Golf…

The fade is a great shot to have and some of the top players in the world call this their “go-to” shot when under pressure.

Follow these 3 simple steps to hit that fade:

  • Pick your target
  • Aim the face where you want the ball to start
  • Swing your path to the left of that

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  • Mike November 18, 2014, 4:00 pm

    Sean,

    I have a problem that has been getting worse and that is hitting most shots off the toe.

    I have adjusted this on my woods by addressing the ball toward the heel of the club and this seems to work. However, I’m reluctant to do this on my irons for fear of shanking. I thought it was a result of standing up through impact and I have worked on that but I was hoping you might have a solution
    Thank you,
    Mike

    • Sean McTernan November 27, 2014, 8:02 pm

      Couple of things to check Mike, are your irons custom built for you? They could possibly be too flat, or maybe they are too short for you? Make sure you address this before you start trying to make any changes.
      Check the distance you are standing from the ball, maybe you are standing too far away for your iron shots?
      If you are “standing up” through impact, I want you to embrace this feeling. The feeling of “standing up” through impact is you tapping into a natural power source, one thing to watch is that you’re not standing up too early, it’s a timed release of your posture.
      A drill I want you to try is, place two tees either side of the golf ball, just wide enough for the club head to fit through. Hit balls avoiding the tees. (place the inside tee a little lower so the hosel won’t hit it every time) I think using this drill will help improve your awareness of where the club head is in space, and more importantly the sweet spot, and this will improve your feel for centered strikes. Give it a try and let me know how it goes.

  • Alex June 20, 2015, 3:46 pm

    I’m ready to fade the golf ball like a pro now, thanks Sean!

  • Carter DeSouza July 26, 2015, 5:02 am

    Hi, Sean,
    I have been struggling of the tee. I am 14 years old and hit the ball plenty far for being my age with an average driver of 270-280. I am having trouble though when I try to hit a straight shot to a controlled fade. I have videoed my swing and I don’t come over the top enough to contribute to the massive 20-30 yard fade I experience. I have tried to follow the steps in this video to calm it down but it isn’t working. I know that when I hit a draw I have to consciously close the club face a little to get the draw because it will end up being a big push fade but should I work on closing the club face a little more to get that controlled fade? Thank you

    • Sean McTernan July 29, 2015, 12:36 am

      First thing to ask yourself… is the ball starting where you want it to for your fade? If it’s starting too far right then you need to get the club face aiming more to the left at impact in order to get the ball started where you want i.e. you will have to close/rotate the face more to get the face in the correct position. One other reason why you could possibly be fading it so much is because you are hitting it out of the HEEL of the club. I hope that helps

  • Lucille October 20, 2015, 10:00 pm

    I like this post, enjoyed this one thanks for posting .

  • Neal bocian February 21, 2016, 10:39 pm

    Love your posts- on hitting a power fade as a lefty- are the shoulders also aimed like your feet to 1 o’clock or are they squared to the target line, even though the club path is aimed to hit at 2 o’clock ??

    • Sean McTernan February 22, 2016, 2:02 am

      For the shot you’re playing, aim the face to 1 o’clock, aim your feet and shoulders to 2pm. The will be parallel. Swing along your body line and try to have club face return to the same position at impact that it was at for address.This would be the easiest way.

      In this video I’m encouraging players to manipulate the swing a little bit in order to get the desired path. It’s simply just another way to do it. Try what I wrote above and hopefully it will keep things simple.

  • Neal Bocian March 3, 2016, 9:29 pm

    Last question on hitting a fade- should your swing be more upright vs flatter? I like the answer you gave me about setting up and swing path- how about this one- thanks Sean!!

  • sam May 11, 2016, 1:00 pm

    how to hit a fade,
    where was the ball at your feet? back in your stance or middle of stance or forward?

    • Sean McTernan May 11, 2016, 10:45 pm

      For this club it was in the middle of my stance, if I was using a driver for example, I’d have the ball placed forward in my stance closer to my left heel.

  • Brad Eubanks May 21, 2016, 1:54 am

    My son suffers in his game from hitting snap hooks with his driver. Do you have drill or video he can try or view?

    Thank you

  • John January 8, 2017, 4:46 pm

    Have been attempting to begin hitting a fade. My normal shot has been a draw through the years, however my big miss has become a big push. I have also used a consistent ball position just inside my left foot and a neutral grip. My question is should I change the grip or ball position for the fade? I am 65 years old, and a 14 handicap.

    Thanks.

    John

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