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How to Hit Draws and Fades

I’m going to completely break some of the more technical golfer’s minds for this post.  When I tell you how to hit draws and fades:

  1. It isn’t going to be correct science,
  2. It’s probably going to make some of those science-ee teaching professionals mad, and
  3. I don’t care.  Seriously, I don’t.

The thing is, there is a really technical way to hit draws and fades.  Martin Hall (“School of Golf”) gets really into the biomechanics of hitting draws and fades.  The “right way” he calls it…  It’s really great information- it is, but how many people can it help?

If you’re really into practicing, it may be a great thing to know the in-depth mechanics to know how to hit draws and fades.  Most of us aren’t, because we have these things called lives.  Family responsibilities, job responsibilities… we just don’t have the time.

So how are you going to learn how to hit draws and fades?  When you read this, you’ll probably facepalm yourself, but that’s OK… just because something seems simple AFTER the fact, doesn’t mean it was that way before you found out.

Remember, I’m here to not just make fun of you and myself (as well as try to work in sci-fi references when I can)… I’m here to help!

 

How To Hit a Draw

This is actually more of a push-draw, which is alright because that’s the kind of desirable draws that go a little farther than normal.  It’s the kind of draw Tour pros use, which makes this tip- and me, by proxy- more awesome.

To do it, all you need to do is aim your body to the right.  If you’re a lefty, aim your body in the opposite direction, to the left.  Not just your feet, but your hips and shoulders, as well.

Now’s a good time to make something clear: the ball will always start where your SHOULDERS are pointing.  Not your feet, not your hips… your shoulders.

Keep the club’s face square to the target.  Not your new target line, but your intended landing spot.

Now, just swing the club.  You’re already set up for a natural inside-out swing path, which will start the ball right (for RH’s), while the clubface will create “draw spin”.

 

How to Hit a Fade

For a fade, you do the opposite for hitting a draw:

  • Open your stance.  Feet, hips and especially the shoulders
  • Keep the clubface pointing at the intended landing spot

This will technically create a pull-slice, with the ball starting left and slicing back to the intended target.

 

No, this isn’t some fancy golf-related techno-babble.  It’s poor “golf science”.  The reality is, it W-O-R-K-S.  And no, I didn’t make this stuff up; it’s a tip I got from Lorena Ochoa in a Golf Digest many years ago.  I figured “what the hell, it works for the #1 (at the time) women’s golfer… why can’t it work for me”?

It did, and it’ll work for you, too.

About the Author

Justin Blair is the founder of Green Lantern Golf. When he isn't bringing his 10+ years of excellent craftsmanship experience to golf club fitting, building, and repair, he's geeking out about Star Wars (he's watched them all about 8,437 times!) and things like the MCU and LOTR, he's drinking mead and craft brews. If you wanna know more, check out my About Page!

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