What Is A Fade In Golf? How To Hit This Shot And Improve
There are several types of shots in the game of golf, but most types of golf shots can be categorized as follows:
It can be challenging to try and learn all the shots simultaneously. Let’s zone in on the fade shot by learning what the fade shot is, how to hit one, and how to improve upon it!
These golf terms, according to the official Rules of Golf, may help you to absorb the information presented in this article to visualize better the adjustments you need to make to learn the fade shot and improve upon it.
Addressing the Ball
"A player has 'addressed the ball' when he has grounded his club immediately in front of or immediately behind the ball, whether or not he has taken his stance." If you touch your golf ball in any other way that’s not a stroke after you’ve addressed the ball, it could result in a penalty.
The target is the direction you want the golf ball to go to reach the desired hole.
Your toes are on a line parallel to your target line (resembling railway tracks).
Adjust your feet so that your target line points further left (for right-handed golfers)
Trail Foot and Shoulder
For right-handed golfers, your trail is your right foot or shoulder.
Lead Foot and Shoulder
For right-handed golfers, your lead is your left foot or shoulder.
A slice is a golf shot that results in the golf ball curves substantially during its flight from left to right (for a right-handed golfer), typically made as a mishit.
A pull is a golf shot that starts to the left of the target and continues in that direction.
Proper Golf Stance
Part of taking a precise shot is first to ensure you are in a proper stance of golf. An adequate stance includes:
How to Control Your Golf Ball
Golf ball control is one of the biggest misconceptions about golf out there. Much like many other professional sports, people can believe that pro-golfers have some hidden power over the ball. When, in reality, pro-golfers are simply well-rehearsed in how to control their golf ball that compliments their particular style of playing.
In other words, pro-golfers find their best shot that they are comfortable with and stick to it. What does this mean? It means that you don’t need to know every single shot at any given time; you just need to know your shot.
You can control your ball by learning your shot. Instead of devoting your practice time to working the ball in every way possible, and how to control the ball in general, focus on learning that one shot that compliments your style.
However, having said that, when there is any wind, trees, or other natural barriers your shot may require adjustments. You can make these slight adjustments in the event your shot is compromised by outside factors:
What is a Fade Shot?
A fade shot in the game of golf is when the golf ball, during its flight, curves slightly to the right (for right-handed golfers) or curves to the left (for left-handed golfers). The fade shot increases the spin speed while limiting distance.
Utilize fade shots when:
Typically, fade shots are made intentionally but can also happen as a result of a mishit. Due to the level of ball control, the fade shot is used by pro-golfers as a favorite.
How to Hit a Fade Shot
The benefit of using the fade shot is that it will send your ball higher into the air than what is considered normal, but once it hits the ground, it will stop quicker than usual. The fade shot is thus regarded, consequently, as one of the more controlled shots. Furthermore, the fade shot is considered organically easier than its counterpart (the draw shot).
However, note that although the trajectory is much higher than usual, the fade shot won’t carry your golf ball far.
To swing a fade shot, place your body ahead of the club. First, you will need to set up your position:
Then, to hit the fade shot:
The golf ball should start left of the target, but should then naturally “fade” to the right toward the target.
Tips to Improve Your Fade Shot
Although most golfers tend to aim to the left of the target to pull off a fade shot, this can cause an inconsistent fade shot (especially when using wood and iron clubs instead of wedges). Instead,
Don’t just hit the ball only based on the fade shot theory. Before hitting the ball, envision what you want the ball to do from the time the ball is hit to when the ball lands. Having this clear idea will assist your body in adjusting to the proper stance.
These are a few typical mistakes made when attempting a fade shot:
Here are a few more tips to help you perfect your fade shot:
Because the fade shot is one of the most controlled golf shots in the game and will assist you in the game when there are natural hazards or barriers, you may wish to strengthen your fade shot skills.
To strengthen your fade shot skills, the timeless advice that “practice makes perfect” is applicable here. Although these tips can help you envision a proper stance and swing, only practice will make your fade shot close to perfection.
So, get out onto the course and practice your fade shot! Every subsequent shot just might come easier.
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