If you’re going to break 80, you must put the ball in play consistently. Hitting a controlled fade can help you do that. You have more control over a fade than a draw off the tee because the ball doesn’t roll as much when it hits. The problem is that when you want the ball to fade, it doesn’t. When you don’t want it to fade, it does. Hitting a controlled fade is more a matter of getting your timing down than anything else.
Below are six keys to hitting a controlled fade:
· Tee the ball up low
· Aim your toe line slightly left
· Tilt your shoulders away from target
· Center yourself over the ball
· Shift body left and forward
· Accelerate through the shot
The key to hitting a controlled fade is having your clubface slightly open at impact. This putts sidespin on the ball, causing it to slide right. Here’s how to do it:
Tee up the ball low enough so that the driver’s top line is even with the ball’s top. At address, aim your toe line slightly left, tilt your spine slightly away from the target, and center your body weight over the ball. These changes will cause you to swing down steeply, enabling you to squeeze the ball against the clubface.
As you swing the club, shift your body slightly left and forward. These adjustments are critical. The more you shift left, the less chance there is that the clubface will close at impact. Moving forward also delays the clubhead’s release. Together, these two moves guarantee that your clubface is open at impact. Make a full finish, with your weight slightly left and your spine straight.
Learning to hit a controlled fade takes practice. So work on the shot until you’ve ingrained it. Once you’ve done it, you’ll have a great “go-to” shot that can help you find the fairway consistently and break 80.