January 21, 2018

Golf Swing Tips: The Anatomy Of A Fade Golf Shot

how to hit your golf ball straight every timeOne of the best golf swing tips is to understand what causes a fade golf shot.

The reason why understanding the cause of a fade golf shot is one of the best golf swing tips is there seems to be some misunderstanding about its cause.

For example, I read an article recently that stated a fade is caused by out-to-in swing path of the club face during impact but the face of the club must be squarely aligned when it contacts the ball.

Here is the part of the article suggesting such a proposition:

“Yes. Your natural swing plane can have an effect on how you attack the ball. A little outside in and you get a fade; outside in you get a draw… so long as the face is square at impact. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it; Lee Trevino had a pretty successful career being a natural fader of the ball. Same with Jack Nicklaus- he knew he could eliminate the left side of the fairway with his natural fade, so it made attacking greens easier for him.” Read more…answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120922210039AArb0jB

If a square club face contacts a golf ball on an out-to-in swing path, a pull golf shot occurs rather than a fade.

A fade is nothing more than a slight slice. In either case, the face of the club must be open on an out-to-in swing path at impact.

On the other hand, a pull golf shot occurs when a squarely aligned club face contacts the ball on an out-to-in swing path. That is to say, that the club must be aligned squarely in relation to the the path of the club face and the path of the club face must be  on an out-to-in path in relation to the shoulders in order to produce a pull.

Even though many instructors believed that Trevino faded his ball, he actually pushed his ball. In either case of  a fade or push the ball will fly to the outside of the shoulder line.

The author of this piece is not the only one who believes a fade is caused by delivering a square club face to the ball at impact on an out-to-in swing path. Many other instructors posit the same notion.

I just thought it important to set the record straight about what really causes a fade.

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