The fade is the choice of most professionals for a reliable ball flight, including players like Tiger Woods and Fred Couples.
This type of shot is ideal for scoring as it encourages a higher ball flight, coupled with additional backspin and is easily controlled. All this considered, there is a huge difference between a fade and a slice. A slice is very much as out of control as a hook, and playing one consistently is nearly impossible.
Apart from changing your grip (which I wouldn’t suggest), the best way to play a fade is by slightly changing your swing path in relation to your alignment. First, setup to your ball normally, but align your feet perpendicular to the line you wish your ball to start. Aim your club face and shoulders to where you wish your ball to finish (your final target). Once setup, your feet should depict the line that your ball initially travels (red lines), your shoulder line and club face will depict where your ball will end-up (blue lines). Swing back and through parallel to your feet line and see the result.
If done properly, the club should come into impact on a slightly out to in path coupled with an open club face because of your shoulder alignment.
Keep in mind that without sound fundamentals this will not work. An on path swing-path is crucial, if you are too flat or too steep, your results will erratic.
In summation to hit a fade, aim your feet at the position you want the ball to start. Aim your shoulders and club face at your final intended target. Swing back perpendicular to your feet line… and voila!
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Sirshanksalot. I agree and disagree. There are really two ways to ways to hit a fade. One is more controlled and provides more subtle results. The other is less consistent results in more drastic curvature. The controlled method is simply to line your feet/body/shoulders to the left of the target (for a right hander) and open up your clubface so that it is pointing at the target. Make a normal swing along your body alignment. The ball will start in the direction of your body and curve back to the direction your clubface was pointing. The more drastic method is to open up your stance and take a weak grip on the club. When you swing the key is to lead with your hips and hold onto the club without releasing and turning your hands over for as long as possible. Something that helps your hold onto the club is to put a little forward press into your stance. This will help allow you to hold the angle created by the club and your arms through the shot. Read more about how to hit a fade and what a weak grip it at http://www.great-golf-guide.com.
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