Playing The Fade Shot

During this lesson we will be discussing the biomechanical changes that you need to make when Playing the Fade Shot.  So, that by the end of the lesson you will understand the technical requirements for the fade shot.

What You Will Learn

  • How to change your set up to hit a fade shot
  • Set up of a practice area
  • Ball to target line
  • Club face angle
  • Foot target line

What You Need

  • A media device mobile, tablet, laptop or computer
  • Internet connection
  • Practice area or driving range
  • Golf balls
  • Tour sticks x 3
  • Golf club 7-5 iron

Playing the Fade Shot


The aim of the shot is to hit the ball with a fade trajectory towards your chosen target.  This trajectory sees the ball move in the air from left to right.


You might need to use this type of shot due to a dog leg on the hole or to manoeuvre the ball towards your target missing one of the course hazards like a tree.


Set up Adjustments When Playing the Fade Shot


So, to make the ball fade in the air you need to make some adjustments to your set up.  There are a number of ways that a fade can be achieved.   We have used the Trackman Technology to formulate these adjustments.  This is because they require minimal changes to our set up to produce the fade.


The set-up changes required to hit the fade shot are:


  • Your ball to target line is that which goes through the ball and on towards the target
  • Your club face should be about 2” closed to the target line through impact
  • To make the ball draw you must start it off to the left of your target
  • The foot, target line should a further 2” outside of the club face line
  • Your knees, hips and shoulders should be parallel to the foot line
  • Your grip and swing should be unchanged
  • Your swing tempo should be the same as normal
  • To work a fade shape, you need to make these slight adjustments and be focused on delivering the club head at the right angle through the hitting zone


Club Selection when Playing the Fade Shot


When you are playing a fade shot the ball will not go as far as a straight of draw shot, for any given club.  So, you will need to adjust the club accordingly.  As a generalisation 1 club would be about right.  For example, if you hit your 7 iron 140 yards normally, it would probably go about 130 when fading the ball.


What’s Next


The next lesson in the Advanced Shot Coaching Plan is the Playing the Low Shot.

Next Lesson – Playing The Low Shot

During this lesson we will be discussing the biomechanical changes that you need to make when Playing the Low Shot.

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