What is the Fade?
It’s a golf shot where the ball acquires a gentle effect to the right when descending. The ball needs to come out of the stroke on the left of, and end up in, our objective.
Unlike a slice, it is a controlled stroke and is made to be able to reach our objective. The slice is a deliberately bad stroke with a lot of curve to the right and it crosses the line of play.
The body points to the left to get the Fade
Normal golf posture
When is the Fade used?
The effects in golf are usually used in function with the route of the holes, the position of the flag on the green, the position of the trees and the conditions of the course (hard, soft, windy)
In this case the fade allows us:
1. To make a dogleg to the right.
2. To attack a flag placed to the right on the green.
3. and the fade allows for better braking of the ball, so we also use it to attack a green that is hard or sloped.
How do you make the fade?
There are two technical factors to be respected:
1. The follow through of the club has to go to the left of the objective.
2. A face of the club to be oriented to the right of the impact.
The mixture of these two factors is what allows the ball to come out of the stroke on the left of the objective and to have the curve to the right. There are several ways to achieve these two technical points. The most classic would be facing with the whole body to the left of the objective, aiming the club face at the objective with the ball a little more forward in the stance.
The most important thing once we are in our stance is to make our swing towards where we aim; in this case, to the left.
With these two simple modifications it is enough to make a nice fade. This type of stroke, as we always comment, can be executed with a very good base and training.
Good golf and see you soon!