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Power fade off the tee: The toughest shot to repeat?


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 01:31 PM

This is a question I’ve been asking myself for awhile now. I grew up playing golf and from high school to early college, my natural ball flight was a lazy fade, something I would give almost anything to have back. The fade is the most reliable shape in the game in my opinion, and when you can trust it, it works wonders for your score. Fade misses virtually never result in the super-spin misses you get with draws that turn into hooks.

But in the last 5 years, I’ve gotten much stronger and my swing speed faster. It has become SO difficult to translate that into a power fade with a driver... even just a fade. I think this will take range time, but I can’t get over how tough it is to create. Does it come down more to hand position? Shaft fit? Weight transfer forward? What are everyone’s thoughts?


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 01:38 PM

For me, it was trying to get a more in to in swing path.
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 01:38 PM

I always have used a simple technique that my high school coach told me.. On the downswing, swing left- swing the butt of the grip across your left foot. If you can envision that, I think it will work for you. Its super easy swing thought for me that I can execute on demand.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 02:06 PM

I agree if you can play inside fade even if you get your path and face a little more off than you want can certainly land soft and be alright.

My problem is when the face matches the path and you end up hitting the pull that seems to go forever.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 03:35 PM

I always found fades super easy to hit. Concentrate on holding the club face perfectly square to the target until 6"-8" PAST the ball. This will restrict your "release" and cause you to "hold onto it" longer. Basically can hit fades on demand this way.... nice thing about this technique is its MUCH simpler and repeatable than learning to hit a draw. Lot's of moving parts to a draw IMO.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:10 PM

View PostZA206, on 16 May 2018 - 03:35 PM, said:

I always found fades super easy to hit. Concentrate on holding the club face perfectly square to the target until 6"-8" PAST the ball. This will restrict your "release" and cause you to "hold onto it" longer. Basically can hit fades on demand this way.... nice thing about this technique is its MUCH simpler and repeatable than learning to hit a draw. Lot's of moving parts to a draw IMO.

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way easier imo.  but i think everyone has a natural fade or draw tendency so for me fade way easier.
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:37 AM

View PostZA206, on 16 May 2018 - 03:35 PM, said:

I always found fades super easy to hit. Concentrate on holding the club face perfectly square to the target until 6"-8" PAST the ball. This will restrict your "release" and cause you to "hold onto it" longer. Basically can hit fades on demand this way.... nice thing about this technique is its MUCH simpler and repeatable than learning to hit a draw. Lot's of moving parts to a draw IMO.

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absolutely .... a Fade with a modern driver is almost automatic.   The Draw however is more timing reliant .  

I would experiment with ball placement ...  If you move it back a ball at a time , you should find a spot where you cant get the face shut ... Maybe a push fade depending on path .. But wont be going left
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