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Tee-to-Green Golf Tips – Draws and Fades

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Being able to hit draws and fades at will is an excellent golf skill to possess. Many of the pro’s rely on being able to shape their shots when needed to get out of a bad lie or manipulate the wind. Draws curve from right to left while a fade curves from left to right.

We might assume that these shots are difficult to perform. But the truth is, if you can hit the ball straight on a consistent basis, a slight change in your set-up will enable you to perform these shots with relative ease. And you definitely want to have these shots in your bag when you need them.

A good example of a situation requiring a draw might be: Your tee shot has found the left edge of the fairway. There is a grove of trees between your ball and the green 200 yards away. Your only shot is to either play the ball to the right side of the green or chip out to the middle of the fairway to get a shot at the green unhindered.

Either way, you are wasting a stroke to compensate for the obstacle between you and your target. However, a draw shot could curve the ball around the right side of the trees and return to a path towards the green, saving what would essentially be a penalty stroke for being off target from the tee.

To hit a draw, you want to have the clubface in a closed position in relation to your body. To program this into your swing, align your clubface to where you want the ball to land. Then set up your stance so your body is pointed to the right of the target. (Opposite for left-handed players.) Turn your bottom hand a bit to the right to strengthen your grip. Take a normal, smooth swing and stay behind the ball through impact.

Tee to Green Golf Tips   Draws and Fades

For an opposite situation, you want to be able to hit a fade. A good example would be a dog-leg that goes to the right with a large lake running along that right side. It’s a long way to the green and there’s sand or other troubles along the left side that would inhibit the use of a distance club. So you pitch a short shot to the crook of the dogleg where you can get a good look at the green on a straightaway. Or, you can hit a fade.

For a fade, aim your clubface where you want the ball to land, only this time, aim your body (feet, knees, hips, and shoulders) to the left of that line where you want the ball to start. This will ensure an open clubface at contact and create cut spin on the ball. You may want to weaken your grip by rotating your right hand slightly over the top a bit.

These shots are finesse oriented and need to be practiced. Once you find the optimal set-up for each and have them mastered, you may find an opportunity to shave a stroke or two during your rounds.