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By Paul Myers

Controlling your ball flight on the golf course is a valuable skill that many players never quite master. While you might not reach the level of being able to hit tidy little draws and fades on command, it still can be useful to have the ability to eliminate certain shots from your game. For example, if you can avoid hitting a fade when there is trouble looming on the fade side of the course, you can be better able to keep your ball in play throughout the round. Many golfers fight an unwanted fade due to the fundamentals and mechanics in their swing, but these things can be corrected.

Understanding the Problem

You can’t fix a problem unless you understand it, so the first step is knowing exactly why your ball is fading in the first place. A fade ball flight is created when the club head swings across the ball from outside to inside with a club face open to the swing path (but still closed to the target). This assumes that you made good contact in the center of the club face…because hitting the ball on the inside (or nearest side to you) of the club face can also contribute to a fade.

What Can You Do?

The fade can be difficult for many golfers to fix because in order to avoid hitting the ball to the right (for a right-handed golfer), you actually have to swing more out to the right. What you think is swinging down the line toward the target is actually swinging to the left. So to get you to swing down the line in reality, you may have to feel like you’re swinging well to the right. This can be very scary!

But if you understand what is taking place at impact, it can make it easier to do. Let’s think about hitting a draw for a second…the opposite of the fade. The ball starts to the right and then curves back to the target. To get the ball to fly like that you actually have to swing well to the right with a club face that is closed to your swing path (but open to the target).

We’ll leave it open to you as to how you do that, but understand that to go from hitting a fade to hitting a draw you need to swing more to the right and get the face closed to your swing path versus open to it. That’s two things to fix.

It may help to make some slower swings and a bit of practice to get yourself doing these things, but now you should hopefully understand a bit more about what needs to happen to avoid hitting the fade.

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By Paul Myers

It is common knowledge among golfers that golf draws go further than golf fades do. Well, it is assumed to be common knowledge – but is it actually true? It seems like many long hitters and TOUR players play a draw, but that is not a hard and fast rule. In fact, Bubba Watson, one of the longest of the long hitters on the PGA Tour, is well-known for his lefty golf fade that seems to fly forever. Obviously, as he has proved with his high club head speed, it is certainly possible to bomb it off the tee while hitting a golf fade. Jason Zuback, 4-time RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion, has also been know to fade the ball as well.

Draws Usually Go Further – But Not Necessarily in the Air

By the nature of hitting a golf draw, you are taking the club into the back of the ball from an inside position. You are hitting slightly from the inside out, to deliver power to the ball and possibly generate more distance. However, it isn’t necessarily that simple.

Assuming the same launch angle and other conditions, if you tilt the spin axis the same amount either one way, the distance for a fade or draw will end up being the same.

However, in most cases, draws and fades using the same club do not launch at the same angle.  A shot hit with draw spin will usually launch lower and not have as much backspin as a fade , therefore it might not stay in the air as long. You might end up with more distance out of your draw, but some of that distance will be accounted for in the bounce and roll of the ball. If you are looking for pure carry distance, a golf fade might have more to offer.

That being said, if you work with a club fitter and you alter your impact conditions slightly (for example, getting the right loft on your club to adjust your spin down and then tweak your angle of attack and swing direction), it’s possible to maximize carry distance with a fade, straight shot, or draw.

You Can Talk to a Golf Fade, but a Hook Won’t Listen

When you play a draw, there is the risk of it turning into a hook – and a hook is one shot you may not recover from. A low hooked tee shot will sometimes keep turning, and bouncing, until it finds some kind of trouble. Because of this, many draw players are always living in fear of hitting a hook – and making the double bogey or worse that can come with it.

On the other side of the coin, most fades don’t turn into slices that are quite as disastrous. Since the golf fade will usually have a little more backspin and launch higher, the ball will land more steeply won’t run away as far or as fast once on the ground. Simply put, unless you have a really low-lofted driver and you intentionally bring your spin and launch way down to optimize distance for fades, you typically have less distance but more margin for error off the tee when you play a golf fade as opposed to a draw.

Do What Comes Natural

While it is a valuable skill to work on controlling different ball flights off the tee, for scoring, you might go back to what you know and what you trust when the pressure is on. If you are naturally a golfer that hits a slight draw, trust that shot and use it the majority of the time. It can be useful to have a golf fade available for certain situations, but it’s usually best to return to your trusty draw when you need to hit a good one. There is just no substitute for what feels natural.

To answer the title question, yes, you can maximize distance while hitting a golf fade. There are plenty of powerful players on the PGA Tour who make the golf fade their shot of choice, because they can control it and still get plenty of distance at the same time through proper club fitting and optimization of their launch conditions. If you are naturally a golfer who hits a golf fade, it may be best not to fight it – work with a club fitter to get a head that gets your spin and launch right to maximize golf fade distance, and hit the best golf fade you can.

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