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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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Use the tool below to find out a.) how fast your swing speed should be and b.) how fast you COULD swing it soon:

 

HOW FAR SHOULD YOU DRIVE IT? HOW FAR COULD YOU DRIVE IT?

…based on gender, age, handicap and average driving distance? Use this tool to find out:

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By Paul Myers

It can be a great feeling to go in for a swing analysis or club fitting and light up the machine with impressive swing speed numbers. You can brag to your buddies about your lightning-quick swing, and look forward to hitting those long drives down the middle of the fairway on the impressive golf distance. There may only one problem – you aren’t seeing those long drives fly down the middle of the fairway on the golf distance that is needed. Instead, your drives are landing well short of your playing partners, even though you have them beat in terms of swing speed.

Just because you can impress the radar gun, doesn’t mean you are automatically going to hit long drives. There are more variables in play than just speed, so some tuning to the rest of your swing may be needed if you want to convert your potential into actual power.

Center of the Club Face

If there is one element that is great to execute time and time again when hitting your driver, it is matching the middle of the club face to the back of the ball…hitting it on the sweet spot. The maximum power will be transferred from your club to the ball when you hit the sweet spot, so that is exactly what you probably want to do. If you make contact out by the toe, or in off the heel, you are going to lose much of that power you worked so hard to create. Not only that, but the shot is more likely to be off line as well. A good swing and solid balance can be key in order to make reliable contact shot after shot.

Lose the Side Spin

The more golf distance a ball travels sideways in the air, the less golf distance it travels down the fairway. In order to get the most golf distance from your drives, you need to take as much sidespin off of the ball as possible. In fact, in the Swing Man Golf member area there are some ideal spin numbers to achieve based on your club head speed and whether you want to optimize for carry or total distance.

Coming into impact with a clubface square to your swing path will help you limit sidespin and can help give you the best possible energy transfer. If you can only pick one or the other, a swing that is on path with a square club face is more or less preferred over a faster swing with a poor position at impact that hits the ball all over the planet.

Get the Right Equipment

Another common way to lose golf distance off your drives even with a fast swing speed is playing a driver that is not well-matched to your game. For maximum distance, it’s important to optimize your equipment by going through a club fitting process with a trained professional. Getting the right club (including head and shaft) that will play to your strength and creating good launch conditions is vital to maximizing yards on your drives. Club fitting sessions are worth the price, and some golf shops will refund your fee if you wind up buying a driver from them after the fitting is complete. Going through this extra step to fine-tune your driver might be a little more work than just ordering a club online, but you will likely be rewarded in the end.

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And, if you would like to add 30 to 40 yards to your drives over the next 30 days, like thousands of our customers have before you, you might consider our unique Swing Man Golf Swing Speed Training.

Use the tool below to find out a.) how fast your swing speed should be and b.) how fast you COULD swing it soon:

 

HOW FAR SHOULD YOU DRIVE IT? HOW FAR COULD YOU DRIVE IT?

…based on gender, age, handicap and average driving distance? Use this tool to find out:

Male Female

 




By Swing Man Golf Staff

Here is the second video of the series “Getting Fit for Distance”. Jaacob Bowden talks more about finding a good driver length for you. Most driver lengths sold at golf stores are 45″ to 46″ inches but that is not always the most appropriate length for everyone.

Find out how to determine what length will work for you in this video.

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by Jaacob Bowden

When it comes to hitting the ball off the tee, remember to take driving distances with a grain of salt.  You might be only averaging 210 yards (190 m) per drive at one course…and you hear of a friend that tells you he’s averaging 250 yards (227 m) per drive at his home course.  However, when you play each other on the same course – you hit the same distance.  What gives?  You might think your friend is not telling you the truth about his distances…however, when you take in to consideration the various playing conditions of different courses around the country (and world), you might discover that your friend is actually being completely honest.

Take a look at the average driving distances by tournament his year so far on the PGA TOUR and you’ll see what I mean:

Mercedes-Benz Championship    252 (228 m)
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am    268 (243 m)
PODS Championship    271 (246 m)
Verizon Hertiage    276 (250 m)
Buick Invitational    277 (251 m)
Zurich Classic of New Orleans    279 (253 m)
Honda Classic    281 (255 m)
Arnold Palmer Invitational    282 (256 m)
AT&T Classic    283 (257 m)
The Players Championship    285 (258 m)
EDS Byron Nelson     286 (259 m)
Shell Houston Open    290 (263 m)
Northern Trust Open    291 (264 m)
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic    292 (265 m)
FBR Open    293 (266 m)
Sony Open    295 (267 m)
Mayakoba Golf Classic    297 (269 m)
Wachovia Championship    297 (269 m)

Average = 283 (257 m)

If you play different courses, these differences are also useful to know for your iron play.  Granted that you know how far you hit your clubs, within a few good shots of the first time you play a new course, you should be able to tell for the rest of the round approximately how much to add or subtract for your average shot.  For example, if you regularly play TPC Scottsdale in Arizona and are planning a trip to play Pebble Beach in California, you should expect that your irons will go about 8-9% less at Pebble Beach.

Remember that this doesn’t only apply to courses in different cities.  Even within your local area, different courses play different distances.

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