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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

While the slice might be the most common ball flight problem that amateur players face, a hook can be equally as damaging – if not more so – for those who fight it. When you start to hit a hook, you may start to fear that every shot is going to turn into a hook. That fear can lead toward tentative swings and all kinds of bad results. Confidence is vital in golf, and it is hard to be confident when you feel like every shot you hit has a chance of turning into a hook.

Start by Understanding the Problem

There are any number of problems that you can have in your swing which could create a hook, but it only make sense to start with an understanding of how the hook is created at impact in order to fix it.

For a hook to happen, you have to be swinging a bit out to the right with a club face that is well closed to the swing path. Assuming you are making good contact in the center of the club face (hitting on the outside of the club face or the part farthest away from you can also contribute to a draw or hook), the face-to-path relationship is what creates the problem.

So you need to find some way to get the face a little less closed to the path.  We’ll leave it open to you as to how you do that, but understand that not having as severely closed of a club face relative to the swing path the impact dynamic that’s creating the problem.

It may help to make some slower swings and a bit of practice to get yourself to come in to impact without as much of that closed face.

There is Good News

As you are working through your issues and trying to turn the hook in to possibly only a draw, keep this in mind – you are probably very close to a good golf swing. Players who fight a fade or a slice are usually (but not always) less skilled players than those who are hitting a hook. While it is no fun to hit hook after hook on the course, your swing may only be a couple tweaks away from excellent results.

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By Paul Myers

Sometimes, as golfers, we get so caught up in striving for more distance that we forget about the art of controlling the golf ball in the air. While it can certainly be exciting to blast a drive right down the middle, it also can be great fun to be able to produce different ball flights on command depending on the shot at hand. When you are able to manipulate your ball based on the hole in front of you, the game can suddenly become much easier.

Two elements to any ball flight are – curve from side to side, and trajectory into the air (height). The tips below focus on improving your ability to control the height of your iron golf shots, so that you have both high and low trajectories at your disposal when you need them.

Watch the Spin Rate

The amount of backspin that you put on a given golf shots is a correlating variable in determining how high or low the ball will fly. All things being equal, a golf shots hit with more backspin will go higher into the air than a golf shots hit with less spin. Of course, there are other factors involved in the equation, but spin is a major part of the puzzle. This is typically because higher shots are usually hit with higher lofted clubs. Higher lofted clubs generally produce more average spin.

So, how do you manage your spin? Partially, by controlling the speed with which you swing the club. When you swing harder, you impart more spin onto the golf ball, and send it higher into the air. Swinging softer will impart less spin on the ball, and keep it closer to the ground. By spending some time on the practice range working on swings of different speeds, you can learn how to have control over hitting both high and low golf shots on command.

Ball Position Also Matters

When you are trying to keep a particular golf shots low to the ground – such as when you are playing into the wind – you may try to play those golf shots further back in your stance. This will effectively take loft off the club that you are using, and allow the golf shots to fly lower. Keep in mind that when you hit down steeply on the ball in the back of your stance, the D-Plane would show us that shots can start out to the right more (for a right-hander), so you may have to adjust your swing direction a little to the left.

Watch the Slope

Also pay attention to the slope of the ground underneath your feet when hitting any golf shots that you are trying to manipulate either higher or lower. If the ground is sloping up toward your target, the golf shots will naturally want to fly even higher than usual. Likewise, ground sloping down toward the target usually leads to a lower ball flight. This is another detail to take into consideration when planning the shot and making your swing.

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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?

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