The Golf Swing

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Monday, January 31, 2005

The Long Game - Drawing or Fading a Shot

I'm a straight-ball hitter. I don't try to play a lot of fancy shots from right to left or from left to right. But lets face it sometimes you just have to be able to draw or fade a ball. Here's the trick, keep it simple. Don't make any changes in your grip or swing. You can draw or fade a ball simply by altering your alignment when you set up to the ball.

For a left-to-right fade I align my body slightly to the left while keeping my clubface aimed straight at the target. By pointing my toe line, knees, hips, and shoulders to the left, I set up an out-to-in cut across the ball, which imparts the clockwise sidespin that makes the ball drift to the right.

Conversely, for a right-to-left draw I aim my body to the right while keeping the clubface straight at the target. This alignment encourages a takeaway that is more to the inside than usual, resulting in a more in-to-out hit on the ball; this counterclockwise spin moves shots from right to left.

The more curve I want on these shots, the more I open or close my stance. It's as simple as that.

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