Dec 23

How to Hit a Draw or Fade

Few golfers have the ability to consistently hit a golf ball straight every shot. The majority of golfers have a natural shot pattern such as a fade, draw, slice or hook. The benefit of playing a natural shot pattern is you consistently know the ball flight of the shot. However, there are times when a shot requires you to work the ball left to right or right to left. Let’s look at how a player can successfully hit a draw and fade when necessary. These directions are applicable for a right handed player. Left handed players need to reverse the directions. 


In a normal set up position, the clubface is pointed down the target line. The target line is an imaginary line that runs through the golf ball towards the target. The feet, knees, hips, and shoulders are parallel to the target line. The set up will help determine what type of shot you intend to hit.

The ball flight of a draw will curve right to left in the air. The clubface will be aimed down the target line in the set up position. The feet, knees, hips, and shoulders will aim slightly to the right. This is called a closed stance. From this set up position, you will make your normal swing. At impact, the clubface will be slightly closed, causing the ball to curve from right to left. A hook turns much more severe in a right to left ball flight. 

To hit a fade, the set up is just the opposite. The clubface will again be aimed down the target line. However, your feet, knees, hips, and shoulders will be aimed left of the target line. This is called an open stance. You will make your normal swing and impact should result in a slightly open clubface. The ball should start left and curve back to the right. A slice will have a left to right ball flight that is much more severe. 

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Keller Matthew

is a PGA Golf Professional with over 15 years of experience. Throughout his career he has worked at courses in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida and Delaware. Matt has conducted thousands of golf lessons to players of all ages and ability levels. Currently, he is a PGA Professional at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club located near Bethany Beach, DE.