How To Hit A Fade - A Complete Golf Instruction

Every golfer would like to stand on the first tee, address the ball and hit it straight down the middle. If he or she can proceed to then hit an iron straight on to the green and hole the putt there can’t be a better start to a round. The problem is that golf courses are not always designed for those that can only hit the ball straight. There are tree-lined dog legs that call for the ability to work the ball the same way the fairway goes. A fade is a controlled shot which, for a right-hander, moves the ball left to right. It is different from a slice which is generally recognised as an error, though the shape of shot is similar. It’s just that the hole may not require it.

Briefly the fade calls for:

It goes against one of the early principles golfers learn about having their shoulders parallel to the target line to the pin. However for a fade you are looking to hit the ball slightly to the right so opening your left shoulder may seem strange but it is the first step towards perfecting a fade. At the same time your foot should be slightly to the left.

Once you have that stance, and you then aim left you will find the ball will go slightly to the right, hopefully in a controlled way. A fade is good news; anything more sever, namely a slice and you will not only lose distance, you may go well wide. The other slight change is that you want your club head to impact with the ball facing slightly right rather than square.


It hardly needs saying that this is a shot that requires practice in order to be confident the ball is still under your control and will do what you want it to do. There will be many occasions when you may need a fade, and it is not just when trees are an obstacle. Even of links courses where trees are a rarity, there are times when the shape of the hole demands that you can work the ball in the shape of the hole, or indeed fade it is you have missed the fairway. It is worth practicing in order to be able to fade the ball whenever you wish.