How to Fade a Golf Ball (Better Players Method)

Advanced Tips on How to Fade the Ball in GolfIn this video and article we’ll look at how to fade the golf ball in a way that offers more control and more workability…

This method is more suitable to better players. Visit our other page instead for an easier way to hit a fade (albeit with less control).

For this method, rather than adjusting your stance, alignment and clubface angle at set up, you consciously adjust the path of your swing and the rotation of your hands through impact. See the video below for details:




How To Fade A Golf Ball – Video Summary

  • Using this advanced fade technique set up square to the targetWith the easier method of fading a golf ball you alter your alignment and the direction the club face is pointing at address. However, with this method you don’t change your setup or alignment – your feet, knees, hips and shoulders should be pointing directly at your target and so should the club face.

  • Swing along an outside-in swing path to produce a fadeTake the club back on a slightly more outside path than normal during your backswing. During the downswing, bring the club back down on that out-to-in path across the ball. Feel as though the club is travelling on a path to the left of your target (or to the right for the left-handed golfer).

  • Restrain your hands from rotating at impact to produce a fadeThrough the impact position, try to prevent your hands and forearms from rotating. This is sometimes referred to as ‘holding your hands off’ and it’s the same feeling you should have when chipping the golf ball. The lack of hand and forearm rotation will keep the club face open at impact, curving the ball back from left to right.

  • Tweak your technique to fine-tune your fadeThis is a more difficult method of fading the golf ball than this easier option but it gives you a more controlled, more workable ball flight.