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Practising your Fade

This week’s practice plan is designed to help you hit a controlled fade with your iron shots. There has been a huge change over the past few years in the understanding of what creates the various ball flights in golf. It was previously believed that to hit a fade, you should aim your clubface where you want the ball to finish (the pin), and aim your body and swing where you want the ball to start (to the left of target). This is now known to be wrong, and although your ball would fade, it would start fairly straight and then fade away from your target.

To hit a fade that finishes on target, your clubface must aim left (where you want ball to start), then you must make sure that you swing more to the left than the face points, this will create the curve. We now understand that the clubface has biggest influence on initial direction of the ball, and the swing path the curve, which is the opposite of our previous beliefs.Take a few minutes to warm up, and then select 2 irons from your set.

This plan is based upon a basket of 50 balls.

• 10 balls – Hit these balls with a wedge to complete your warm up.

• 30 balls – Pick your target, and try to fade your ball so that it starts to the left, and then shapes towards your target. Alternate between your clubs after each 5 balls and keep a note of how many balls you successfully shape. Remember that making the ball move left to right is not enough, it must start left of your target and then fade back, finishing no more than 5 yards right of the pin.

• 10 balls – Hit these balls with a wedge to complete your session.

Niall McGill

PGA Professional

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