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How to Draw or Fade the Ball At Will!

March 14, 2019

Are you having trouble getting your desired ball flight for certain shots? If so, then try this!

All the time I get asked how do you draw/hook and fade/slice the golf ball when you need to? The answer is quite simple and it’s all about how you set up to the golf ball. The emphasis is that you place the face of the golf club pointing to where you want the ball to end up and set your body up where you want the ball to start out.

Let’s start with drawing or hooking the golf ball:

The first thing you do before setting up for the shot is to determine where you want the ball to end up. This is where you will point the face of the club when you set up. After you have addressed the ball and have the face of the club pointing to your target, now you align your body on where you want the flight of the ball to start out. The more you want to draw/hook the ball the more your body will aim to the right.

Please see below:


The center alignment stick is pointed to where I want the ball to end up and the two outside alignment sticks are pointed to where I want the ball to start out. My body is also aligned with the two outside sticks. As I swing the club, I want to swing along the two outside sticks. My end result at impact will have the clubface closed in relation to my club head path which will promote the spin for the ball to travel from right to left!

Now fading or slicing the golf ball:

The first thing you do before setting up for the shot is to determine where you want the ball to end up. This is where you will point the face of the club when you set up. After you have addressed the ball and have the face of the club pointing to your target, now you align your body on where you want the flight of the ball to start out (Opposite for drawing the ball). The more you want to fade/slice the ball the more your body will aim to the left.

Please see below:


The center alignment stick is pointed to where I want the ball to end up and the two outside alignment sticks are pointed to where I want the ball to start out. My body is also aligned with the two outside sticks. As I swing the club, I want to swing along the two outside sticks. My end result at impact will have the clubface open in relation to my club head path which will promote the spin for the ball to travel from left to right!

Practicing with these tips will help you get a better feeling of how the ball will react to your set-up and your swing. So in review – aim the club where you want the ball to end up, align your body where you want the ball to start out, and then swing on the path you have your body aimed. A lot of the tour players work the golf ball while playing. Imagine fading a drive around a dogleg right or drawing an iron shot into a green that has a tucked left pin position. Hope this helps you work the ball around all of the obstacles on the golf course.

Lessons will be starting shortly, please contact me if you would like to schedule a lesson and work on your golf game. Rate $50/Half Hour.  mkelly0616@aol.com

Great Golfing!

Mike Kelly
Head Golf Professional

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Readers comments:

Charles Florentino, 3/21/2019 1:14:29 PM EST   55555
Great insight. I usually work the ball during my round, just not on purpose! 

Nancy, 3/16/2019 10:17:32 AM EST   55555
Great information. Now if only I could execute it! 

Barry Vogelmeier, 3/15/2019 4:01:07 PM EST   55555
 

Becky S, 3/15/2019 12:57:16 PM EST   55555
Makes great sense to me! 👍⛳️ 

Wilson, 3/14/2019 4:45:58 PM EST   55555
Useful 

Anonymous, 3/14/2019 4:37:47 PM EST   55555
 

Stephen Landa, 3/14/2019 2:14:55 PM EST   44444
thanks for the easy and good tips.