How to Hit a Draw (slight hook) or a Fade (slight slice) on Purpose

These are two of the easiest specialty shots in golf. Practice helps to learn how to do it consistently and accurately. Set up as described. Swing on the line to the left for a fade or line to the right for a hook, the ball will go in the direction you want. You will be about as accurate and consistent as you are with the rest of your shots. The ball will go in the direction you want. Practice helps just as it does with regular shots.

Other shots will be added in the future.

The usual, and simplest, way to hit a curved shot has only two steps:

  1. Line up with your shoulders, hips, and feet aligned to the line you are starting the ball on.
  2. You then aim the face of the club at the target, not long your body line.
  3. Just swing with a standard swing along your body line. The face being aimed at the target will produce the draw or fade.

Note: Your hand position should be aligned with your body, not with the clubface. In other words, with the club aimed at the target at address and impact, the club is turned slightly in your hands compared to your usual hand position on the grip.

Some High Tech Help

I was a witness to some experimentation by a PGA Pro and a Golf Digest Top 100 Clubmaker I know (2 people). This was done with FlightScope radar so it is very exact – to the tenth of a degree.

The pro and clubmaker showed that, for a controlled draw, the face should be closed about half as many degrees as the swing path is to the right of the target. That makes the ball end up on line.

For an intentional draw, the path and face angle are as follows:

  • the swing path is to the right
  • the face angle is also to the right, but only half as much

For example:

  • if the swing path is 4 degrees to the right of the target line
  • the face should be 2 degrees open to the target, and
  • 2 degrees closed to the swing path.
  • the face is aiming slightly right of the target, but left of the swing path.

A shot I watched online illustrating this principle, showed a swing path about 6 degrees right of the target. The face angle was 4 degrees closed to the path and 2 degrees open to the target. The demonstrator over-hooked it a little. He illustrated that 2:1 ratio by unintentionally over-closing the face to the path slightly too much and curving his tee shot too far left. His driver face should have been 3 degrees open to the target and 3 degrees closed to the swing path.

For an intentional fade, the path and face angle are reversed:

  • the swing path is to the left
  • the face angle is also to the left, but only half as much

For example:

  • if the swing path is 4 degrees to the left of the target line
  • the face should be 2 degrees closed to the target, and
  • 2 degrees open to the swing path.
  • the face is aiming slightly left of the target, but right of the swing path.

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