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A COUPLE of weeks ago, I wrote about how to draw the ball. Today, we are going to explain how to fade.

Firstly, if you can hit the ball straight from a neutral position, it is much easier to then change a few minor things, which enables you to draw or fade the ball. So keep trying to improve your basic swing technique. But to fade the ball, we firstly need to picture the club swinging across the target line from outside to in. To achieve this, the feet, shoulders and hips have to be open (left of target). The club face is always square to the target. We then swing the club back and through on the line of the feet, hips and shoulders, which is across the target line.

But in order for us to hit the ball where we want it to go, the hands will have to hold the club face slightly open to the swing path, imparting left to right spin on the ball.

Fade spin will put a little more control on the ball and so take a bit of distance off the shot. So take this into account when choosing your club.

TO contact the Matfen Hall Academy, where John Harrison is director of coaching, ring (01661) 886146. To see three short coaching videos from Dr John, visit
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2009
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