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Golf lesson: Learning the fade shot to hit the ball both ways

By: Quincy Quek

So far this year, EX’s resident golfing professional Quincy has taught us all about the flop shot, using the driver and turning triple-bogeys into pars. With last month’s focus on drawing the ball, it’s now time to learn about the equally important fade.


Name: Quincy Quek
Age: 27
Nationality: Singaporean
Turned Pro: 2009
Best Win: 2012 Orchard Golf Championship in The Philippines
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If you want to drastically improve your golf game then you need to be able to hit the ball both ways. In the last lesson I explained the draw, but the fade is equally as important, if not more so. The fade is a shot that starts out left and then moves right, but if you get it slightly wrong then it can easily turn into an ugly slice.

Set up everything to the left. The body should be left of target, and you can even move your grip ever so slightly left. Your left foot should be slightly behind the right in order to promote better clearance of your body.

You get more spin on a fade than you do a draw, so it’s a vital shot when attacking the pins. You want that ball to bite on the green. It’s also easier to hit a fade; it’s more natural than a draw. A lot of social golfers I play with hit the slice, which, in essence, is an exaggerated fade.

Hold your club-face square to your release path, or even open to it. On impact, the club should still have a slightly open face.

Pick out where you want the ball to start out and where you want it to end up. Visualise the whole shot. Draw a line back and pick out a spot in front of the ball to set your club-face to and then your whole body should follow that.

Swing the club a little bit out to in, and come across the ball onto the inside. Bring your right shoulder across quicker – think about moving your right shoulder towards your left foot as fast as possible. Your finishing position should be like Tiger Woods when he plays the fade – he keeps the club-face as open as possible depending on how much movement he wants on the ball.

Don’t turn the face over. Swinging really hard with an open swing encourages a slice, so don’t smash the life out of the ball. Swing evenly so that your hands don’t turn over.