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post #73 of 98

Re: How do you hit a power fade?

Originally Posted by Zeph View Post
The only difference between a pull-fade and power fade is where the player is aligned. It takes the exact same angles for the swing path and club head to produce a fade.
A power fade is a fade with an in-to-out swing: The club face is open relative to your stance, which makes it a push-fade.
A fade with an out-to-in swing: The club face is closed relative to your stance, which makes it a pull-fade.

Everyone swinging in-to-out, hitting a fade, is hitting this "power fade". I don't see the need for a term like "power fade" for this shot, when we can use "push-fade".

"Power fade" just sounds sexier than plain old "fade." What this shot really is is a "Non-hook" which is even less sexy. The idea is to use the more powerful in-out swing to hit a shot which will not produce an uncontrollable hook if the timing is slightly off. Pros use it to eliminate the left side of the fairway and aim slightly left of center. Some of these shots are dead straight along the aim line, some are very slight pushes, some may fade slightly right, a very few may even draw slightly. With proper aim, all should wind up on all but the most narrow fairways. Ideally none should hook or slice.
post #74 of 98

Re: How do you hit a power fade?

Why is it easier too mess up the timing with a closed clubface than an open clubface? Why is it easier to hit a fade than a draw? Both require the proper set of positions.
post #75 of 98

Re: How do you hit a power fade?

Originally Posted by Zeph View Post
Why is it easier too mess up the timing with a closed clubface than an open clubface? Why is it easier to hit a fade than a draw? Both require the proper set of positions.
Any particular ball flight, and the swing it took to create it, are counterintuitive. As a relative beginner in the late 80s, I hit a high draw. I got started playing with one guy who hit power fades and another who hit a high draw. They showed me how to hit both and I preferred the draw (the holes on our course when counter clockwise). If I relied on my own intuition, I may have ended up (eventually) with a pull slice.
post #76 of 98

Re: How do you hit a power fade?

I think I got the idea behind “power fade”.

For a text book style swing, you stand with a square clubface pointing at the target, your shoulder line is parallel to the target line. And you swing the club along an inside-square-inside path.

This is the foundation of a solid swing but it could still produce three different results:
A. If the clubface is square to the target line at the impact, you have a perfect straight shot.
B. If the club face is closed to the target line at the impact, you get a draw.
C. If the club face is open to the target line at the impact, you get a face (power face).

So even for a good golfer who can consistently swing the club following the inside-square-inside path, every time he swings there is over 60% of chance of the ball not going to the direction he wants it to go.

But if he intentionally keep the clubface open at setup and most importantly at impact, he will have one predictable ball flight, the fade. Basically eliminating the results A and B and just go for the result C.

The number one requirement for a power fade is an inside-to-inside swing path, this is probably the biggest problem for most weekend golfers. That’s why power fade is an advanced shot for experienced golfers.

Is this thinking correct?
post #77 of 98

Re: How do you hit a power fade?

Originally Posted by Zeph View Post
What is the difference between a power fade and fade?
I have always understood a power fade to be a "pull-fade." A pull travels farther than a straight shot and the fade brings it back to the target.
post #78 of 98

Re: How do you hit a power fade?

Originally Posted by Keep It Simple View Post
I have always understood a power fade to be a "pull-fade." A pull travels farther than a straight shot and the fade brings it back to the target.
Pulls with a driver don't necessarily go farther. Oftentimes they go shorter because they don't stay in the air longer. Pulls with a 7-iron tend to go farther because the ball still has enough loft to stay in the air. Drivers are already maximized for launch conditions to get good distance, so lowering the launch angle (and backspin) often makes the ball fly shorter, not farther.
post #79 of 98

Re: How do you hit a power fade?

Originally Posted by Keep It Simple View Post
I have always understood a power fade to be a "pull-fade." A pull travels farther than a straight shot and the fade brings it back to the target.
I guess the simplest answer is that you're wrong. A pull comes from an outside-in swing. I also don't think many people would agree that a pull is stronger than a straight shot.
post #80 of 98

Re: How do you hit a power fade?

Originally Posted by Zeph View Post
Why is it easier too mess up the timing with a closed clubface than an open clubface? Why is it easier to hit a fade than a draw? Both require the proper set of positions.
I think the answer is that, for good golfers, getting your hands through too quickly is a more common mistake than having them lag. So, if the face is closed to begin with, too quick hands can produce a wicked hook with an in-out swing. If you have an in-out swing and an open clubface, a wicked slice is just much less likely.
post #81 of 98

Re: How do you hit a power fade?

Thanks for bringing this thread up the board, really helpful !
post #82 of 98

Re: How do you hit a power fade?

I a power fade with a golf club. I might be able to do it with a baseball bat, as well.
post #83 of 98

Re: How do you hit a power fade?

When I try to hit any kind of cut, I just try and feel the ball stick on the clubface longer when I strike it.
post #84 of 98

Hi guys, Im going to revive this thread - first off im popping my sand trap cherry sort of speak - I read your forum all the time and always get great feed back on items I am looking for IE Fade, grips, etc! So thanks to all of you and this great golf community!

 

I do have a question to ask about the power fade - everything that Zeph and Drifter have said has made sense to me but what I'd like to know or get clarification on is I start with my iron face already leaning towards the target line (irons) will that cause problems when trying to produce this shot? (I live in Canada we just got 30 cm of snow!) Just curious so when I do get a chance to try it out I know that I have all the key elements in place!

 

Let me know and thanks again!a1_smile.gif

post #85 of 98

If I keep my hips from going forward enough during the downswing I can "powerfade" that sucker off the planet! Not sure that's what you're looking for though...b2_tongue.gif

post #86 of 98
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Originally Posted by Prodigy View Post

When I try to hit any kind of cut, I just try and feel the ball stick on the clubface longer when I strike it.

Lol, "dials it in on the face".
post #87 of 98

Hi Gaber, I always feel a little bit cheated when I hit the driver and fade it. I think I just like the way the draw feels when you hit it. I've been thinking about trying to optimise my launch and spin(thanks Lucius wooding) and I'm thinking about taking my drivers into the shop to see if I can hire the trackman and operating monkey for half an hour. Mind you they want to sell golf clubs and all I want to do is see how much I'm spinning the ball. When I hit the "power fade, it feels "safe", kind of friendlier. I know I'm probably going to be in play, but not as long as a straight or draw.

PS. I went to the range today to hit my 48 inch driver. Now that's a power fader. If I can get back to the ball it's a power fade if I don't make it back it's a FADESLICE.

post #88 of 98
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Originally Posted by Ernest Jones View Post

If I keep my hips from going forward enough during the downswing I can "powerfade" that sucker off the planet! Not sure that's what you're looking for though...b2_tongue.gif

What no gravity in Montreal this time of yeara3_biggrin.gif

post #89 of 98
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Originally Posted by logman View Post

What no gravity in Montreal this time of yeara3_biggrin.gif

Not strong enough to defeat my gravity defying slice abilities! I rarely slice anymore but I used to be able to hit slices of the EPIC variety. Probably still can if I tried a1_smile.gif
post #90 of 98

in all honesty there is no such thing as a 'power fade'. what your probably referring to is a fade the doesn't involve putting excess backspin on the ball causing it to spin up high into the air and come down very steeply. the way i go about playing this shot is to set up down the left, aim my clubface inbetween the target and my body alignment and play the ball a bit father back in my stance then trying to feel like i am covering the ball and driving it out low instead of trying to get underneath it and launch it high.

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