After posting a video in the "My Swings" section talking about my problem where I would mostly hit fades and was unable to hit a draw, I started to practice what I was told I should work on. I have to say that it is paying off. Today I was able to hit draws pretty easily (still not consistent with the amount of draw tho, one shot would be like 2 yards, the next one 10 yards, the next one 5 yards, etc...).
There was one thing I noticed. What I was told to practice was to keep my right knee more in front (I am left handed) and keep my foot on the ground a little bit more. Doing this, I noticed that my downsing was a little bit more horizontal which probably helps to promote the in-out swing path. Its mostly a feeling, the friend I was hitting balls with said he sees almost no difference, maybe a couple of degrees max. I tried hitting more vertical like before (once again, most of a feeling, friend said it almost looks the same) and I was hitting a fade with long clubs and a straight shot with short clubs. I also tried to open the clubface and swing more horizontal (like for my draws) and it results in a fade, but the distance loss was more than by swinging more vertical but the clubface square. So it got me wondering, which of the fade technique is the right one. I think the way I am hitting my draws is correct. Ball starts a tiny bit lower, curves 5-10 yards, and goes around 5-10 yards further than my old swing. My "vertical way" of doing the fade, balls curves 5-10 yards, and distance is as before. Trying to hit a fade with the same swing as the draw gives me the same amount of curve, but ball goes 5-10 yards shorter than before.
So to resume
For my fade/straight shots,
should I swing more vertical like before (trying to keep the downsing more vertical, probably results in a small outside-in move)
should I swing the same plane as for my draws, but play with the clubface angle?
My guess is to keep the swing plane the same, since it seems easier to play with the clubface than with the swing plane, but I was wondering how you do it when switching from a draw to a fade. Do you simply open the clubface or do you change the swing plane? (maybe both?)
(don't know if this should be in instructions forum, feel free to move it)