How to fade or paint by changing your setting

Hitting pulls and fades when driving is not as difficult as it seems.


One of the biggest differences between a good and a great player is the ability to pass the ball left or right depending on the command.

Fortunately for us recreational humans, it’s not as difficult as it seems!

Here’s an easy chart for hitting both fade (shots left to right) and draw (shots right to left), courtesy of LPGA pro Rachel Drummond and GOLFTEC coach Nick Clearwater.

How to hit fade

1. Move the ball up into your stance, allowing your stance to be slightly open.

2. Focus on maintaining your regression lag.

3. Let your batting body and face remain passive by impact.

Clearwater suggests making the racket face appear more open as you swing to the end position.

“Because I change my settings and move the ball forward, the face is naturally more open on our way to cross,” Drummond confirmed.

How to reach the tie

1. Move the ball back slightly into your position.

2. It is normal for the club front to be closed more by sway, which encourages the right-to-left path.

Keep in mind that moving forward and backward in your stance does not have to be drastic – the width of the ball is enough to make a difference.

The best part about these switches is that they don’t require any changes to your swing – just small tweaks to your setup can make a big difference.

For more ways to improve your game, visit your local GOLFTEC for a swing assessment or custom club fitting.

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Jessica Marksbury
As a four-year member of the inaugural class of golfers at Columbia, Jessica can outshine everyone at the head of the mast. She can outsmart them in the office as well, being primarily responsible for producing both print and online features, and overseeing major special projects, such as GOLF’s inaugural Style Issue, which debuted in February 2018. Her original interview series, “A Round With” appeared in November 2015, and has appeared in both magazine and in video form on

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