Hit A Power Fade Off The Tee Every Time

Gary Gilchrist

Gary Gilchrist

Head Coach, Golf Digest Top 50 in America, Golf Magazine Top 100 in America

I’m sometimes asked, “How do I hit a controlled fade off the tee?” And I look at it, it’s hitting a power fade.

The best way to do this is to set up to the ball and put the ball slightly further forward in your stance. This will open your shoulder slightly at address. So now this will help you take the club along the shoulder line, which is slightly outside. And from the top now, with your shoulders slightly open, you’re going to come slightly from the outside, inside, keeping the face square through impact and finishing into your left side.

Just by having the ball forward, your alignment and your shoulders are going to be slightly left and your arms will always swing across that line.
Take your address position. I aim the face to where I want the boat to go – slightly left of my target. My alignment is slightly open, I’m going to take it out, turn across it and you can see that ball’s going left-to-right straight away.

Your alignment controls the path through impact, allowing the club to stay open, starting the ball left and finishing in the middle of the fairway.
Work on that alignment, put the ball forward, and you’re going to see that power fade every time.