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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Brad Brewer on the Power Fade (Video)

While Brad Brewer (an instructor with GC) is focused on teaching you how to hit a power fade -- and I'll list those key points -- I want to point out something that may be giving you an unwanted slice at the worst possible moment.

How you hit this power fade is simple -- at least, in principle. Power fades are intended to give you more control over the ball's flight, but many of you do these steps unintentionally.
  • Tighten the grip on your lead hand to help prevent flipping the clubface at impact.
  • Aim the clubface at the target, where you want the ball to finish...
  • ...but open your stance so you're aimed along the line where you want the ball to start.
  • Lean the club shaft a bit forward to create more of a downward strike, which helps lower the trajectory for more distance.
But many of you do these steps -- or a slightly flawed version of these steps -- unintentionally when you slice.

In particular, you grip the club too tightly and you do it with both hands.

When playing a power fade, you grip a bit more tightly with your lead hand in order to keep the club face from closing and causing a hook. But what does that mean? You tighten your grip to make the clubface stay open. And if you tighten your grip with both hands, there's a good chance that clubface isn't going to be anywhere close to squaring up.

Furthermore, when you tighten up, you'll tend to create a bit of a "pull swing" even if you don't open your stance. Combine that with your tight grip and the ball will have little choice but to slice, maybe even push-slice!

The first step to curing a slice is usually to relax your grip. That's why many players waggle the club before a swing. I think it's important to try and relax your entire body, since your grip pressure is probably caused by being tense all over... and that's usually caused by trying to hit the ball too hard.

You might say that understanding how to hit a power fade is the flip side of not hitting an unintentional slice. Learn how to do one, and you have a good chance of mastering the other as well.

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