Stop Pulling – Maintain Face Angle at Impact 2

    Many of golf’s greatest players have relied on the fade – a softly curving left-to-right shot (for righties) – as their bread and butter. Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino are just a few of history’s famous fade lovers.

    In other words, amateurs who naturally fade the ball are in fine company. There are two potential problems, however. First and foremost, there’s a fine line between a fade and its evil sibling, the slice. Second, a fade can easily degenerate into a pull, which starts left but does not curve back toward the target.

    Stop Pulling – Maintain Face Angle at Impact 3

    If you’re a fader who sometimes lapses into a bout of the pulls, it means the clubface is square to your swing path, rather than the target line, at impact. Hence, you’re not imparting the gentle sidespin needed to move the ball left-to-right.

    The cause could be overactive hands. Your right hand is rolling too aggressively over the left, closing the clubface. Try this on the range:

  • As you swing into the ball and through, keep the back of your left hand pointed at the target.
  • Put another way, keep the left hand in front of the right, preventing the over-rotation at the root of your pulls.
  • Exaggerate this action for a few swings to get the hang of it. You may hit a few low pull slices, which means you’re on the right track. You don’t want to strangle the right hand from releasing altogether, so as you continue practicing, allow it to roll over the left after impact.