Inside Approach Fade

Lee Trevino is known for his outgoing personality and quirky swing. The six-time major champion is also considered one of the finest ballstrikers in golf history.

In his prime, the “Merry Mex” was a virtuoso who could play any shot shape on command. But his favored shot was the fade, which curves left to right, lands softly and is easier to control than a draw.

Trevino’s swing is unorthodox, and so is his method for hitting the fade. The conventional way is to align the body left of target, aim the clubface at the target, and swing along the line of the body. Trevino follows the first two steps, but swings down the target line rather than with his body.

The deviation actually produces a swing path that’s inside-to-out relative to the body, and directly down the target line. Trevino produces the left-to-right spin necessary for a fade by delaying the release (rolling over) of his hands through impact.

According to Trevino, his routine produces more power than the traditional technique. He acknowledges that the ball will finish right of the target, but suggests simply lining up the body and clubface farther left to compensate.

If you’ve struggled to generate a power fade, try it Trevino’s way. It’s worked pretty well for him.