Playing the intentional fade

Dec. 01, 1958
Dec. 01, 1958

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Dec. 1, 1958

Homemade Mountains
Pro Football
Pro Golf
Events & Discoveries
Wonderful World Of Sport
Ski Preview
On Field And Campus
Pro Basketball
Obiter Dicta
  • Or, some passing remarks from the halls of science by a wise and witty man who proves that the ivory tower has a view—including a view of sports. And so we introduce Dr. Vannevar Bush, spectator sports expert, chairman of the corporation of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, leader of scientists—and a host of his colleagues, whose interests, as shown here, range from boxing through sailing to driving hot cars

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

Playing the intentional fade

The Golfer who can play an intentional fade when the situation calls for it possesses one of the most important shots in the game. At our club, for example, there are several tough holes which are bordered rather tightly along the left by out-of-bounds territory. The golfer who doesn't respond intelligently to this threat and just swings away does frequently hook one out of bounds and suffers that crushing two-stroke penalty. The more thoughtful golfers always set themselves up so that their shots are moving from left to right away from the penalty area, and their bad shots go comparatively unpunished.

This is an article from the Dec. 1, 1958 issue Original Layout

The average golfer has all the skill necessary to fade his shots intentionally. It is not a matter of consciously changing your swing. You employ your regular swing, but you set yourself up so that a fade results. First, you alter your grip slightly, moving your left hand a bit farther to the left so that the thumb extends down the left side of the shaft. Then you alter your stance and the ball position slightly. You aim at the left side of the fairway and play the ball a little farther forward, just inside the left toe. You then hit the ball with your regular swing. Because of the way you have set yourself up, however, as you come into the ball the strong, resisting left hand blocks out the usual hitting action of the right. The ball starts out for its object and then fades softly to the right.

A couple of sessions on the practice fairway will give you the confidence you need to play this shot and play it successfully.

BUCK LUCE, Sands Point Golf Club, Port Washington, N. Y. and Villa Real Golf Club, Havana

PHOTOILLUSTRATIONYou aim down the left side of the fairwayILLUSTRATIONThe modified grip, as it looks to the golfer

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