How to Shape Golf Shots

Hitting a Draw or Hitting a Fade in golf is something any golfer can do, as long as they know some basic concepts.

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When there is a difference in angle between the path of the club and the face of the club, there is going to be some sort of curve on the shot, and understanding the difference between the two can help you start to learn how to shape golf shots.

How to Shape Golf Shots

Have you ever wished you had more control over the shape of your golf shots? If you’re like a lot of golfers, you might assume such a refined skill is out of your reach. Someone may have even told you outright that shaping a golf shot is too challenging for the average weekend golfer.

I am here to tell you that this skill is far from impossible.

No matter your level of experience, you can learn how to control the curve of your ball flight. You don’t even have to make any changes to your swing. You simply have to understand what creates curve and how to use those factors to your advantage.

What Creates Curve?

The curve of ball flight is determined by two factors: the angle of the clubface and the direction of the club path at the moment of impact.

If, for example, your clubface is angled to the left at impact, you are essentially instructing the ball to fly at that same angle. Likewise, the club path also determines the direction of ball flight. But what if there is disparity between these two sets of instructions?

Well, that’s how we get the curve.

Let’s say, for example, you made a golf shot where your club path was angled 5 degrees to the right of the target and your clubface was angled 2 degrees to the right. That 3-degree disparity would give you a nice draw, or a left-to-right curve.

The same would be true for the opposite direction. If you angled your club path 5 degrees to the left and your clubface 2 degrees to the left, you’d fade the ball. Or, to put it another way, you’d create a gentle, left-to-right curve in your ball flight.

Now, unless you’re some kind of golf prodigy, you’ve probably learned firsthand that too much curve can be a bad thing. For the sake of simplicity, I’m going to focus on teaching you how to create a deliberate draw or fade in this article. However, if you could also use help fixing your hook or slice, we have videos and articles that cover those subjects in depth. Be sure to check them out!

For now, let’s talk about how you can use clubface angle and club path to create the curve you want.

How to Shape Golf Shots

Shaping your golf shots seems like it would require pinpoint precision and perfect timing. The truth, however, is much simpler. You don’t have to change anything about your swing. The most significant change you have to make is in the position of your body.


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