Why You Need This: In this video, you'll learn golf ball position tips for fade and draw shots.
This will help you out whenever you need to work your ball right or left.
And if you're having a rough time straightening out your shots, the ball position tips you get in the video can help you make some quick, on-the-fly fixes on the course.
You'll discover some interesting data in the video...
I break out my FlightScope to show you how the ball flight changes with your ball position.
First, you'll get a quick recap of your ball position for a standard shot.
For a standard shot, you'll want the ball positioned around the logo of your shirt.
That position allows you to strike the ball just before the low point of your swing, compressing the ball and taking a small divot.
And your ball flight for a standard shot should be straight or maybe you'll hit with a slight draw.
But what if you're looking to fade the ball?
Put the ball up in your stance to take advantage of your club path, which naturally curves out-to-in past the standard ball position.
Also, open up your stance to increase the out-to-in path you need for a fade.
What about hitting a draw?
Just do the opposite of what you did for a fade...
Put the ball back in your stance and let your wrists turn over.
Check out the video to see the FlightScope stats.
The spin axis stats are especially interesting.
Watch now for golf ball position tips for fade and draw and to work your shots like a pro!
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Instructors Featured: Clay Ballard
Video Duration: 6:07
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Hi guys, and welcome back. Now I know a lot of you are wanting to play a nice draw, or maybe you’re wanting to play a fade, and you’re wanting to work the ball a little bit.
You’re wanting to be able to adjust when you’re out on the course, maybe you get the ball curving the wrong way and you want to straighten that out. That’s exactly how you should be doing this.
So in today’s video we’re going to talk about how we can move the ball around a little bit. I’ve got my FlightScope out here, the radar, it’s going to show the ball flight. I’m going to hit a couple shots for us, that’s going to help us to see the differences in the curvature as we move the ball around in our stance.
Our typical ball position, let’s go ahead and talk about if I’m setting up for just a standard shot, I want the ball to be basically off the logo of my shirt or my left ear. So as I’m swinging down, the low point of my swing kind of on the inside of my left shoulder is going to be slightly in front of the ball.
That’s going to help me to come down, hit the ball first, compress the ball, and then take that divot out in front of the golf ball. That’s kind of our standard, stock shot. That’s going to get us a roughly straight ball flight to slight draw.
We don’t want to get it too deep into the science on this. But let’s just say that’s our standard shot, whatever slightly variations in ball flight that you may get as a player.
Now if I want to play a little bit more of a fade, let’s say that I start to hook a few, and maybe I want to get a fade, or maybe I get on a hole that’s downwind, dog leg to the right, I want to play it a little more up in my stance. That way the path can be coming back into the left.
Let me talk about how this works. Let’s imagine that I’m swinging here and there’s kind of a hula hoop that I’m swinging in. As I’m swinging down, the club is moving out to the right. See how that club is moving out this direction as I’m swinging down?
So it’s moving from behind me to in front of me, out to the right in this direction. As I make the bottom of the swing, and the swing back up, now the club is moving back in to the left. The farther toward the front of the hula hoop that I play the ball, the more up and to the left my club is going to be moving.
The farther back, the more down and to the right. So if I want to play a fade, I want to move that ball up a little bit so that I can swing a little bit more to the left easier, because now it’s naturally going to do that. Then I’ll just have the face a little bit open as I’m doing this.
Now if I want to do this, I’m going to – let’s say this is my standard set up, pretty square stance – I’m going to drop my left foot back just a little bit, open up my left toe, and I’m going to play that ball about an inch farther forward in my stance. If this is my stock set up, I’m ready for my nice draw.
I’m going to play that ball just about an inch forward in my stance, and then I’m also going to open up my stance a little bit, open up this foot a little bit. That’s going to help me to swing slightly more to the left. It’s naturally tilting the plane of my swing a bit more to the left as I’m coming down.
If I do this, let’s go ahead and try out a fade. Now today, not the best video, not the best weather conditions for this kind of video. The trees behind me are blocking all the wind. There is a heavy wind moving left to right. So this ball shouldn’t move pretty hard from left to right if I do this correctly.
There we go, that ball really got moving. Aw yeah, the wind’s taking it way over there.
Let’s look at my FlightScope numbers here. We’re going to see I swung 97 miles an hour, 166 carry yards. Let’s look at my spin, 7,600. My spin axis, this is the one I want to look at. This is telling me which direction my ball was spinning.
If I have this – this is kind of an imaginary ball here – this will be my ball spinning straight back. If I’m playing a fade, my spin axis turned this way, and now as that ball spins it starts to curve out that way.
On that particular shot, my spin axis was 13.6° to the right. That means that ball got tilted like this as it started to spin, and that gave it the fade. That doesn’t have anything to do with the wind, that’s just the tilt of the ball.
Now let’s go ahead and swing another one, and instead of having that ball up in my stance and swinging a little bit to the left, now I’m going to play it slightly back in my stance, going to help me swing out to the right. I’m going to play a bit of a draw as I do this.
Again, we may not see that ball drawing because of this heavy wind left to right, but we’re definitely going to see the spin axis on here, no problem with that at all.
So here’s my stock ball position, kind of off the logo of my shirt. I’m going to go ahead and play it a little bit back. I’m going to line up a bit to the right, so I’m going to drop my right foot back slightly, and I’m going to feel like I really get that ball turning over right to left as I’m hitting this shot.
Let’s give it a whirl. There we go, that ball started to turn over. Too heavy of a wind, nothing I can do about that. Not going to be able to get that to show up right to left on today, unless I hit like a 20-yard draw.
Let’s go over to the spin axis again. Almost dead straight, so the spin axis was just a little bit to the right there, but I tilted it about 13° back, mostly because I hit it a little bit off the hosel on that one.
Let’s go ahead and try one more out. I’ve got to do better than that. I know you guys will be wanting to see one that turns over right to left. This time I’m really going to get that ball to turn over, kind of hit a low, hard-hit hook, or a hard-hit draw if I do this correctly.
Again, a little bit back in the stance, stance a little bit to the right, and now I’m really going to let those hands roll on over. Let’s try it out.
There we go. You see I took a little bit more of a divot, because I was putting the ball farther back in my stance. So normally I wouldn’t play it quite that far to the back. Let’s see what the spin axis looked like on that one.
We’re 3.4° to the left. We started to get that spin axis to turn over to the left slightly. Good luck t you guys, move that ball position around, you could see that last one starting to have a little bit of draw on it, so it’s really, really nice. That’s my typical ball flight, it’s pretty straight.
Work that ball position so you can control your ball flight. Good luck to you guys, and I’ll see you all soon.