Should You Draw It Or Fade It?

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11 Responses to “Should You Draw It Or Fade It?”

  1. This is what I’m trying to do, please show you feet postion, at impact is club open,closed? Thank you

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      August 10, 2013

      Pete Mitchell

      Robert, My feet position is square to my target line. My club face might be ever so slightly open at impact, but it is so minimal. I like the fade because it is the easiest shot to play. My swing likes to produce a fade. I tried the draw years ago, but it was too tough and inconsistent to produce every time. I want a shot that I can rely on under pressure each day. Plus some of the greatest players of all time played a fade and I figured out if it was good enough for them…it’s good enough for me.

    • August 11, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      That was just a playing tip. I wasn’t to show you how to do it.

      I did a tip on it here:

      Should You Hit a Draw or a Fade?:

  2. August 9, 2013


    Hi Pete,
    I notice that your right knee does not touch your left leg. My swing is the same. Should I be trying to “touch the legs” like Paul preaches, or is getting them close good enough?


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      August 10, 2013

      Pete Mitchell

      Len, I have hit a couple million golf balls and sometimes my legs might not touch exactly. But, the reason Paul wants the legs touching is so that you can have that instant feedback every time you hit a shot. I know my legs are powering my swing because 1.) this is how i was taught to play the game and 2.) it’s what I’m thinking about on every shot, every day. If you touch your legs together then you get the feedback, I do not know why you wold not want this in your swing.

  3. Dear Pete ,You speak sound common sense :why bog your mind with unnecessary thoughts when you are about to go for the target .My shots are always very straight with a slight fade towards the end of the trajectory ,and I never try to draw the ball ,which would put stress on my swing ?
    That’sputting in action the motto you already know ,of course :KISS

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      August 10, 2013

      Pete Mitchell

      Raymond, you are understanding EXACTLY what I am trying to explain in most of these playing tips. Making golf more complicated is the last thing you ever want to do.

  4. I have decided to focus on my one shot is just a Straight shot. Especially with my drive. If I miss it a bit I tend to fade it. Isnt the best single shot to have just plain old Straight>>>???

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      August 10, 2013

      Pete Mitchell

      Ralph, my shots are fairly straight but do drift a little right at the end, a fade. Its really whatever your shot is then stick to it. When you try to hit both shots all the time, you then have to work twice as much. If your shot is straight, then always hit that shot. I like a fade and thats what my swing creates.

  5. August 11, 2013


    G’day Pete,
    KISS ‘keep it simple stupid’ is a good way to go about any activity. When I am playing at my best I can do both shots at will. the “best” is transient.
    We have to have these shots in our bag for the times when we put the ball behind a tree (for instance).

  6. August 12, 2013


    Pete, thanks for the tip. I have always been trying to move the ball fading and drawing but sometimes not because of the pin, but because of the distance. I know my fades travel less than my draws. Therefore sometimes it is a distance issue rather than a direction issue.

    What I don’t see is using a fade (or draw) pointing to a bunker is that sometimes (I’m a mid handicap 10) the ball comes out dead straight and I enter into trouble instead of having tried to go to center of green, which is a tip you gave couple of weeks ago and has helped me a lot.

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