How do YOU shape your shots?

Colbalt

jt2929

Equipment Junkie
Joined
Nov 10, 2010
Messages
2,379
Reaction score
52
Location
Southern Tier, NY
Handicap
golf
My natural shot shape is a fade of 10 yards or so. I can only hit a draw with my hybrids, and not very consistently. I have seen 2 schools of thought on how to shape shots.
1. change your swing path
2. open or close your clubface, but keep the same swing

So my question is, how do you guys do it? One of the two above, or something completely different?
 

JB

Follow @THPGolf
Albatross 2021 Club
Staff member
Joined
Oct 8, 2008
Messages
213,409
Reaction score
93,774
Location
Where the THP Tour Van Takes Us!

One-T

Skimming since Nov 2009
Joined
Nov 12, 2009
Messages
22,905
Reaction score
230
Location
Franklin, North Carolina
Handicap
12
I would recommend you try and find the Hank Haney episode from 12 nights at the academy. He touched on this very subject and gave some great visual help. I tried to find it on Youtube but had no luck.
 

bogey_russ

outside operations
Joined
Dec 9, 2009
Messages
12,100
Reaction score
31
Location
ha-y/ diego/ vb
Handicap
girs
swing path is key for me
if i just open or close the clubface ill hit a cut or a pull
 

TC

Keg Thrower
Joined
Sep 19, 2009
Messages
17,999
Reaction score
292
Location
God's Country
Handicap
0.7
i have no desire to shape shots, unless i absolutely have to. i am from the school of long and straight, i like those shots. i can hit a fade much easier than i can a draw, and when i do draw the ball it's very subtle.
 

jt2929

Equipment Junkie
Joined
Nov 10, 2010
Messages
2,379
Reaction score
52
Location
Southern Tier, NY
Handicap
golf
THP Resident GolfTEC Pro Andy did a video on this very subject. You can watch it here.

http://thehackersparadise.com/home/?p=1767
Thanks JB. Great video.

I would recommend you try and find the Hank Haney episode from 12 nights at the academy. He touched on this very subject and gave some great visual help. I tried to find it on Youtube but had no luck.
I'll try to find it. I think I saw every episode except Haney's.

I'm really interested to see what the majority of people here do to shape shots.
 

BenJ

New member
Joined
Oct 29, 2010
Messages
323
Reaction score
1
Location
Phoenix
Handicap
Wrists
I like straight, but as my swing has improved I've generated a very slight draw. The only exception being with my 60*, where I have a natural fade when I open the face. Otherwise... If I want a duck hook, I pull really hard with my left arm. If I want a fade (slice) I keep my weight back, swing very vertically, and usually end off balance. Rarely do I do either on purpose.
 

lcsmrtn

New member
Joined
Oct 26, 2010
Messages
2,785
Reaction score
5
Location
Atlantic Canada
Handicap
3.5
I do it just like Andy does (well attempt to anyway), I had read that in a golf magazine, I think it was a Lorena Ochoa tip.
 

Flooder

Active member
Joined
May 25, 2010
Messages
1,152
Reaction score
8
Location
Massachusetts
Handicap
4.4
the method Andy focuses on is the one I try to use. The results aren't so great, but that's me. He didn't discuss it, but I as always under the impression that the last element to this is adjusting your finish, or am I mixing the two methods?
 

WestTex

I'm the bomb.com
Joined
Oct 11, 2010
Messages
1,668
Reaction score
6
Location
Midland TX
Handicap
8.1
I remember a little thing Annika Sorenstam did on TV. She showed the way she hit a draw was to keep the club pointed at the target, and then positioned her body to where she wanted to start the ball. Seemed to work wonders for her, I haven't quite figured it out yet though >.< I tend to just change my swing plane to more inside out and just tell myself to not let the club face open.
 

thepete

New member
Joined
Dec 2, 2010
Messages
2,568
Reaction score
17
Location
Sweden
Handicap
+3
It has to do with my swing path. I'm not a fan of opening or shutting the clubface. My basic thought contains three things:
1. Hitting a "block" (feels like it) if I want a fade, or make sure I release and roll over properly if I want a draw.
2. I imagine a line from the ball to the hole. Then I just want a feeling of me hitting outside or inside that line depending on if I want a fade or a draw.
3. The finish. I have these images in my head of where I want to be at the end. It helps me with both putting the club on the proper plane after I hit the ball and holding off/rolling over the wrists after impact.
Fade:

Draw:


It helps a lot that I'm really flexible.
 

GopherNut

Member
Joined
Dec 28, 2010
Messages
430
Reaction score
2
Location
Minnesota
Handicap
3.1
I adjust my stance a little (open or closed) but also rotate my right hand (I'm right handed) either under/strong for a draw or over the top/weak for a fade. Works for me. Changing a swing could get messy.
 

coolbreeze

Aspiring Golferr
Joined
Sep 19, 2010
Messages
22,092
Reaction score
139
Location
Victoria, BC
Handicap
RCGA 8.9
I play my fade and never try to hit a draw.
 

thepete

New member
Joined
Dec 2, 2010
Messages
2,568
Reaction score
17
Location
Sweden
Handicap
+3
I play my fade and never try to hit a draw.
Most faders struggly mightily with it, including me. I could only hit a fade from I was 14 to 23. It's taken thousands upon thousands of balls for me to have the confidence to bring the draw onto the course and into tournament play. Now I can hit both, but boy it's taken time and effort.
 

SD Charlie

New member
Joined
Nov 3, 2010
Messages
303
Reaction score
1
Location
San Diego, CA
Handicap
my brain
Wow - a lot of good information in here! I have been practicing resident Pro Andy's technique (from THP TV) about body position and face angle. Draws / hooks come much more easily to me than fades. With some practice though, I'm starting to get the hang of what my body needs to do for a fade - might even try it out on course this weekend. A key for me when hitting a fade is to swing to a high finish, with my hands high and in front of me. If I follow through completely, I end up hitting way left of my intended target. For a draw, I don't even really think about it, I just line myself up and swing away. I guess that makes it my "stock" swing. Bear in mind, I've only been talking about my irons here. With my driver, shaping of shots is completely involuntary. I aim more or less down the middle and pray that I can find my ball later.
 

Hawk

Master Painter
Joined
Dec 2, 2009
Messages
66,791
Reaction score
223
Location
IL
Fade= Normal swing
Draw= Get on other side of the ball then give it a normal swing.
 

arydolphin

GTHC!
Joined
Aug 26, 2009
Messages
22,123
Reaction score
425
Location
Brookline, MA
Handicap
6.9
My natural shot has always been a draw, but I've worked on not coming so far from the inside so fades are getting a little easier for me. I do not change my grip on the club because the orientation of the clubface primarily controls the initial direction of the ball. To hit a fade, I move the ball slightly forward in my stance and open my stance up slightly. For a draw, move the ball back in my stance and close the stance a little bit. I have a tendency for my normal ball position to creep further back than it should be, which is another reason why I usually draw the ball.
 

JNRadio

Banned
Joined
Nov 23, 2010
Messages
1,296
Reaction score
32
Location
New Jersey
Handicap
12.8
Horrible slicer when I 1st started out, now I hit a draw (or hook when things go bad) would never attempt to hit a fade on purpose for fear of getting the slice back...
 

JRod

New member
Joined
May 17, 2010
Messages
31,635
Reaction score
62
Location
Eastern Iowa
Handicap
4.2 USGA
Trajectory and drawing the ball anywhere from 5-20 yards is cake, but I can't seem to get a consistant fade to save my life. It really screws me on alot of tight courses...I can't hit the ball straight. If I get any impedance to my natural draw I get in deep trouble.
 

SPG40

New member
Joined
Jan 12, 2011
Messages
1,157
Reaction score
1
Location
Montague, MA
Handicap
8.0
When I first started playing golf I sliced the ball quite alot,probably 90% of the time with driver.After playing for a few years and lots of practice I have managed to turn that severe slice into a nice 8-10 yard or so fade,my natural swing.Now I would love to be able to shape my shots more,but my main problem with that is the dreaded hook creeps in way too much.I have resigned myself to hit the controlled fade,esp. with driver,by playing the ball more forward in my stance and finishing my shot smoothly.Eventually I would like to have a draw in the bag,but for now i'm happy with the fade and rare smallish draw when I let the ball creep back in my stance.No hooks though please, can't stand missing left!
 

Greenshit

New member
Joined
Jan 15, 2011
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Handicap
36
For a draw, I'll step into my address forward foot first. For a fade, right foot first. It helps me close my shoulders or open them, respectively.
 

tdinbr

Water hazards are tough!
Joined
Apr 20, 2010
Messages
2,926
Reaction score
9
Location
Baton Rouge, LA
Handicap
10.5 OOB
Welcome to THP Greenshit........interesting name ya chose!! Could go one of 2 ways there.....:D
 

bogey_russ

outside operations
Joined
Dec 9, 2009
Messages
12,100
Reaction score
31
Location
ha-y/ diego/ vb
Handicap
girs
Welcome to THP Greenshit........interesting name ya chose!! Could go one of 2 ways there.....:D
hahahaha... i am seriously dying here i cant stop laughing
 

i3putt

New member
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
16
Reaction score
0
Location
Tempe, AZ
Handicap
11
My natural shot shape is a fade of 10 yards or so. I can only hit a draw with my hybrids, and not very consistently. I have seen 2 schools of thought on how to shape shots.
1. change your swing path
2. open or close your clubface, but keep the same swing

So my question is, how do you guys do it? One of the two above, or something completely different?
I keep a consistent path and and alter the grip (stronger or weaker) depending on which way i want to send the ball
 

Welcome to The Hackers Paradise

Don't just play golf, live it!

Register Log in
Top