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Fade Trajectory - Small

The fade trajectory for a right-handed golfer.

Illustration by William Glessner
Definition: "Fade" describes a trajectory or ball flight in which the golf ball comes off the clubface moving to the left of the target before curving gently back to the right (for a right-handed golfer; reverse directions for a left-hander).

The shape of a fade is the same as that of a slice, however, a slice is much more severe in its left-to-right (for right-handers) movement. A slice is the most common problem for recreational golfers. A fade, however, is often a shot played intentionally and is even the preferred ball flight for some of the best golfers in the world (Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan, among others, preferred to play a fade).

Also see: Quick tips for a fade

Also Known As: Cut or cut shot. A ball worked to produce a fade is often called a cut shot.
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