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Sculpting the Fairways: Mastering Draws and Fades with Trackman Indoor Golf




Man in mid-swing on a golf course

A mark of any seasoned golfer is the ability to shape shots on demand. Whether it’s a gentle draw around a dogleg left or a fade to counter a left-to-right wind, the skill to manipulate ball flight can open new possibilities on the golf course and help lower your scores. At Golf Collective, we utilize state-of-the-art Trackman technology to help golfers learn, refine, and perfect their shot-shaping abilities. Here's how:


Understanding Draws and Fades


Before delving into the how-to, let's define our terms. A draw is a shot that starts to the right of the target (for a right-handed golfer) and curves left to land on the target. A fade, on the other hand, begins left of the target and gently curves to the right, back towards the target. Both shots are not only pleasing to the eye but also incredibly functional in navigating the various challenges a golf course can present.


Shaping Shots with Trackman


Trackman uses dual radar technology to capture a wealth of data about your golf swing and the resulting ball flight. It measures clubface angle, club path, attack angle, ball speed, spin rate, and more. These metrics provide deep insights into why the ball is flying the way it is, which is invaluable when learning to shape shots intentionally.


Club Path and Face Angle: The interplay between your club path (the direction the club is moving at the point of impact) and the clubface angle largely determines the curvature of your shots. For a draw, the club path should be right of the target, with the clubface slightly closed (but still to the right of the target). For a fade, the club path should be left of the target, with the clubface slightly open (but still left of the target). Trackman can accurately measure these parameters, giving you immediate feedback on your swing.


Swing Adjustments: To shape shots, you may need to adjust your setup, swing path, or release. Trackman's detailed analytics can guide these adjustments. For example, if you're struggling to hit a draw, Trackman might show that your clubface is too open at impact or your club path is too far left.


Monitoring Progress: Trackman's ability to store and track data over time allows you to monitor your progress as you work on shaping shots. You can compare different sessions to see how your shot-shaping skills are improving, and what adjustments lead to the best results.


Lowering Your Handicap With Indoor Golf


Mastering shot shaping can be a game-changer in terms of strategy and scoring on the golf course. With the ability to hit both draws and fades, you can better navigate doglegs, avoid hazards, and attack pins tucked away in corners of greens. The better you get at controlling your ball flight, the more potential there is to lower your scores and handicap.


For example, instead of attempting a straight shot over a water hazard, you could play a safer fade or draw around it. Similarly, on a hole with a dogleg, being able to shape your shot in the direction of the bend can significantly shorten the hole and improve scoring opportunities.


At Golf Collective, our mission is to help golfers of all levels unlock their potential. With Trackman indoor golf technology and the right guidance, we aim to provide you with the tools to elevate your game to new heights, one shaped shot at a time.


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