When is a Fade really a Slice?

When is a Fade really a Slice?

Yes, there is a difference between a beautiful high fade and a hideous slice.  One, a shot that will land gently, like a butterfly with sore feet, and the other, a slashing swipe that starts right and then goes further right.

The preferable fade, often referred to as a butter cut because the feel is as effortless as a warm knife moving through a tub of room temperature butter.  Ah, the controlled fade.

Golfers with lower handicaps than mine employ the fade when trying to place the golf ball in a particular spot on the golf course, usually on one side of a fairway.  Another situation where the fade is useful is hitting into a shallow green, or maybe over a bunker to a tucked pin placement.


A fade drops out of the sky with little or no roll.  A slice runs out deeper into the woods or hazard, not listening to your desperate commands.  A slice is like a dog off-leash, while a fade is used by strategic golfers the same way a hunter signals to a well-trained retriever.


There are myriad ways to combat the slice, though most, if not all, are unreliable.  In my long experience fighting the slice, the best results come from simply deciding not to slice the golf ball.  Sounds easy enough, and this decision can have a temporary, straightening effect on my shots.

But with OB on the right side of the fairway or some other menacing hazard, the plan falls apart pretty fast.  Not quite as dramatically as the Mike Tyson quote, “everybody has a plan until they get punched in the nose.”

Jacking one (or two) out is like a punch in the nose.  Tough to recover from, and the shock can send the mind reeling.  I know from experience, it can get loud in the ‘control room.’  I’ve had rounds where even my putts start slicing.  A feeling of hopelessness feels inescapable.

The Knock Down to Save your Round

Quite the Chap does have a video that can help, aptly titled “The Knock Down to Save your Round.”  This lifeline is a great choice for those moments of deep desperation mid-round.

What do you do when the round goes tapioca?  Or when the wind picks up and seems to magnify any defects in your swing previously undetected?

How nice would it be to have a ‘Genie’ appear and offer a forgotten nugget to cure your slice?  Forget the lesson, just grant me my wish!  Transform my ‘Right and then some’ slice into a manageable fade.

There is a thin line between genius and madness.  And therein lies the difference between a Fade and a Slice.



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