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Hit it like Hideki: Replicate the winning shot from the Sony Open
Todd Anderson is the Director of Instruction at the PGA TOUR Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass, home of The Players Championship. The 2010 National PGA Teacher of the Year has seen his students amass more than 50 victories across the PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour, including two FedExCup titles. He is currently rated by Golf Digest as one of the top 20 golf instructors in the United States.
In this tutorial, Anderson explains how to hit a high fade like the one Hideki Matsuyama used in a playoff to win the 2022 Sony Open in Hawaii, where the Japanese star flushed a high, left-to-right fade from 276 yards out that landed just 2 feet from the hole.
1 - Position the ball off the left heel, with the upper body tilted slightly away from the target. This helps you to hit (launch) the ball high so it can land softly on the green.
2 - Set your body left of the target (where you want the ball to start) and aim the club face where you want the ball to finish.
3- Swing the club along your body line, keeping the club face open to your swing direction or path.
4- The back of the left hand and face of the club are looking toward the sky, not rotating over. The right arm stays behind the shaft, while the toe of the club does not pass the heel through impact. This promotes a left-to-right ball flight.