There are several posts on this blog on how to fade or draw the ball. They all work, but the methods I presented are all somewhat mechanical.
Today’s method, a more intuitive one, was mentioned in an earlier post on the subject (method five). I want to develop it more here.
When the ball fades, it is because the clubface was open to the path. Another way to say this is that the heel of the club went through impact before the toe did.
Drawing the ball is the opposite. The clubface is closed to the swing path, so the toe of the club goes through impact before the heel does.
Looking at it that way, to get either effect, take your normal backswing, and on the way down, think “heel first” to fade, or “toe first” to draw.
Your unconscious mind adjusts your lower hand on the handle accordingly during the forward swing. No conscious effort on your part is required, or should be made. If you try to guide your hand, the rest of your swing will suffer.
Let your unconscious mind take care of it, and swing at a pace that allows the adjustment to be made in time and not get overpowered.
IOW, slow it down if you have to.
One adjustment you will have to make in your setup is to aim to one side of the target or the other to allow for the impending curvature, but that’s the only one. From there, make your regular swing right along your stance line.
Like anything, this method takes a bit of practice. The practice is to think the appropriate thought and then stay out of its way and let it happen.
That might not be easy to do at first, so don’t give up if it doesn’t work the first two times you try. Remember that it’s a mental thing, not a physical thing.
Bonus: If you have been thinking ahead, you would know that to hit a straight shot you might think, “face first” to send a square clubface at the ball.