Understanding Ball Position for Driver and Irons
You hear the words “position” or “positioning” in sports a lot—and with good reason.
Football coaches talk about the importance of field position and positional matchups in regards to players. Basketball coaches stress being in the right position on defense or to grab a rebound. Auto racers are obsessed with pole position and getting position on the track so they can make a move towards Victory Lane. Boxing, tennis, soccer, it doesn’t really matter what sport you choose, your position is key.
Golf is certainly no different. And today, we’re going to talk ball position at address—with all clubs.
It all goes back to the basic fundamentals you learned during your very first junior lesson. Grip the club with your hands in the right position, stand with your feet, and the proper ball position at address. Without these basic fundamentals, you simply can’t play good golf.
Now you might think, “I learned about those things as a kid and it doesn’t apply now.” Not true. We could all use a refresher course from time-to-time. There could be several reasons why you played poorly during your last round. You might have doomed your round before you swung the club, all because you weren’t lined up properly.
Knowing the proper positioning during setup is the key to scoring, and in this article I’m going to walk you through your bag and show you how having the proper set up will help you play better and score better.
Let’s start with the driver since it’s the first club you’re going to grab and a good drive puts you in a position (there’s that word again!) to make par or better.
To hit a good drive with maximum distance you need two things: a high launch angle and low spin on the ball. Getting the ball in the proper position in your stance is the key to making it happen. (P.S. We measure all of these numbers with our Flightscope)
The ideal position for the ball is off your left heel (if you’re right-handed). This allows you to make a nice swing and create a positive angle of attack for your drive. By that, I mean you’ll be hitting slightly up on the ball and produce the optimal combination of a high launch angle and low spin.
The tendency with most amateurs is to have the ball more in the middle of their stance. This means you’ll be hitting down on the ball and imparting a lot of spin and a lower launch angle. This will rob you of distance and accuracy every single time guaranteed. A simple aid you can use is to put two golf balls at the tips of your shoes.
Now step back and look at the three balls. If it looks like a perfect triangle, you have the ball too far back in your stance. It should look almost like an “L” and be close to a right angle.
Do that and you’ve got the proper setup up to grip it and rip it.
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