If you are starting out in golf and are a little confused as to where you should switch your golf stance ball position for each club, let us make it very simple for you.
This is actually a very easy one. The actual swing for all of your full shots does not change, but your golf stance and ball position will change slightly from the driver to the irons and wedges.
For a short iron, you ideally need to hit the ball on a descending angle of approach, and the loft of the club will get the ball in the air. To achieve this make sure that you position the ball in the middle of your stance as per the below diagram. You will notice that the stance is also quite narrow for a short iron. Your goal is to hit down on the ball and let the loft of the club get the ball in the air.
The ideal ball position for this club would be about one inch forward of the middle of the stance. You also want to descend into the ball for this club as it has a decent amount of loft. As you can see there is really not much difference between this and the pitching wedge, but the ball is just slightly forward.
Long Irons and Hybrids
For a long iron and a hybrid club, you want to play the ball a little further forward in your stance. Because they have less loft you will need to play the ball forward to get the ideal angle of approach. A couple of inches forward of the middle of the stance is an ideal ball position.
The fairway wood ball position will creep up even more forward in the stance. The ideal ball position would be about two to three inches inside the left heel. The fairway wood will also need to be attacked on an ascending angle of approach. The less loft means you need to help the ball in the air on the upswing. The adjusted ball position is all you need to do to achieve this.
Finally, the ideal spot for the driver is directly opposite your left heel or about one inch inside the left heel. Drivers do not have much loft on them so you need to hit the ball on an ascending angle of approach to help the ball in the air. A ball position that is further forward will help achieve this.
Changing Ball Flight
You will notice as you become more familiar with the game that some players adjust their ball position with their golf clubs. The reason being is to achieve the following ball flights. This is based on a right-handed golfer, so a left-handed player will implement the exact opposite.
Left to Right – A player will place the ball further forward in their stance. This is known as fading, slicing or cutting the golf ball.
Right to Left – A player will place the ball slightly further back. This is known as hitting a draw or a hook if it is a severe right to left.
Low Ball Flight – A player will place the ball back in the stance depending on the club. Also known as the punch shot or the stinger which Tiger Woods has made famous with his 2 iron.
High Ball Flight – A player will place the ball further forward in their stance to achieve this shot.
For example, if a player had a long iron and was after a lower ball flight they would simply place the ball closer to the centre of their stance.
I hope this has helped simplify the ball position question as it is a common question that is asked.
This is actually quite simple and with a little practice you will know where to position the ball for each club in your bag based on the type of shot you want to hit.
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