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The Address & Posture Position | Ball Positioning.

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I have divided the 'Address & Posture Position' into five instructional 'Lesson Headings' for ease of explanation.

These are;

1. Club Alignment.
2. The Grip Position.
3. Creating a Stance Position.
4. Ball Position.
5. Posture.

 

 

The width of your 'Stance' and 'Distance' you stand from the ball will vary when using different clubs in your set, ranging from a wider position when using a 'Driver' to a narrower position when using a shorter club such as a 'Pitching Wedge'. Within this Address & Posture Instruction I'm working with a 7 iron throughout.

 

Ok lets get started:

4. Ball Position.

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               The Ball Position for a 7 iron.

The fourth step in my 'Address & Posture Routine' is positioning the Golf Ball correctly into your Stance.

And positioning your ball correctly is a very important element of your Address Position as it can have a positive or negative effect on the quality of your 'Ball Striking' and 'Ball Flight'.

Therefore it's imperative you use the correct Position to suit the Club you are using, the shot you are playing and the lie you are playing from.

 

 

  • Please Note;

  • Within this lesson I am using a 7 iron with a basic central ball position to keep my instruction clear and simple. Your 'Ball Positioning' can and will change when using different club's in your set as each Club has its own basic 'Ball Position'.

     

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                  A typical Ball Position for a Driver.

    When using a 'Driver' the Ball needs to be placed on a Tee Peg and positioned to the left side or front side of your Stance due to the clubs low loft angle.

    If I can assume your Golf Swing is travelling on the correct Swing Plane and Square Swing Path your Clubhead will be encouraged to return back to the ball in a square position when impacting the ball. 

     

     

     

     

    If we now add in the Forward Ball Positioning into this equation your Clubhead will be encoraged to strike the ball as your swing starts to move into your Upswing that results in the ball being swept off the Tee Peg. Typically the ball is positioned level with the 'Left Heel' when looking from a head on view.

     

     

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                 A typical Ball Position for a Wedge.

    If you are using short iron such as a 9 iron or Pitching Wedge then position your Golf Ball into the right side or backside of your Stance Position due to the increased loft angle.

    If I can assume your Golf Swing is travelling on the correct Swing Plane and Square Swing Path your Clubhead will be encouraged to return back to the ball in a square position when impacting the ball.

     

     

     

     

    If we now add in the Ball Positioning into this equation your Clubhead will be encoraged to strike the ball as your swing is moving through your Downswing. This results in the Clubhead striking down and through the ball at impact. Typically the ball is positioned right of the centre line in your Stance Position when looking from a head on view.

     

    Ball Positioning for a 7 iron.

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                   Ideal ball positioning for a 7 iron.

    To start your 'Ball Positioning' for a 7 Iron place your golf ball so it is in the middle of your Stance then move the ball approximately 1 inch (2.5cm) to the left of your centre line within your Stance so it is now positioned slightly forward of a central position.

    A simple way of determining the centre line in your stance is to place a club on the ground so it is positioned at right angles to the line across your Toes. Position the Butt End of your club so it is pointing towards your Ball then look down to check where the shaft is in your Stance Position to determine your Ball Position, please remember this example that I am using is a basic 'Ball Position' for a 7 iron.

     

    This simple practice technique can be used for other Clubs in your set by moving the Club on the ground into different positions to suit the Club you are using. I would now like to take matters a little further by talking about the two basic Ball Positioning methods most commonly used in golf today.

     

    These are;

  • The 'American Ball Position'.

  • The 'European Ball Position'.

  • 'The American Style of Ball Positioning'.

    *Put simply the American Ball Positioning is quite a simple method to use as the ball is kept in a fixed / constant position in your Stance and then move your Right Foot in or out to widen or narrow the width of your 'Stance Position' and the width of your stance is determined by the club you are using.

     

  • Here are some examples of a 'Constant Ball Position'.

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                        The club used is a 'Driver'.

    With this example I am using a Driver and the Ball is positioned opposite my Left Heel at Address.

    My Stance is at its widest when using this Club.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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                        The club used is a '5 iron'.

    With this example I am using a 5 Iron and the Ball is still positioned opposite my left heel at Address.

    The width of my Stance has narrowed when compared to the width of Stance used when playing with a Driver. This is done by moving the Right Foot towards the Left Foot with the Ball remaining in a 'Constant Position'.

     

     

     

     

     

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                        The club used is a '9 iron'.

    With this example I am using a 9 Iron and the Ball is still positioned opposite my Left Heel at Address.

    The width of my Stance has narrowed when compared to the width of Stance used when playing with a 5 Iron. This is done by moving the Right Foot towards the Left Foot with the Ball remaining in a 'Constant Position'.

     

     

     

     

    'The European Style of Ball Positioning'.

    Put simply the European Method of Ball Positioning is moving your ball into different positions within your Stance ranging from the left heel (front side) of your 'Stance' to the right heel (back-side) of your 'Stance' and this is known as 'Progressive Ball Positioning'

     

  • Here are some examples of 'Progressive Ball Positioning'

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                An example of a Forward Ball Position.

    A forward Ball Position favors the left-side of your Stance and is used if you want to play with a Higher Ball Flight as this type of positioning will encourage 'Loft' to be added to the Clubhead at Impact.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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                An example of a Backward Ball Position.

    A Backward Ball Position favors the right-side of your Stance and is used if you want to play a Lower Ball Flight as this type of positioning will encourage the Loft Angle of the Clubhead to decrease at Impact.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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                An example of a Central Ball Position.

    The 'Progressive' method of Ball Positioning is most commonly used in professional golf today as it offers a wider variety of Ball Strike and Ball Flight to the player.

    Please Remember!

    I am working with a '7 iron' throughout this lesson to keep my points simple for ease of understanding. The width of your 'Stance' and your 'Ball Position' will vary when using different clubs in your set!

     

     

     

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                         The Posture Position.

    The term 'Posture Position' refers to the balance and position of your Body. This position needs to create a foundation of 'Angles & Lines' for your 'Body Movement' & 'Hand & Arm Swing to rotate around.

    In this lesson I will talk about the importance of creating and checking your 'Spine Angle' and 'Body Line' within your Posture Positioning.

    Controlling your Spine Angle is critical to your Golf Swing as it acts like an axle in a wheel. If the axle remains in a central position then the wheel will rotate efficiently but if the axle moves away from its central position the wheel becomes buckled and the wheel breaks down, your Golf Swing works in the same way!

     

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