Correct Golf Ball Position

Complete Guide to The Perfect Golf Set Up – Part 4

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In part 4 of this Perfect Golf Set Up Guide, we’ll look at the correct golf ball position for each club…

We’ve already covered the correct distance to the golf ball and a quick test that you can use to make sure you’re not setting up too close or too far away. If you haven’t seen that yet, check out part 3 of this mini series.

The video below looks at the ideal golf ball position between your feet- whether the ball should sit centrally between your feet or closer to your left or right foot.

The position of the golf ball actually changes depending on the club you’re using. The reason for this is that we want to slightly change the impact position and the launch conditions so that we get the best ball flight for the club in hand.

Watch the video below or see the video summary beneath:

Golf Ball Position – Video Summary

  • Take your correct width of stance and place a club directly in the centre, at right angles to the ball-to-target line.
  • This central position is the ideal position for the shortest clubs in your bag – lob wedge, sand wedge, gap wedge, pitching wedge etc. It helps us to hit down on the ball creating more backspin.
  • For each longer club, the ball position should move roughly half an inch towards your front foot (left foot for right-handed golfers). So a 7 iron for example, would be played a couple of inches off centre, towards your front foot.
  • The longest club in the bag, the driver, should be played just inside the front foot or opposite the left big toe (again for the right-handed golfer). This allows us to sweep the ball away rather than hitting down on it.
  • The golf ball position should also move closer and further away from the body with each club – because each club is a different length. For a quick and easy method of positioning the golf ball the right distance from you, see this distance to golf ball tip

Other Lessons In This ‘Set Up Fundamentals’ Series