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The 3 ball positions you should know

One of biggest debates in golf often arises when discussing ball position. 

Specifically, whether or not to move the ball around in your stance.

I teach three ball positions and most players on tour (when hitting stock golf shots) use three ball positions. 

In my opinion, the way to play better golf is to move the ball less and create a more consistent swing. 

For irons, you should position your left or front foot so that the ball is one inch inside your left heel. Then you should adjust your stance (widening or narrowing)depending on which club you are using for that particular shot.

Your pitching wedge is shorter than your 3-iron so, your stance for a 3-iron should be wider than your stance for a pitching wedge. 

The 3-iron will require the widest stance that you use with your irons.

Then, for every three clubs, you move your right foot in an inch.  

When you get to your shorter irons, your 9-iron, your pitching wedge and your sand wedge than your stances should open up. 

But don't move the ball position: move your body position.

For hybrids and fairway woods, which are a little longer, move your left foot so that the ball is lined up with your left heel. 

For your driver, move your left foot so the ball is lined up with your left instep. That gives you a little bigger arc and a little bit more time to get to the ball.

This gives you a constant visual, which provides the positive reinforcement you need to build a consistent golf swing. 

Remember: As you adjust the width of your stance, move your back foot ONLY.

As you move your back foot, notice how the center point or heart of your swing moves in relation to the ball, creating the desired weight distribution. 

  • When you move the back foot in with the short irons, you are moving the center point or heart of your swing in front of the ball, allowing you to hit a more descending blow. 
  • When you move your back foot out (widening the stance), you are moving the center point of your swing behind the ball, giving you more time to transfer your weight with longer irons and woods. 
  • When you move the ball around in the stance too much you have to adjust your swing and eyes too often. 

However, when you use the three ball position approach, you create constant visuals. 

Constant visuals create consistent results!