Golf Ball Positioning

Golf Ball Positioning

Many golfers try so many different things to improve their game of golf but rarely do they concentrate on the golf ball positioning in their stance, with golf clubs being different lengths you have to compensate for the centre of the swing so we are going to look at different drills that will help you find the centre of your golf swing.

As I mentioned all golf clubs are different lengths from the driver through to your pitching wedge so trying to hit the golf ball from the same spot for every club is not going to work, you need to work out where the centre of your golf swing is in relation to what golf club you are hitting.

When I help and coach golfers to get this into their practice sessions I automatically start with a 5 iron because it is basically the mid-length golf club in their golf bag so it’s always a good place to start, right in the middle of their stance, then once they get the feel of setting up for a 5 iron we will then concentrate on longer and shorter golf clubs.

Golf Ball Positioning - Golf Ball in centre of stanceSo the easiest way to get an idea of where the ball should be positioned in relation to your stance with a 5 iron simply pick a target on the range and square your clubface square to the target, this is all before you start setting up your stance.

If you are not too sure how to square your club face up then simply pick an object on the target line which is relatively close to you, this could be a leaf or a stone and square your club face to the object instead of trying to guess your target line by looking 150 yards into the distance, once you have your club face square to the target you can then position your closed feet as in image.

Once you are in this position you can move your left and right leg equal distances either way so the ball sits in the centre of your stance knowing that the club face is square to the target, now that you have found out where your golf ball should be in relation to using a 5 iron you should be now getting the picture of where the golf ball should be.

You will hear a lot of golfers say that you can hit the ball with all of your golf clubs from the same spot, this is, in fact, correct and the great Jack Nicklaus does exactly that, but you need to understand that Jack Nicklaus has a tremendous of amount of talent and he has the gift to be able to return whatever golf club he is using back to the ball in the same position time and time again, but unfortunately amateur golfers haven’t got the talent of Mr Nicklaus so you have to keep it simple and easy to replicate. Golf Ball Positioning - centre of stance

So once you have got the centre of your stance sorted out with a 5 iron the rest is pretty much trial and error on where your ball positioning should be for the rest of the golf clubs in your golf bag, but the easiest way to get in the correct position for the rest of your clubs is to keep it simple and put the 6 iron say half an inch to an inch towards your back foot, then your 7 iron should be another half an inch to an inch towards your back foot and so forth until you get to your pitching wedge, so the lower the number on the golf club it should be nearer your back foot and the higher number golf club further forward off your front foot until you get to your driver which should be just off of your left heel on the front foot.

As always if you have any comments or feedback regarding this article golf ball positioning please do not hesitate to leave a comment below, I will be glad to respond to any responses received. To read more of my article CLICK HERE for additional golf tips.

Happy golfing as always,

Michael Baker Bogeys to Birdies

8 Responses

  1. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi Courtney,

    Thank you for your comment about golf ball positioning, even though you haven’t played golf for a while its a bit like riding a bike you can always jump straight back into it. In answer to your question, the first thing a newbie golf should do is get the ‘correct golf grip’ and here is an article I previously added that might be of help to you in getting the correct golf grip : http://bogeystobirdies.co.uk/the-correct-golf-grip

    If you have any further questions please let me know?

    Regards as always,

    Michael Baker Bogeys to Birdies

  2. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi Arif,

    Thanks for your comments about golf ball positioning and your question about ‘the centre of a golf swing’, in answer to that question, you have to imagine that your swing is a ‘circle’ whether you swing upright or flat you are creating a circle, very similar to say a baseball bat swing, it’s a circle and there is a centre to the circle and swing, it’s just figuring out where ‘your’ centre of the swing is. I hope that brief explanation explains it for you?

    If you have any further questions please let me know?

    Cheers,

    Michael Baker, Bogeys to Birdies

  3. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi Jordan,

    Thanks for your comment about golf ball positioning and I am so glad that you find my site easy to navigate around and informative, once you have some more time and you look around my site if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in contact with me and I will be glad to respond.

    Cheers, Michael Baker

    Bogeys to Birdies

  4. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for your comment about golf ball positioning and I am so glad that you find my site easy to navigate around and informative, if you have any questions in the future about golf for beginners or golf in general please do not hesitate to drop me a note.

    Cheers, Michael Baker

    Bogeys to Birdies

  5. Tim says:

    Micheal,

    Very awesome job on describing the golf position idea! I think your page is very informative and welcoming. Offering the additional tips and tricks at the end of your page is also very welcoming to people, who will want to come back and see what else you have to offer them!

    Thanks for the info and great site! 🙂

  6. Jordan says:

    I really liked the tags section on here, I could easily find my way around the website and find exactly what I was looking for. I will be looking into every blog post you have put up as every single one I quickly looked over looked to have so much detail, so when I have a little bit more time I will definitely be going back to these to make sure I get every bit of useful information you have put on there!

  7. Arif says:

    hi michael. i thought golf was easy until i got on a course. your post is quite detailed. i have always borrowed clubs from mates. i think i need to buy one in order to practice what you are explaining. but it sounds really good. one thing i cant get my head round is the ‘centre of the golf swing’. i am sure a lot of people understand what you are saying, but as a novice i can’t still figure out what is the centre of a swing. i am sure your explanation makes sense to a lot of golf people but is there another way to explain or tell a complete novice what the centre is? how you figure it out? sorry. its probably a frustrating question as your post is quite detailed.

  8. Courtney says:

    Even though I haven’t touched club or ball in over 30 years, I felt I was getting my first lesson and the instructions were clear and easy to understand; and images very helpful. What is the first thing a newbie to golf should learn? I miss watching Golf now Tiger has lost his swing.No one golfer seem to posess that magic.
    great instructions. thanks for sharing.

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