The ‘Correct’ Golf Ball Position

Every golfer should be familiar with the fundamentals of the game. Some golf fundamentals are: alignment, stance, hand position, posture, and your grip.

Your golf ball’s position is determined by the golf club you are using. The reason your golf club influences your golf ball’s position, is because you want to slightly change the impact position and/or the launching conditions, so your ball gets the best flight for the club in hand.

First, take your correct width of stand and place your golf club in the middle – the club should have a 90-degree angle to the ball-to-target line.

This center position is the ideal ball position for ‘wedge’ golf clubs – sand wedge, gap wedge, lob wedge, pitch wedge, etc. This position is also perfect for creating backspin on the ball, because it forces you to hit down.

As your golf clubs get longer, the golf ball should move roughly a half-inch towards your front foot. So a 7-Iron would be played a half-inch closer to your front foot off the centerline, a 3-Iron would be played a half-inch closer to your front foot than the 7-Iron.

For a driver, the golf ball should be placed just inside of your front foot – this position will allow you to ‘sweep’ the ball, rather than hitting it downward.