Addressing a Golf Ball to Improve Your Golf Swing

By Bill Herrfeldt

golfer standing over a tee shot with iron
The way you set up for a golf shot will affect virtually every part of your swing, so pay close attention to how you address the ball. Unless your posture, position and location of the ball are correct, you likely will hit a shot that will fall short of your expectations.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
  1. Assume the right position by first gripping your club and bending far enough at your waist for the club to reach the ground. Then bend your knees slightly and position the golf ball where your club head rests on the ground.
  2. Make sure that your weight is evenly distributed on both legs to balance to your swing. Your weight should be more on the balls of your feet rather than on your heels.
  3. Spread your feet as wide as your shoulders and make sure they are square to the target. If your feet are closer together, you will not have the required balance for your swing; if they are farther apart, you will lose power. To square up your feet, lay down a golf club and point it directly at the target. Then place the tips of both of your shoes so they touch the club.
  4. Position your ball based on the club you plan to use. If you are using your driver, the ball should be about a quarter of the way between your center line and the toe of your front foot. If you are using a wedge, the ball should be positioned evenly between both of your feet.
  5. Grip your club loosely enough so that you don't create tension in your arms. One of the biggest mistakes golfers make is to hold the club too tightly to improve their control. This creates tension that can restrict your swing, sacrificing distance and accuracy.

About the Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.