Where to Play the Ball

By Steve Silverman

The more golf you play, the more you will learn about the subtleties of the game. If your are hitting the ball off the tee with your driver, you will want to play the ball two or three ball lengths closer to your front foot instead of in the middle of the stance. On the other hand, if you are in high grass and you want to pound the ball free, you may want to play it a ball length closer to your back foot to hit it a bit firmer.

Fairway Woods

Play the fairway woods about one ball length closer to your front foot than the middle of your stance. You can get the ball up in the air with a fairway wood, but you can do it a tad easier when you are going to catch the ball at the start of your upswing. You have to make a point of not swinging too fast, or poor execution is likely to result.

Chipping

You can chip the ball with your 7-, 8- or 9-iron or pitching wedge. Play this ball two ball lengths back in your stance so that it is closer to your back foot. You want the ball to spin after it hits the ground and so it will carry closer to the hole. Playing it further back in your stance will create the necessary top spin for this to happen.

Putting

Play the ball just inside your front foot. As you study your putt and get ready to strike the ball, you should have most of your weight on your front foot. This will make it easier to swing your putter as if it were a pendulum. This is just the action you want from the putter when you are striking a long putt.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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