Where to Place your Golf Ball for Different Clubs

By Brent Franklin

Find the Right Ball Position for Better Golf Shots

Hi, I am Brent Franklin with McGetrick Golf Academy in Denver. What I want to talk to you about today is ball position. The most simple thing we can start with on ball position is with a sand wedge or a pitching wedge. Let's start with a sand wedge. I believe a sand wedge should be placed more in the middle of your stance, weight evenly distributed, ball position right in the middle. As we get to longer clubs the ball position actually moves a little farther away from us and up on an angle.

  • If this is a sand wedge position here, about in the middle of our stance.
  • If I move to a pitching wedge it might only move half an inch but it is going to move continually away from us on an angle.
  • If we were going to look at this on a whole grand scheme of things here, ball position moves away from you and slightly forward the longer the club we go. Here is a sand wedge, middle of our stance, up there is going to be more like a 5-iron, our stance stays in the same place, more like a 5-iron, just slightly forward.
  • A fairway wood is going to be slightly farther away and even more forward than that, all the way up to a driver where you want the ball the farthest away from you that you stand with any club and it is also going to be the farthest forward.

Ball Position Moves Away From Your on an Angle

That ball position is going to be slightly inside this left instep, or on the left instep, and obviously its farthest point away from you. Once again, your stance width is not going to change that much but your ball position moves away from you on an angle. I hope that helps with your ball position.

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