How to Find the Correct Golf Ball Position in Set Up

By Hank Haney

One of the most commonly asked questions is where do I position the ball in my stance. Should it be off the left heel or should it move back towards the right heel as you go through the progression of clubs? Well the answer is somewhere in between, the ball should move back for shorter clubs but just a little bit through your stance.

How to Set Up Your Golf Ball

You will notice here that I have a driver, 5-iron and sand wedge and the ball position has moved from one club to the next but only a few inches. All I want to do is set the golf club down on the ground just like the manufacturer made it.

With the driver the face progresses in front of the shaft, so when I set that golf club down on the ground my hands are going to be even to slightly behind the golf ball. With a 5-iron the shaft comes into the head at a different angle so now my hands are going to be just a little more forward, and with a sand wedge even more so that way but it only moves a little bit throughout the whole set.

Arm Position in Set Up

Your constant set up position is with your arms. Your arms should be set down right in front of your body. The triangle that is formed by your hands, arms and shoulders should sit down right in front of your body. The one thing that you might want to check if you have a tendency to push the ball to the right you might have the ball too far back in your stance.

That causes you to contact the ball to early and push it to the right. If you pull the ball to the left you may have the ball too far forward in your stance. This causes you to pass the point where you should be straight and if you do not have the ball there you contact it too late and pull the ball to the left.

So check your ball position if you are pushing or pulling, but start off by getting your arms set in front of your body and set the golf club down on the ground just like the manufacturer made it.


Category: Ball Position
Sub Categories: Address/Set-Up, Arms, Hands

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Hank Haney
Hank Haney
Hank Haney Golf Ranch
2791 S. Stemmons Freeway
Lewisville, TX 75067
Tel: 972-315-5300