How to Find the Correct Ball Position for Any Club

By John Webster

How to Find the Correct Ball Position for Any Club

Hello, my name is John Webster, Master Instructor for Jim McLean at the Doral Resort and Spa. As you know, great players do not keep one ball position; they move it around for various shots. Here is one simple way to make sure you know where the ball should be positioned for these different shots.

The Right Position for the Ball in Golf

Chipping and Pitching

For chipping and pitching, you step in with your right foot behind the ball, leave it there, and then bring your left foot in and forward just a bit. This keeps the ball back of center. As you walk in for a mid-iron, you step in with your right foot behind the ball, bring in your left foot in front of the ball, and then take equal steps back and forward with your left and right feet. Now the ball should be fairly well-centered.

Driving

As you walk in for a driver, step in with the right foot, bring in the left and take a big step to the right with your right foot, leaving your left in its original position. So just to review, for chipping or pitching the right foot comes in, stays there, and then you move in with the left. For mid-irons, right foot in, then equal steps back and forward with the left and right foot, and for driving, right foot in, left foot stays, and then a big step back with the right foot.

About the Instructor
John Webster
John Webster
The Breakers
One South County Road
Palm Beach, FL 33480
888-273-2537

A PGA member since 1995 and PGA Class-A Teaching Professional, John Webster has instructed all skill levels, from beginners to PGA Tour professionals with notable students such as Cal Ripken, Tom Kite, Candy Hannemann and Kyle Boller and continues to offer corporate clinics with such players as Hal Sutton and Gary Player. John spent eight years teaching at the Jim McLean Golf School at Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami and currently is Director of Golf Instruction at The Breakers Golf Academy in Palm Beach, Fla.


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