What is the Correct Ball Position for Irons VS. Wood Clubs?

By Phillip Trouno

What is the Correct Ball Position for Irons VS. Wood Clubs?

Hi, my name is Phillip Trouno from the Jim McLean Golf School at the Doral Resort in Miami, Florida. Today I am going to talk a little bit about ball position and the difference between hitting irons and woods. It is very important that your ball position change for irons and woods because how you want to contact the ball is different.

Correct Ball Position for Irons

First, with an iron it is important that you catch the swing on a downward arc or descending blow. This is crucial so you hit the ball first. If you watch a good player, a tour player, a low-handicap player, play golf you will notice that they take a small, shallow divot and that divot starts in front of the golf ball.

To do that it is important that you not get the ball too far forward where it would be very difficult to hit the ball first. We recommend that high-handicappers play the ball close to the middle of their stance with their irons. For better players, they can move the ball up slightly because they may have a little more shift forward into their left leg. So this is very important, irons, ball close to the middle of your stance and you have to hit it on a descending blow.

Correct Ball Position for drivers

When you are using your driver this is going to change. The ball is now up on a tee, in the air and also the club does not have as much loft. What I am going to do is place the ball more forward in my stance so that I have a chance to hit up on the ball, creating an ascending blow and that will get the ball up in the air. To do this the ball has to be more forward.

Good players play the ball up towards their left heel and also they may widen their stance to make sure that club is moving nice and low as it approaches into the golf ball. So just to review. For an iron, place the ball more in the middle of your stance, have a descending blow, where you hit the ball first then the ground. For a wood, place the ball more forward, that way you can catch it on the upswing. Thanks a lot, and I hope this tip helps your golf game.

About the Instructor

Phillip Trouno teaches at the Jim McLean Golf School at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami.


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