How Far Should You Stand from the Golf Ball?

By Ty Andersen

Golf Stance - How Far from the Ball?

I get this question all the time from people. Am I standing too close or too far from the ball? Let the club set you up.

What I have people do is I have them do this.

  • I have them put the club down with the heel, toe and sole flat on the ground.
  • I have them put their feet together.
  • I have them spread their feet out under their shoulders. Now watch what happens.

If the toe of the club goes up in the air you can see how far bent over I am and the more I get bent over the club is up here. Even if I have the toe up in the air a little bit if I let go of my hands you can see that they drop closer to my body because they were extended out with the toe up in the air. If I relax any time during my golf swing this is where the club is going to want to return to. If I am standing too close to the ball the heel of the club is going to come off the ground and I can not even swing the golf club.

Let the Club Help You Determine Distance

So once again, let this golf club help you out. If you understand that the heel, toe and sole of the golf club where made to sit flat on the ground. Once you get it flat on the ground, get in to your golf posture. Let your hands and arms hang down from your shoulders, put your feet under your shoulders and let your hands return to the position hanging down from your shoulders. Let the club tell you whether you are standing too far or too close to the ball.


Category: Ball Position
Sub Categories: Address/Set-Up

About the Instructor

Ty Andersen
Ty Andersen
Director, The Ty Andersen Golf Academy
Highland Oaks Golf Course
904 Royal Parkway
Dothan, Alabama 36305
Phone: 239-272-7086
E-mail: TyPgaPro@aol.com

Ty Andersen serves as Director of Instruction at The Ty Andersen Golf Academy, and has been named one of the Top 50 Kids Teachers by the US Kids Golf Company. He has developed seven different teaching programs that are registered with the PGA.