Junior Golf Tips: How Ball Position Changes with Each Club

Junior Golf Tips: How Ball Position Changes with Each Club

Teaching About Golf Ball Position

Kids, here is a tip about ball position. As we have talked about before with the set up I always have you do the same thing. When I say the same thing I mean have you put the club down heal, toe and sole flat on the ground behind the ball. I have you put your feet together and then spread your feet out under your shoulders. But where do I put the ball? It depends on what club I am using.

Ball Position Varies By Club

  • In this case here I have a pitching wedge in my hand. This club is built just like that so that the grip and shaft lean forward. When I set up to this ball watch what I do here. Club heel, toe and sole flat on the ground, feet together. I know I want this ball in the middle of my stance so I spread my feet out equally in each direction and the ball is in the middle of my stance. That is with a pitching wedge.
  • If I am going to hit a driver I do not want the ball in the middle of my stance because I don't want to be hitting down on it. I want to be hitting up on it. So what I am going to do is I am going to take the driver and do the same thing, take the heel, toe and sole, place it right down behind the ball, put my feet together. Now I know I want the ball inside my left heel so what do I do? I put it on my left heel. Put the ball on the left heel and step back with your back leg, that is going to be the position for my driver.
  • Same thing if I am on the putting green and I have a putter in my hand. If I have a putter I am going to put in on the ground, heel, toe and sole flat on the ground, put my feet together. I know I want the ball up near my front heel because I want to be hitting up on this ball and I just place it there.

Keep the Same Golf Setup, No Matter Which Club You Use

The point being you let the club set you up depending on the loft of the club but your set up is always going to be the same no matter what club you have in your hand. Heel, toe and sole flat on the ground. Feet together. Spread them out and then basically put that ball exactly where you want it. Whether you want it in the middle, up front or in the case of chipping, you want it off your back foot. If you follow these rules that is going to be pretty close as your swing develops.

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(at)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.


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