Position your Feet to Build a Successful Golf Swing

By Mike McGetrick

How to Find the Right Golf Stance

To have good balance in your golf swing it is important to have the proper stance at the address position. And when you look at your feet you want to have the proper width, the proper alignment and the proper flaring of your feet at address. So there are three areas of the stance that are important in building a successful golf swing.

  • When I set up to the golf ball, if you can remember your stance should be no narrower than your hips and no wider than your shoulders. As the club gets longer your feet get wider. When I set up for short irons I am going to have my feet about hip width apart. As the club gets longer my stance will slightly get wider because I have a longer, faster golf swing and that faster golf swing has to have a wider base to support the motion of the swing so I can finish in balance.
  • When I set up to the golf and take my stance it is important that my feet are correct. For most golfers I like to see this right foot perpendicular to the target line, the left foot turned out about a quarter of a turn. With that turned out it will allow you to turn through and rotate properly on the forward swing.
  • Then also the alignment of your feet. So when you set up to the golf ball you want your feet to be parallel left of your target. That way your feet, your knees, your shoulders, your forearms and your eyes are all parallel to the target.

Remember when you are practicing and playing golf that you have the width of your stance to look at, the alignment of your feet to look at and how much you flare your feet out at the address position in order to hit a successful golf shot.


Category: Address/Set-Up
Sub Categories: Alignment, Posture

About the Instructor

Mike McGetrick
Mike McGetrick
McGetrick Golf Academy
4900 Himalaya Road, Building Q
Denver, CO 80249
Tel: 303-799-0870