Two Theories of Ball Position
We are going to use the string in the opposite direction not to talk about ball position. There are two prevailing theories in terms of ball position.
- One is that regardless of the club you are going to play it in the same position.
- The other, and the one that is most prevalent out on the PGA Tour, is to move the ball slightly with the wedges being in the center then moving up opposite the left instep for your tee shot.
Keep that in mind. It is one of those things that you should experiment with and see which is best for you. The thing that I always like to keep in mind is that we are looking for a low point that is in front of the ball, two to four inches in front, so that when you are coming in and taking that downward blow you are going to come on in to that side of your ball position.
Why the Wrong Ball Position Leads to Poor Impact
It would have been the ball here first and then coming down and getting your downward stroke. While we are talking about ball position I just want to make you aware that if you are the kind of person that tends to come in behind the ball and hitting it on the heavy side, that is probably the ugliest and worst feeling shot in golf.
What you will do subconsciously is say gosh that felt terrible and little by little you keep creeping the ball back in your stance and further back in your stance until now, I have a 7-iron right here, I am playing that ball back of center and you can see really that the center of my body is in front of the ball, to begin with.
I am going to take this club away and you can see that back ball positions tend to lead to clubs that are yanked inside. I am going to have a tendency to swing from here and release my hands early to get them to the ball. It is one of the worst things that you can do.
Remember, moving it too far forward, too far back, getting it too far out of the realm of the norm position is always going to get you in trouble and you are going to have to learn compensation in order to get the club on the ball.
All of these things are bad. Try to be basic. Centered position for the wedge, moving up slowly to opposite the left instep for your driver. Or be like Jack Nicklaus where you are playing the ball in the same position, pretty much opposite your left shoulder for every single club. Good luck.