A normal – or default – ball position in golf would be one that sees it located in the middle of the stance, in the center. In other words, the ball is located the same distance from the left foot as it is to the right. The following adjustments can be made to that position with the associated consequences listed.
The golf ball can and is usually positioned differently in relation to the club at hand. There are two main competing philosophies regarding this. One recommends to position the ball forward always while the other recommends to move the ball along a continuum in relation to the club at hand. Both are explained.
In golf, flaring one’s foot corresponds to angling it out slightly so that the line of the foot is not perpendicular to the target line. This is in contrast to seeing both feet parallel to each other and perpendicular to the target line. You can decide to position your feet likewise or flare either of your feet. The pros and cons of such tweaks are explained.
In addition to how they are positioned relative to the ball, your feet can also vary in how they are positioned relative to each other and specifically the distance between them. Indeed, they can be placed very near one another in a narrow stance or they can be placed far from each other in a wide stance. Choosing which stance applies to what circumstances is detailed.
A golfer needs to take into careful consideration how he positions his feet relative to the ball in relation to the shot at hand. Indeed, while the stance is critical to where the ball will travel and the type of flight path it will follow, the actual position of the clubface at impact is the most important factor as far as initial ball direction is concerned. There are three ways a clubface can be positioned in relation to the ball (square, closed, open) and the consequences of each is explained.
The way fingers are positioned on the actual grip of the club has an immense impact on the path the club will take around your body and ultimately the direction and flight of the golf ball. While its effects are often overlooked in favour of the swing proper, serious golfers should carefully position their hands on the grip of the club before each and every shot and treat that process as an integral part of the golf swing. Here are several of the grip tweaks available and their corresponding effects.
How a golfer grasps the club with his left hand can vary in many ways. Indeed, the position relative to the center refers to the grip strength and can vary between weak, neutral and strong. But additionally, how the golfer actually places his left thumb irrespective of how far to the left or right can also vary. Indeed, you can either adopt a long thumb grip or a short thumb grip. Both are explained, as well as their strengths and weaknesses.
In relation to where the left thumb is positioned on the grip of the club, where the grip will reside inside the left hand can also vary. Indeed, a golf grip can be further characterized by how close the grip of the club lines up with the base of the fingers and with the palm of your hand. Both types of grips are explained.
The standard golf swing calls for your weight to be equally distributed along your two feet at address. Indeed, regardless of where the ball is located in your stance (forward, back or middle) you should feel as though your feet are supporting your weight equally for most normal golf shots. There are instances where you would want to move away from that position and they are explained within.
In addition to how the weight of your body is distributed across your two feet, it can also vary in where specifically it is placed inside your feet. Indeed, your weight can be distributed level between the back and front of your feet, or it could be located more towards your toes. Finally, it can also be situated towards your heels. All three weight setups are explained.