• Jason Barrett, PGA

Ball Position

Knowing where in your stance to play the ball for a particular shot can be confusing. Here is a simple consistent way to approach every shot...

Start out by thinking small swing equals narrower stance, a wider stance provides support for a longer swing. Now approach the ball like this: (right handed player)

(1) Align your club face to the target (this is most important).

(2) Keep the clubs shaft neutral or "in-line" with the ball

(3) Begin taking your stance by positioning your left heal 1 1/2 to 2 inches ahead of the ball

(4) Use your right leg as a regulator for the width of your stance according to the length of your swing.

(5) Align your body parts (shoulders, forearms, knees and feet) parallel to your target line for a straight shot.

Note: As you widen your stance you will notice your body will move further behind the ball. With a wedge feel like your nose is over the ball. With a full iron swing your left ear will be over the ball and with a fairway wood or driver the ball should be positioned near your left arm pit. As you do this feel like your weight is evenly distributed between your legs.

For more simple golf tips or to schedule a golf lesson with Jason Barrett, PGA at the Las Colinas Golf Club / Queen Creek, Arizona. Call: 480-401-2449 or visit:

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