The Golf Swing

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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

The Set Up - Same Ball Position for Every Shot

Consistency is the key in golf. The biggest problem most amateur golfers face is the lack of consistency. If you can learn to repeat the same swing over and over, you'll make the game a lot easier.

That's one of the reasons why I teach that the mid to high handicap golfer should use one ball position for all shots. To make the setup comfortable and the stance stable, I move my right foot closer to my left as the loft of the club increases. Most of you have probably been taught that you should move the ball progressively back in your stance as your club shortens. The problem with this method is that you're changing the loft on the clubs. For example, if you play the 5-iron a bit farther back in your stance than the 4-iron, all you've done is to deloft that 5-iron so that it's now effectively a short 4-iron. In addition, you've also just changed your contact point with the ball (the point in your swing where the club makes contact with the ball). I don't know about you but I have enough trouble maintaining one impact point - I don't want to have to deal with a dozen of them.

Unless I'm trying to play a special shot of some sort, I position the ball in the center of my stance. Your own position may be a bit farther forward or back. Regardless of where you feel the most comfortable doesn't matter. The point is to determine exactly where the point is and then stick with it for every club in your bag.

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