- Stance: The outsides of both feet should be as wide as the shoulders. The feet are flared out slightly to allow your hips to turn freely back and through.
- Ball position: The ball should be positioned directly opposite your left heel (for right-handers).
- Balance: Weight should favor the right foot (about 60 percent) and be evenly distributed between the balls and heels of the feet. The knees should be somewhat flexed, similar to an infielder’s stance in baseball.
- Distance from the ball/posture: With the above basics in place and the clubhead behind the ball, your arms should hang naturally from the shoulders as you bend from the hips (not the waist). Your backside should protrude a little, with the spine straight but not rigid. The hips should be level and lined up over the knees. The left shoulder sits a fraction higher than the right to help catch the ball on the upswing.
The setup or address position determines the distance, direction and trajectory of your iron shots, and greatly influences the swing. These are the elements of a solid setup for the driver:
Also, you should tee the ball so that its equator is even with the top of the club face. In other words, half the ball should be above the top of the club.