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    Ball Position with the Driver Part 2



    Ball Position with the Driver Part 2

    Before launching the ball into the air with your driver - the favorite club of most golfers - you will need to get your ball position exactly right. Why is ball position so important with the driver? Since you are making your fastest swing, you can't afford to have any of the details of your setup be off even by a fraction. Small mistakes are magnified when you are hitting drives, so it is essential that you take the time to get everything perfectly in place before beginning your takeaway.

    For most golfers, the best ball position for the driver is going to have the ball lined up off the inside of the left foot. That means when you take your stance, you should be able to draw a ling that is perpendicular to the target line and runs from your left heel through the golf ball. This is the most-forward ball position that you will use for any club in your bag. Once you establish a good ball position for your driver, you can begin to gradually move the ball farther and farther back in your stance as the clubs get shorter. This is another reason why driver ball position is so important - it sets the stage for the ball position you are going to use with every other club.

    So, the best way to get started working on your ball position with the driver is simply to head to the driving range to hit some shots. Take your driver from the bag and hit five drives with the ball lined up off of your left heel. With each shot, carefully watch the ball flight and feel the way the ball is coming off the club. After five shots, make any adjustments that you feel are necessary and hit a few more balls. It shouldn't take long for you to fine tune the ball position you are using until you settle on an ideal location that you can rely on to help you produce beautiful drives.

    To help you get through this process as quickly as possible, please view the tips below for determining if the ball is too far forward or too far back in your stance.

  • Ball too far forward. When the ball is too far forward while hitting the driver, you will have trouble 'reaching' the ball at impact - meaning you will hit the ball low on the face most of the time. If you feel that impact is taking place low on the face, try moving the ball back in your stance an inch or two. Also, putting the ball too far forward will cause the club to move from outside to inside at impact, meaning you may be creating more left to right curve than you would like to see.
  • Ball too far back. With the ball too far back in your stance, your swing plane will be too steep as you approach impact with the driver. That means you will be prone to hitting the ball high on the face, and your ball flight will likely be too high as your backspin rate will be out of control. If you are seeing your drives 'balloon' up into the air, only to fall down short of your usual driver distance, consider moving your ball position up slightly.
  • You probably aren't going to get a great thrill from working on your driver ball position, but this is a fundamental that is crucial to your success on the course. By dedicating yourself to spending some time on this point during each practice session, you will be investing in your future as a golfer. Once you have nailed down the precise ball position that you are going to use with the driver, feel free to move on and work on finding the right ball position for the rest of your clubs.

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