The standard golf club set features 14 clubs: one putter, and a mixture of 13 woods, irons and hybrids. And each one requires a slightly different stance at setup.
Sounds complicated, doesn’t it? It’s not. Just follow the following rules to set up correctly every time. And remember, none of these are absolutes, just general guidelines. It’s fine to adjust your stance to find the most comfortable, effective arrangement.
- Driver stance – feet shoulder width apart, ball opposite left heel: By shoulder width, we mean a stance with the insides of your feet directly below the outsides of your shoulders. Position the ball so that it’s straight across from your left (lead) heel, with the toe flared a little toward the target. This stance will give you ample stability and promote a clubhead path that catches the ball on the upswing for greater height and distance.
- Woods and irons – narrow the feet, move ball toward the center: Each time you drop down in club length (from a 5-iron to a 6-iron, for instance), your feet should be slightly closer together and the ball closer to the center of your stance. About 1/2” or so of movement for the feet and the ball is a good rule to follow.
- Wedges – feet directly below shoulders, ball in center: By the time you reach the pitching, gap, sand and lob wedges (your shortest clubs, besides the putter), the outsides of your feet should be beneath or just inside the outsides of your shoulders. The ball is now in the middle of your stance. This will create a downward strike on the ball, which creates backspin and aids accuracy.
To sum up, the shorter the club, the narrower your stance, and the closer the ball is to the center. Who says this game is hard?