- Stance: For the longest irons, the outsides of both feet should be slightly wider than the shoulders. The stance should narrow slightly as clubs become shorter, but never less than shoulder width for a full shot.
- Ball position: The ball should be positioned about halfway between the middle of your stance and the left heel for long and mid-irons, moving progressively toward the center for shorter irons. The ball should be just left of center for a 9-iron.
- Balance: Weight should be evenly distributed from right to left, and 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 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 full shots with the irons: