Address: Taking a stance and placing the clubhead behind the ball in preparation for playing a shot.

In golf, the term address refers to the stance and position a golfer takes before hitting the ball. It is also commonly known as the “setup” position. The address is a crucial aspect of the golf swing, as it determines the alignment, balance, and posture of the golfer.

Here are the key elements of the address position in golf:

  1. Stance: The golfer's feet should be shoulder-width apart or slightly wider. The weight is typically distributed evenly between both feet, although some golfers may prefer a slightly more weight on the front foot for certain shots.
  2. Alignment: The golfer should aim the clubface toward the target. The feet, hips, and shoulders should be parallel to the target line. Proper alignment helps ensure that the ball is struck in the intended direction.
  3. Posture: The golfer should maintain a relaxed and balanced posture. Bend slightly from the hips, keeping the back straight. The knees should be slightly flexed, promoting stability and mobility during the swing.
  4. Grip: The golfer's hands should grip the club with a neutral grip. The left hand (for a right-handed golfer) should be placed on the club first, followed by the right hand. There are various grip styles, such as the overlapping, interlocking, or baseball grip.
  5. Ball Position: The ball should be positioned differently depending on the type of club being used. For longer clubs like the driver, the ball is generally placed more forward in the stance, toward the left foot (for right-handed golfers). For shorter clubs, the ball is positioned more toward the center of the stance.
  6. Visual Focus: The golfer should maintain their focus on the ball throughout the swing. This helps with accuracy and solid contact.

It is important for golfers to establish a consistent and comfortable address position that suits their swing and playing style. Practice and adjustments may be necessary to find the optimal setup for each individual.