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In golf, “ball position” refers to the placement of the golf ball in relation to your stance or feet when preparing to hit a shot. The position of the ball can have a significant impact on the trajectory and direction of the shot.

The ball position is typically described in terms of its location relative to the player's stance and the club being used. Here are some common ball positions for different types of shots:

  1. Driver: For tee shots with a driver, the ball is usually positioned off the inside of the front foot (left foot for right-handed players, right foot for left-handed players). This promotes a sweeping motion and helps maximize distance.
  2. Irons: The ball position for iron shots varies depending on the club being used and the desired shot. As a general guideline, the ball is often positioned in line with the center of the stance for shorter irons (e.g., pitching wedge), and it gradually moves forward toward the front foot for longer irons (e.g., 3-iron).
  3. Wedges: When hitting wedge shots, the ball is typically placed slightly forward of center, closer to the front foot. This helps create a steeper angle of attack, allowing for more control and spin on the ball.
  4. Fairway Woods and Hybrids: The ball position for fairway woods and hybrids is generally slightly forward of center, similar to the position for shorter irons. This encourages a sweeping strike on the ball and helps launch it with a higher trajectory.

It's important to note that these ball positions are general guidelines, and individual golfers may have slight variations based on their swing characteristics and personal preferences. Experimenting with different ball positions during practice can help golfers find the optimal position that works best for their game.

Ball Position: At address, the ball’s placement in relation to the feet and the target. Common descriptions include “center” or “middle” of the stance (aligned with a spot directly between the feet), “up” (closer to the left foot/target) and “back” (closer to the right foot).