Why Ball Positions Make A Difference To The Golf Swing (Video)
Why Ball Positions Make A Difference To The Golf Swing (Video)

When you are looking through the fundamentals of the golf technique, ball position is an exceptionally important part. Ball position is something that so many players will simply overlook. Something that is just that where you stick the ball somewhere in between your feet and that hopefully you hit it successfully. Unfortunately, ball position has a much greater impact on golf shots than many people understand, for example the further back or the further forward in the stance the ball position goes will greatly affect the amount of loft which is available at the point of impact.

If I put this 7 iron here in the middle of my stance and I complete a successful swing, my hands will be returning slightly ahead of the ball presenting enough loft to hit a successful shot with a good flight. If that ball position moves further back however, my angle of attack will be increasing with a greater amount of shuffling just before impact. Now you will notice here how far my hands have lent ahead and you will notice how much dynamic loft has been reduced. This will create a much lower ball flight. If the opposite is true and that ball position there is moved right to the front of my stance, I am going to be hitting up on the ball as I come through impact, presenting a greater amount of dynamic loft. So this will affect how high and how low that the ball will go, but it’s a little bit more deep than that. As ball position changes it alters how path interacts with the ball as well. If I get myself setup and I put this ball position again in the middle of my stance and I have what you’d call a nice neutral path straight back and straight through, as the ball position moves further back in the stance to make a consistent contact, I’d have to swing a lot more from in to out and it’s exactly the same, as it moves back in the middle of a stance I can swing a lot straighter. However, if it moves forward in my stance I have to swing a lot more out to in to make a consistent contact. It’s amazing how many people are struggling with hooks or with pushes or with fades and changing ball position makes such a massive difference. So what we are going to do is look through different ball position with different clubs, how you can change it and some of the effects that you should see within your game.
2016-10-12

When you are looking through the fundamentals of the golf technique, ball position is an exceptionally important part. Ball position is something that so many players will simply overlook. Something that is just that where you stick the ball somewhere in between your feet and that hopefully you hit it successfully. Unfortunately, ball position has a much greater impact on golf shots than many people understand, for example the further back or the further forward in the stance the ball position goes will greatly affect the amount of loft which is available at the point of impact.

If I put this 7 iron here in the middle of my stance and I complete a successful swing, my hands will be returning slightly ahead of the ball presenting enough loft to hit a successful shot with a good flight. If that ball position moves further back however, my angle of attack will be increasing with a greater amount of shuffling just before impact. Now you will notice here how far my hands have lent ahead and you will notice how much dynamic loft has been reduced. This will create a much lower ball flight. If the opposite is true and that ball position there is moved right to the front of my stance, I am going to be hitting up on the ball as I come through impact, presenting a greater amount of dynamic loft. So this will affect how high and how low that the ball will go, but it’s a little bit more deep than that. As ball position changes it alters how path interacts with the ball as well. If I get myself setup and I put this ball position again in the middle of my stance and I have what you’d call a nice neutral path straight back and straight through, as the ball position moves further back in the stance to make a consistent contact, I’d have to swing a lot more from in to out and it’s exactly the same, as it moves back in the middle of a stance I can swing a lot straighter. However, if it moves forward in my stance I have to swing a lot more out to in to make a consistent contact. It’s amazing how many people are struggling with hooks or with pushes or with fades and changing ball position makes such a massive difference. So what we are going to do is look through different ball position with different clubs, how you can change it and some of the effects that you should see within your game.