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Golf Setup Position: Step-by-Step Guide to a Great Golf Stance

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Ball Position
Ball Position in the Golf Stance

The position of the golf ball in one's stance varies depending on the club used.

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The ball placement in your setup position varies with the club you select. From a flat lie:

  • Play your short irons (wedges, 9-iron and 8-iron) in the center portion of your stance. These clubs have the most upright lie angles and they must be swung at the steepest angle, and you should take a divot in front of the ball.

  • Your middle irons should be played one ball toward the target-side foot from center (a ball left of center for the right-handed golfer). These clubs have a slightly flatter lie angle and you should take a slightly shallower divot than with the short irons.

  • The correct ball position for the long irons and fairway woods is two balls toward the target-side foot from center (two balls left for the right-hander). With these clubs, the ball should be struck directly at the bottom of the swing arc with very little divot.

  • The driver is played farthest forward (three balls left of center for the right-hander) to strike the ball on the upswing.

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