Jeff: Hi this is Jeff Mitchell with The Golf Standard.
Today we're talking about ball position.
When I start trying to figure out where I want to place the golf ball in my stance, I really want to look at three things.
Number one, I want to identify the bottom of my swing, and that's that point where as you take the club back it's coming up and around, as it comes down it is travelling down in a descending manner and then it bottoms out, then starts travelling back up and around the body.
That bottom of the swing is generally right around the left armpit and I've got an alignment rod right here that represents that.
The second thing is about making really good, solid ball contact.
Now it is easier to make good, solid ball contact by having the golf ball more back in your stance, having a descending blow and catching that golf ball before you get to the bottom of the swing.
For that I've got a pitching wedge out and I've got an alignment rod right here, and that basically represents the right side of my face.
As I start going to clubs that have less loft, I still want to make good, solid ball contact but I also need to control that third part, and that's the trajectory.
Almost every shot if well hit is going to achieve about the same apex.
I know it sounds straight but a five iron will end up going the same height as a pitching wedge if it's properly hit.
By doing that you can kind of control the descending angle, control the golf ball not only in the air but on the ground too.
I've got a seven iron here and it has quite a bit less loft than a pitching wedge, so I've moved that up, this alignment rod represents my nose.
About a eight, seven, and six iron, I'm going to place pretty much right about even with my nose.
I'm going to still be able to make good ball contact, the club's going to be descending but not as quite as sharp an angle as it was with the pitching wedge and I'm going to be able to get that trajectory that I'm looking for.
As I go up to something like a four iron, I'm going to start getting that a lot closer to that bottom of the swing.
It might make it a little bit more difficult to hit really solid, but I'm going to be able to control the trajectory, get the golf ball up in the air, and as I said, control the ball not only in the air but on the ground.
One other thing of note is that a driver being at the bottom of that swing is the one club that you tend to put on tee.
That gives you an opportunity where you could even kind of hedge that a little bit and move it slightly forward in your stance and actually hit very slightly up at it to get a little bit more height to the shot, maybe even a little bit more roll.
A three-wood would be basically the same as a driver.
I want to sweep the club off the ground, I want that club going very, very level because a three-wood also does not have a great deal of loft.
The key elements here are you've got to figure out where the bottom of your swing is, you want to make sure you can hit it solid, and you want to control that trajectory.
By having the right side of the face, nose, left side of the face, and then understanding where that bottom of the swing is, I think you can accomplish all of those.