How important is ball position – Extremely important!
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A few months ago, I read that just before the 2015 Masters, Bubba Watson was having trouble with his ball-striking. He moved the ball 1″ forward or back (cannot remember) and then went on the following week to win his second Masters title. So, even with the world’s best, a small change in position can make a huge difference to their game. Because the golf swing is stationary at address, you have all the time in the world to be correct. Dennis Clark of Golfwrx breaks it down to the simplest form!
In my experience, the most underrated part of setting up to the golf ball is without a doubt position. If a golfer moves the golf ball so much as ONE BALL (that’s 1.68 inches) up or back in the stance, the flight of the ball can change drastically.
A Neutral Ball Position
A Forward Ball Position
A Rearward Ball Position
Golfers tend to position the golf ball in their stance where they most often find it, that is, bottom out with their swing. So as soon as I see a player hitting balls, I know what his/her swing path is simply by where they place the ball in their stance.
Those who swing in-to-out generally have rearward ball positions, and they’re usually golfers who hook the ball. Those who swing out-to-in often have more forward ball positions, and they’re usually players who slice the ball. It’s no coincidence, because ball position can determine the hook or slice spin that occurs during the shot, as well as dynamic loft.
The easiest way to picture this is by understanding that the golf club swings in an ARC. Golf is a side-on game, and in any side-on game one cannot hit a ball that is across from them with a straight-line swing. If we played golf with the ball between our feet, then and only then could we have a straight-line swing; but because the golf club swings on an arc,where we position the ball in the stance matters. A lot. It determines whether we are going to meet the ball early in the arc, in the middle of the arc, or forward in the arc.
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