LEONE: Consistent ball position leads to consistent shots

 

The average player tends to move the ball around in their stance
too much, which creates inconsistency in your address position.
Example: If the ball position is too far forward, your shoulders
will tend to be open relative to the target line. Conversely, if
the ball is too far back, the shoulders will tend to be closed
By Don Leone

The average player tends to move the ball around in their stance too much, which creates inconsistency in your address position. Example: If the ball position is too far forward, your shoulders will tend to be open relative to the target line. Conversely, if the ball is too far back, the shoulders will tend to be closed.

Most tour players don’t alter their ball position more than two or three ball widths, unless their trying to create a certain trajectory. Jack Nicklaus played most of his shots just inside of the left heel.

Here’s a simpler approach: In your address position, put your feet together, placing the ball in the middle of your stance. With your short irons, No. 8 through the wedges, move your left heel three inches to the left and your right heel three inches to the right. The ball should be centered in your stance.

With the middle irons, Nos. 5-7, keeping the ball three inches off the left heel, move your right heel two more inches to the right. This moves the ball slightly forward of center.

For the long irons, hybrids and fairway woods, keeping the ball three inches off the left heel, move the right heel the width of your right shoulder — the ball appears to look more forward, but is it?

With the driver it’s slightly different. Put your feet together with the ball centered in your stance. Keeping the left heel in place, move your right heel slightly outside the width of the right shoulder.

The key is the ball position never changed relative to your left heel except with the driver, thus keeping your shoulders square to the target line. This will lead to a more consistent set up, resulting more consistent shots.

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