One of the things that trips up so many golfers with their irons is where to place the ball in their stance to hit straight shots consistently.
To help make it easier once and for all PGA Pro, Calvin Carpenter, walked us through a drill so that you can know where to place the ball every time.
The first step is to lay down 3 alignment sticks.
Two fo them should look like train tracks facing your target. The ball should be in the middle of the tracks and you should be standing on the outside of them.
The third alignment stick should be laid perpendicular to the other two and placed right around in the center pointing straight at the golf ball. This stick represents where the ball is placed in your stance.
For this drill, you will be leaving the sticks and ball in place and you will be repositioning your body to get a better understanding of the position of the ball in your stance and how to line up your swing for success no matter where the ball is placed.
As a general rule of thumb to base your ball placement off of your 7 iron should always be placed in the center of your stance.
Then, shorter clubs (everything from an 8 iron to pitching wedge) you want to play toward your back foot.
Calvin recommends that each club length you go down you should place the ball about one ball distance back in your stance. This will help you to be able to set up each time and know about what distance you want the ball back.
Additionally, as you play the ball farther back in your stance, your stance should also become slightly more narrow to keep that clubface open.
Then, with your longer clubs (6iron to woods) you want to play the ball toward your front foot with a similar ball distance change for each club that you go up.
Additionally, you need to keep your stance slightly wider for these shots.
One trick that many people miss when doing this is that regardless of where the ball is placed in your stance you should still be gripping the club in the center of your body.
The reason you do this is that your attack angle changes with the clubs and you have to play the clubs proportionate to the severity of your attack angle. Typically the attack angle on the shorted club is steeper as opposed to the longer clubs.
If you want to see the full drill in action, make sure you watch the video above and if you would like to see more videos like this, check out our training videos on the Morton Golf Sales YouTube Channel here.