30 Seconds To Master The Proper Ball Position

The FedEx Cup Playoffs begins this week on the PGA Tour with The Barclays. To make it all the way to the Tour Championship, PGA Tour players will need to shoot low scores and do their best to minimize the bogeys. One easy way to hit great shots and shoot lower scores is making sure you have the proper ball position. Keep in mind the position of the golf ball will vary based upon the club you select.

Short Irons

Play your short irons (8-PW) in the center of your stance. These golf clubs have the most upright lie angles and they must be swung at the steepest angle, causing you to take a divot in front of the golf ball.

Middle Irons

Play your middle irons (7-5) one golf ball toward your target side foot, from center (one ball left of center for a right handed golfer). Your middle irons have a slightly flatter lie angle, and you should take a shallower divot than the short irons.

Long Irons, Hybrids, & Fairway Woods

Play your long irons, hybrids, and fairway woods two balls toward your target side foot, from center. With these golf clubs, the golf ball should be struck directly at the bottom of the swing arc with very little divot.


Play your driver three golf balls toward your target side foot, from center. Playing your driver the far forward will help you gain maximum distance by catching the golf ball on the up swing.

Bonus Tip

Correct balance at set up will help you swing the golf club on the correct angle during the back swing. Your weight should be balanced on the balls of your feet, not the heels or toes.

Short irons – weight should be 60% on the target side foot.

Long irons – weight should be 60% on the backside foot.

Great ball position will put you in the proper set up to make a good swing and lower your scores! These ball positions are a good rule to play by if you have a level lie. If you have an uneven lie, check out this tip. If you need more help, send me an email!
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Ryan Spaziani, PGA

Ryan Spaziani has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2012. He graduated from the Professional Golfers Career College in Orlando, FL with an Associate Degree in Professional Golf Management. He has worked for both private and public golf courses in the Raleigh, North Carolina. Ryan has a strong passion and extensive knowledge for teaching, club fitting and growing the game of golf.

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