PGA Director of Golf
The Golf Club at Newcastle
Many golfers who battle an uncontrollable slice or struggle to hit the golf ball consistently, often get too caught up in what the club is doing in their swing when usually you can look to the fundamentals of grip, posture or even ball position to help straighten out your slice.
Before we determine what proper ball position is, it will help to understand the extremes of having the ball too far back or too forward at address. When the ball is positioned too far back in your stance, most of the time the clubface will be open at impact causing your slice to worsen. When the ball is placed to far forward, most of the time this will lead to miss-hits and/or “topping” shots, as the club has bottomed out and is starting to come up into the follow through.
For 95% of your full shots, your ball position should be inside your left heel (right handed players) with your Driver or 3 wood, back to the middle of your stance (or right under your nose) with your wedges. Really, we are only talking about a 3-5 inch space where you will position almost all of your full swing shots. You should never position the ball off of your back foot and never in front of your forward foot.
Better ball position will lead to more solidly hit shots which will ultimately lead to better scores and more fun!