Principles of Ball Position


The is an article by one of my favorite instructors, the late Jim Flick. It’s a great example of ball position and shows how one of the best of all time got it done.


NICKLAUS SAYS:From the time I was very   young, my teacher Jack Grout tried to keep my mechanics extremely simple.  “Nothing fancy,” he would say. And that included ball position.

I try to play every shot with the ball opposite a point just inside my left  heel. That is a pure fundamental for me. The width of my stance and the distance  from the ball to my stance line is dictated by the length of the club.

It might appear that I play the ball progressively farther back in my stance  for fairway woods, irons and wedges,  but that is more a result of my stance becoming narrower.

I start  with the clubface square to my target, and if I’m swinging properly, it will  open going back then return to square at that ball position before closing.

Jack Nicklaus writes instruction articles only for Golf  Digest.

FLICK SAYS: Jack plays all his clubs with  the ball relatively in the same position. Notice how his hands are in exactly  the same place in relation to his left leg, no matter the club. He is meticulous  with this principle, and he often asks me to check it for him.

His ball position, slightly forward of standard, is very good, especially for  someone like Jack who spent most of his career  trying to eliminate the left side of the course. And that was also ideal for his  more upright swing. But don’t let it get too far forward, which can cause your  shoulders to open too much. If you’re trying to draw the ball, you might need to  play it a little farther back. That encourages a swing more from the inside.

Jim Flick is based at the TaylorMade Learning Center in Carlsbad,  Calif.

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