The complete process of addressing the golf ball is covered in detail using thirty-nine color photographs over thirty-two pages. Topics covered include: defining what a target line is, how to establish and use a target line, how to align the clubface perpendicular to the target line, taking your golf grip, taking your stance, positioning your feet, positioning your body relative to the golf ball, determining the width of your golf stance, distributing your weight between your feet and within your feet, two methods to determine if your feet are equidistant from the target line, why it is important to position the right foot perpendicular to the target line, how to determine how far to stand from the target line or golf ball, how to determine correct leg flex and why you should keep your chin up.
Details About this Chapter on Addressing the Ball
The Target Line
Learn what the target line is, how to establish it, how to use it, and the benefits of using one.
You should never hit a golf ball without first establishing a target line. Many golfers arrive on the practice range, purchase a bucket of balls, empty the bucket of balls and fire away until all of the golf balls are gone without ever establishing a target line. Big mistake. Between golf shots you should always establish a new target line for each shot you take on the range.
Establishing a target line is an effective way to monitor and maintain your alignment, as well as, taking aim at a distant target. The target line effectively takes a distant target and places it right in front of you where you can more easily align yourself to it.
Positioning the Clubface Perpendicular to the Target Line
Before taking your golf grip, position the clubface perpendicular to the target line behind the golf ball. Do this so your golf grip will be in the proper position relative to the clubface when completed.
Step-by-step instructions and photographs describe how to do this as part of the process of taking your golf grip.
Positioning Yourself in Relation to the Ball
What is the best reference to use as you position yourself relative to the golf ball?
Two alternative methods are discussed along with the pros and cons of each method.
Taking Your Stance
With your clubface in position and your grip completed, the next step is to take your stance.
How wide should your stance be?
Which foot should you position first?
How should you position your left foot?
Why should you position the right foot perpendicular to the target line?
Keep Your Feet Equidistant From the Target Line
Learn how to position your feet equidistant from the target line and two methods to see if your feet are equidistant from the target line.
How to Determine the Correct Distance to Stand From the Golf Ball
Learn the correct distance to stand from the golf ball.
Learn how you can check to see if you are standing the correct distance from the golf ball.
Learn how to establish the correct leg flex.
Keep your chin up so that there is room to turn your shoulders under your chin.
Set-up to Hit a Straight Shot
When working on the mechanics of your golf swing, set up to hit a straight shot. This will give you the purest feedback on the state of your golf swing mechanics. In addition, you won’t develop a preference for hitting either a fade or a draw. Once you have a fault-free golf swing, hitting shaped shots is simply a matter of changing your address position to produce the shot you want.
The best instruction I have seen on the subject of shaping golf shots is found in Jack Nicklaus’ Lesson Tee. If you have a sound golf swing, all of ten minutes is all you will need to learn the technique of hitting shaped golf shots.
A Final Thought
A poor address position is one of the major reasons for hitting a bad golf shot. The consequences of doing it incorrectly can deeply affect the mechanics of your golf swing.
– The Author, James Lythgoe