Distance from the Golf Ball Tip: How to Properly Address the Golf Ball Every Time

Visit to learn more about training for a career in golf at National University Golf Academy. Ken Green, Golf Instructor at Aviara Golf Academy, explains how to properly address the golf ball no matter what golf club you are using. To discuss this golf tip with other golfers and share your own leave a comment…

Distance from the Golf Ball Tip: How to Properly Address the Golf Ball Every Time



Visit to learn more about training for a career in golf at National University Golf Academy.

Ken Green, Golf Instructor at Aviara Golf Academy, explains how to properly address the golf ball no matter what golf club you are using. To discuss this golf tip with other golfers and share your own leave a comment below. We look forward to your feedback.

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Hi I’m Ken Green from the Aviara Golf Academy. Today I’m going to give you a little bit of help on trying to determine how far away you are from the ball at address. It’s a common question I get, people always ask, “How far do I stand from the ball and how do I determine that?”

Well basically how you do that is going to be how you approach the ball and the length of the club and the angle of the club is going to determine is going to determine that for you.

As the clubs get longer, starting here with the pitching wedge, 6 iron, and a driver, as the clubs get longer, they progressively get flatter. So what’s going to happen, as I bend forward, I am progressively going to get farther away from the ball. So if I have the same routine in the way I approach the ball the club will determine my distance from the ball.

So beginning with the pitching wedge, if I walk in and I hold the club and let my arms hang right in front of me and tilt forward, and setup to the ball, my hands are about a few inches away and they’re just hanging straight down.

As I setup with a 6 iron, and I do the same thing, tilt forward, now you can see the club reaches farther out but my arms are hanging straight down, but this distance from my body is now increased slightly.

And as I get to the driver, standing the same way, holding the club in front of me, and tilting forward, now you can see that the driver is considerably farther away and the distance where my hands are relative to my body has also increased.

But as the clubs have gotten longer my arms are stilling hanging straight down from my shoulders, I’m not trying to reach farther with the driver or I’m not trying to tuck my arms closer to me with a wedge.

So if we get a good routine where we approach the ball each time, where my arms are hanging on the front of my chest, I tilt forward to the ground, and set my stance, now the club is going to determine how far I am from the ball, I’m going to be much more consistent with my address, which is going to allow me to be much more consistent with my swing and have much better results.

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