Why Ball Position’s So Crucial

Why Ball Position’s So Crucial

Justin Rose’s approach to golf is epitomised by his thoughts on ball position in his stance. It relies on simplicity.

“The higher you need to hit it, the further forward it needs to be in your stance – and that works from driver to wedge,” says Rose.

“Generally I don’t think amateurs have the ball for their long irons, forward enough in their stance,” he says.

“They have it towards the middle and then hit behind it or thin it. The ball should be two or three inches behind left heel. You need to imagine you are sweeping it so that at impact the full loft of the club is presented to the ball.”

“If the ball is too far back there’s not enough loft or you’ll try and help it up in the air,” Rose, already with a handful of European Tour titles to his name.

“Generally the same rule applies to the driver. You can’t get the ball far enough forward in your stance. Nobody is going to have it outside their left heel as it’s too uncomfortable. So get it as forward as you can by your left heel.”

Close up of Rose’s ball position – and his adidas Tour 360 shoes

“It’s amazing how much more time it feels like you get into the ball. Obviously it’s only a split second but it allows you to release the club head.”

Bunker shots should also be played with the ball in the same position Rose says. “I heard Tiger say his bunker play improved when he put the ball a little further forward. It gives you a bit more time and presents the full loft of the club to the ball.”

Rose added that it’s important to experiment with your stance and how open you can stand to the ball to vary the height you want the ball to travel.

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