Putting Stance and Ball position: A Brief Guide

VD January 01 2022

In the world of golf, two factors decide whether you have the potential of becoming a top-tier player or remain an amateur. We are talking about the player's stance and the positioning of the ball.

The player's stance is going to determine if the player is standing so that it can execute a power-packed accurate shot with minimum recoil. The ball positioning indicates the directional placement of the ball before launch. Even professionals have different stances and the positioning of the ball varies with each individual. To understand this better, read on to discover how you can place these two factors into consideration when you are planning your shot.

Discover some basic stance principles that will help you get off a powerful accurate shot

Stance Principles for Powerful Shots

To achieve maximum efficiency while playing golf shots, it's important to keep certain things in mind. The first thing that players should consider is their balance between feet. There are three possibilities: having the weight equally distributed between both feet, heavier weight on the right foot, or vice versa. Players should experiment with all three options until they find one where they are most comfortable standing. It's important to have a stable footing for a strong shot.

Another principle is that players should keep their bodies straight and still at all times. In fact, most professional golfers recommend keeping the head as still as possible. When the head moves during impact, it can alter or change the direction of the ball from its intended trajectory. As far as your arms are concerned, they should remain relaxed at all times since any tension in the arms will translate down to your grip and club handle negatively affecting your swing motion.

Finally, make sure you feel comfortable with the stance you choose before hitting a perfect shot. Remember, practice makes perfect!

Different positions of putting balls

There is no standard position for putting a golf ball on the green - it's all about personal preference and comfort level. The idea behind this is to help the player get a feel for the green so that he or she knows how far to reach out with putts and can plan their strategies accordingly.

Here are some things you should consider:

  • Which one is your dominant eye? You should place the ball towards that side of your body. This might be uncomfortable initially but it'll help you gauge distances more accurately since you'll be looking at the target directly instead of taking a quick glance before hitting the ball. If you're not sure which eye is dominant, try closing one eye (not both) and then take a shot; if your accuracy increases significantly, it means that your other is your dominant eye.
  • Spin or go long? Not all golf courses are going to be similar, and the same goes for greens. Some will require a small tap while others a full swing. If you're unsure about what kind of shot to take, try out different positions until you get a feel for the ball - do some drills!
  • Don't choose what's most comfortable; choose what's best! You might be tempted to place the ball at your favorite place but make sure that it is actually effective for your play style. Remember, too close and you won't have enough power or speed to clear distance hurdles; too far and you'll lose accuracy of your position on the green.

Here are four core steps that can help a golfer put up a perfect stance and position the ball perfectly.

Attaining a Perfect Width

By the term width, we mean the width between the player's toes when the ball is aligned in the middle of them. The width determines how far the ball will land after impact and with what speed it will do so.

The experts suggest that the width of your toes should be approximately equal to the width of your hip. Also, the positioning of the toes is a crucial factor in attaining a perfect stance. The toes must be in a straighter orientation instead of being splashed outwards.

Positioning the Ball Right

Once the width is right, the next important task is to position the ball according to the type of shot you are about to execute. Multiple shots require multiple ball placements and positions with different clubs.

The best general way to position the ball is to position it ahead of the center point. The center point means the center point of your stance and width. To keep a better idea about the placement coordinates, consider that you are addressing a 6-iron.

Putting a Firm Grip

Once we have achieved the perfect stance, we have got the ball in the proper position. Now we can direct our attention towards the club and grip the club up to perfection. Remember, you might be thinking that having a looser grip for a more accurate shot is essential. But there’s much more to that.

Once the putter is on the ground, it is better to position your hands so that the putter points outward. Outward of your left hip, nearly adjacent to your belt buckle only if you are a right-hand golfer. Also, your hands should be slightly ahead of the ball.

Executing a Perfect Forward Press

Once everything is aligned, all that’s left to do is execute a perfect shot that will drop the ball right on the target. This is also the major factor that most amateur golfers lack.

The forward push of the ball will decide if the ball will follow a straighter trajectory or a more curved trajectory. As an amateur, you might consider striking the full ball force to get the perfect results. But the key you are missing is the gentle magic of the ‘forward press’ that will de-loft the putter's face once the ball is rolling.

Final notes

These are the four crucial steps you need to follow if you pursue a perfect stance and ultimately position the golf. Remember, these aren’t universal steps that can be used for every single condition or every single golf shot that ever existed. You need to be more adaptable to attain perfect results in every situation.

Also, another significant error most of the golfers don’t notice is the length of the club. Longer putters mean that the hands will be more relaxed when executing a shot. For long-range shots, this can be a real con.