Since consistent ball striking is our goal, consistent hand position is vital. We do not want to have thirteen different hand placements for thirteen different clubs. You will find different theories on where the hands should be at address. However, I would say that your ball position must match your angle of attack (your path to the golf ball).
The various clubs will determine the ball position. Each club’s manufacturer has designed its club to sit in a particular position. In general, the shorter clubs (6 iron thru SW) will sit primarily in the center of your stance. The longer clubs will gradually move forward, (club head only) in the stance up to the driver. The entire set will not move at all in the butt of the golf club, only the club head. A consistent hand position will also increase the likelihood of making contact at the optimum point in the downswing. This will help you maintain the same club face angle at impact. Consistent club face angle and loft angle in every swing add up to more consistent direction and trajectory.
You need to find your ideal impact position and develop an address position that is similar but not identical.
A Consistent Golf Swing Demands Consistent Footwork
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Your feet can be a great indicator as to how consistent your golf swing can be. It also shows whether your swing path is so out of line, that it is almost impossible for you to have good balance or quiet feet. If you practice at a driving range on a mat, listen for the noise produced by your feet on the mat. On grass see how torn up the grass is where your feet were. Always check out your divot to see if it is aligned with where you were aiming. Of course the best way to know how your swing is performing is to video your swing and send it me for a free analysis. Send it to email@example.com
If you hear your feet scraping across the mat, then you know that something is wrong like possibly over swinging, turning your chest violently, maybe sliding your hips or over excessive turn of the hips. As in this video below, over active feet can be related to a re-routing of the golf club on it’s path to the ball.
For consistency, quite down the swing. Less is more! Guess who this pro is first and you get two dozen golf balls!
Touring pros put a great deal of effort in their address position. To prove your are never cured of a swing fault or address position fault, notice how so many of the videos we have of touring pros practicing on the range include golf clubs on the ground for alignment purposes. Send me your name and email and I’ll send you a video I did on this subject FREE!www.bobbylopezgolf.com
Now, these are touring pros that most likely have played golf since they were 5 to 7 years old. Yet they still find it necessary to place a golf club on the ground to remind them that they are pointed in the proper direction. I guarantee you that if the rules were to allow it on the golf course they would be doing it there as well.
Improper alignment can, no will, have a very negative influence on your swing path. You know where you want the ball to go so you will adjust your swing path to overcome the improper alignment. Now you have compounded the problem and will spend hours on end repairing the swing path once you finally realize the misalignment.
Make sure you place a golf club on the ground when you practice. Touring pros do it so why shouldn’t you!