Ball position is something that I think is very overlooked or just taken for granted.
I feel it is extremely important to know where the ball is relative to the bottom of the swing. That spot may differ from player to player, because of the amount of forward lateral movement each player has. You need to find the best position for you. On all full shots that are uninhibited or not in some type of awkward lie, the ball position should be slightly ahead of center to about 3 inches ahead of center according to the length of the club.
The ball position should be ahead in the stance, so when you redirect the swing, the club will start forward and descend on its forward approach to the ball. This will produce forward and downward pressure on the ball, making the ball start down your target line.
Here's how to determine where the ball is relative to your feet:
Place two clubs on the ground forming a small letter "t." The one that is parallel to your target is your foot line. Place your toes along this club. The one that is perpendicular should be placed to indicate the center of your stance.
Now start with the ball slightly ahead of this point for your iron shots and work forward up to about 3 inches for your driver.
Remember, on all full shots the ball should be between your front heel and the club that is at the center of your feet.
Try it; I'm sure you will like it.
Tim Peightal is a PGA pro, general manager and director of golf at Pelican Bay Country Club - north and south courses in Daytona Beach. He also owns Summit Driving Range in Port Orange. Mr. Peightal can be reached at (386) 304-4774 or by sending an e-mail to GypsyPro12@ aol.com.