Golf Stance Golf Basics
Learn the correct golf stance hand & ball position, foot width, weight distribution, alignment, setup & posture for all clubs from drivers to irons to perfect your swing.
An improper golf stance can make playing golf a very difficult task. Learn the proper stance for golf, along with the
basic golf grip
basic golf swing.
You will make playing golf a very simple and natural task.
6 Golf Stance Golf Basics
1st Basic (Foot Position) - 2 Philosophies
- 1st Philosophy: Have your feet and knees aligned parallel to the target for all shots.
- 2nd Philosophy: 1) Play with a slightly open foot position for 9 iron and below, 2) a parallel to target foot position for 6, 7, and 8 irons, and 3) a slightly closed foot position for 5 irons and above.
- My Thoughts: Different strokes for different folks. For this golf basics article, I will just say try them both and see which works for you best.
- Poorly Fitted Clubs Keep You Guessing: You will constantly struggle with foot position, grip, and swing path with poorly fitted clubs.
2nd Basic (Posture) - 3 Important Notes
4th Basic: (Weight Distributed)
3rd Basic (Foot Width) - Have your heels a shoulders' width apart.
- Your weight should be evenly distributed between the balls of your feet.
- Toes and Heels: If your weight is balanced on your heels or toes, your posture is poor or your hands are too close or too far from your thighs.
5th Basic (Natural Ball Position)
6th Basic (Alignment)
- Short Irons: The ball should be in the middle of your golf stance.
- Driver: The ball should line up with the heel of your front foot.
- Other Clubs: Where the ball lineups for all other clubs gradually moves from the middle of the stance towards the heel of your front foot the longer the club gets.
- Eyes, Shoulders and Chest Your eyes, shoulders, and chest should be aimed parallel to the target line.
- Hips, Knees, and Feet: Your hips, knees and feet may or may not be aimed parallel to the target line. It depends on if you are playing an open, neutral, or closed stance, as discussed in the 1st Basic above.
- Obviously, if your stance is open, your feet, knees and hips will be slightly aligned to the left of the target (for right handed golfers). The opposite is true for a closed stance. If neutral, then every part of your body is aiming parallel to the target line.
There you have the golf basics for the proper golf stance.