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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

How Butch Harmon Does Ball Position

Last week I posted a ball position tip from Seve. Seve tended to move the ball around in his setup.

Today I'm linking to a Golf Digest article from Butch Harmon on ball position. Butch likes using the same ball position with all your clubs -- at least for full shots.

While I want you to read the article, at first I didn't realize exactly how he was determining where he wanted the ball. In this post I'm going to make sure you understand how he does it because he has two different reference points, and the first one helps you figure out the second one. The second one is the one you'll be using.

Butch showing ball position for three different clubs

You start with the driver. Butch's reference point for ball position with the driver is the logo on the left breast of your golf shirt. (You lefties will have to guess at that, I suppose, since most companies don't make left-handed golf shirts. Just pick the point halfway between your right armpit and your breastbone.)

Are you with me so far? That's the FIRST reference point.

Now you look down and see how far the ball is from your lead foot. For example, in the photo above Butch has the ball around two inches or so inside his lead heel. That's the SECOND reference point, and that's the one you use for the rest of your full shots with your other clubs. You move your trail foot to adjust your stance width, and that has the effect of moving the ball back in your stance. You can see how that works in the photo above.

You got that? You determine your basic ball position by using your shirt logo and driver, check where that ball position is relative to your lead foot, and then use the lead foot-to-ball distance you just measured as your ball position for every club in your bag.

Butch's article explains in detail how to find that distance, but at first reading it might not be clear that it's a two-step process. Now you know.

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