The first thing you do upon hitting the ball is make sure your stance is the right way, the better your stance is, the more accurate your swing and hit will be. Your shoulders, forearms, hips, knees and feet should all be parallel to the target line. Your feet should be eight to twelve inches apart or shoulder width apart. Remember you adjust your stance based off of your club. For example, if you are using a short iron then you will want your feet to be about two inches narrower than the standard stance. If you are using a longer iron or woods, then you will want your feet to be positioned two inches wider than the standard stance. Whether you are a left or right hitter, your foot closest to your target should be slightly turned so that upon swinging you can comfortably rotate your body.
The placement of your ball compared to your body will be different with different clubs. When using wedges, an eight or nine iron, the ball will be positioned exactly in the center of your stance. If you are using a five, six, or seven iron, you will want your ball about an inch and a half more towards your target-side from the center. For three and four irons, and fairway woods, you will want your ball about two and a half inches toward your target-side from the center. Lastly, there is your driver, place the ball about three and a half inches from the center toward your target-side when using one of these. Before you take your swing at the ball, your weight should be distributed evenly between both feet and you should not be on your heels or toes.
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