Golf tips with Gary Alliss
by Gary Alliss
Gary Alliss is the resident Golf Professional at Ladbrook Golf Club near Tanworth in Arden.
Each issue we catch up with him for his valued golf tips.
In the photograph you can see the ball positions I personally favour for full shots with 3 wood, 6 iron and pitching wedge, however I have to stress to you that there are no hard and fast rules about where the ball should be played for each club, but if you are unsure try the following
Go out into the practice field, find level ground but don’t’ put a ball down, simply make some full blooded practice swings ensuring the clubhead just grazes the grass. Try to make very similar swings and hopefully the club will impact the grass in very near to the same position each time. Do this with a wedge, a mid iron and a fairway wood; eventually you can do it with every club. Now at the point where your tiny divots start with each club place the ball, this is the ball position for each of your clubs.
Ball position is intrinsically linked to roof width; if by chance you hit the same spot with every club (and some of you will) you will need to vary your stance width more than somebody who hits in different places. To explain, hitting the ball from a constant position requires a wide stance with the woods, but you are likely to strike the ball best off a considerably narrower stance with the lofted irons, up to a foot narrower. However, somebody who, like me, favours moving the ball nearer to mid stance as the shafts get shorter will only need to narrow their stance about 6” from driver to wedge. Getting this right will help you to achieve a correct angle of attack for the clubhead, assist the club to swing on the perfect path though impact and aid a centered strike on the ball.
GARY ALLISS “THE KING OF THE SWING”
PGA MASTER PROFESSIONAL LADBROOK PARK GOLF CLUB
PGA CUP CAPTAIN 2007 & 2009
SLOVAK REPUBLIC NATIONAL GOLF COACH
R&A GOLF DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT 2010
GOLF MONTHLY TOP 25 COACH
NIKE GOLF AMBASSADOR