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Proper Club Placement can do a lot for your Game
Web Master
By Web Master
Published on 08/14/2008

Proper Club Placement can do a lot for your Game by Chris Bourassa
One of the big principals in my teaching at The Guaranteed Performance School of Golf at The Bethel Inn Resort has to do with a good knowledge of the placement of each club behind the ball in your set.  This can say a lot for why you hit only one club better than the others or why you slice your long clubs and not the short ones.  Golf club knowledge and the use of each club are skipped over in favor of how your body must address the ball. The club hits the ball; therefore, proper club placement is more important than learning how to set up to the ball.

First is the lie angle of the club.  Lie angle is the angle at which the shaft comes out of club head.  Lie angles vary in your set from 50 degrees with a driver to 65 degrees with a wedge.  This does vary from manufacturer and custom fitting for a tall or short player.  For our purposes here lets just say your 3 wood is 55 degrees and your sand wedge is 65 degrees.  One degree off at impact equals 10 yards off line at 200 yards.  Your tilt in your spine basically forms a right angle to the club.  Therefore, your tilt of your spine should be 10 degrees different from your 3 wood to your sand wedge.  If we keep the same posture for all clubs, some clubs will not work for you.  Always place the club properly on the ground first and then tilt to reach the club.  This way, your body will adjust properly to each club in the bag.  If you grip, then tilt, then place the club on the ground, your body is guessing.  
Finally, I hear a lot of questions of how far to stand from the ball.  A driver can be as long as 48 inches and your wedge can be as short as 35 inches.  There could be 14 different distances for 14 different clubs.  I look at it as one distance from all clubs.  We reach too much with the long clubs and crowd the short ones.  Try a fist distance from your forward thigh to the grip end of the club for your whole set. Try one distance for all your clubs.  This will vary with body type.

Chris Bourassa is a PGA Professional at Guaranteed Performance School of Golf at The Bethel Inn Resort in Bethel, ME. He can be reached at (207) 824-2175