How To Check Your Distance From The Ball

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Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

12 Responses to “How To Check Your Distance From The Ball”

  1. Paul

    • Mike, The head is dropping because of the lower body firing. As your body angles behind the ball your head is getting lower. Plus there is just the force of the swing itself. This is an unconscious move.

  2. August 12, 2013


    I’m trying all of this out, and yesterday at the range was trying to get powerless arms and using your setup routine. I was practicing with a 7 iron, and felt miles away from the ball, and I noticed that I was hitting most of my shots off the toe. Is that because I’m too far away from the ball, or is there another flaw in my swing?

    • August 13, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      This can be too far away from the ball especially if you are not used to it. Plus, raising up through impact causes it. Taller you get them more you pull the club in towards you. Just watch the ball when you hit the ball then you can look for it’s flight. If you do you will hit the center of the face.

      Keep in mind you should only be about 6 inches or so from the butt end of the club to the belt buckle. Don’t get too far away from it.

  3. Hi Paul. Do you measure this from an “upright” position or with the tilt? Easier for me to build my set-up from standing straight up and down but I guess the belt buckle might move a bit further away from the ball when standing like this? Or am I wrong?

  4. February 5, 2018


    I have read/heard time after time from many great instructors that once you assume your stance and have the correct spine angle at address (as you teach), you should simply let your loose arms hang straight down and then grip the club. That seems much easier to do than the thumb/middle finger thing. I am 6’2″, your method implies some guess work. Plus am I supposed to do this every time I line up to hit the ball? Is there anything wrong with the tried-and-true letting the arms hang down (which also promotes loose arms)? Also, at address, if the sole of the club is flat or square to the lie with the ball aligned to the middle/sweetspot of the clubface, wouldn’t that determine how far you stand from the ball? Don’t get me wrong, I think you are a great instructor, but I wonder about this tip.

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      February 5, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      You don’t want the arms hanging straight down. This leads to a deep backswing. You need the forearms and thighs parallel at about 6 inches from the side view. This means they would be under you nose.

      There shouldn’t be any guess work with my setup.

      You need to get you distance to the ball:

      Setup – Distance To Ball Toe Up or Toe Down:

      Then look up, sit and bend until you see the club and ball clearly not your toes. This would get you on the right angle (taller).

      Sounds like you are not knowing the distance to the ball so the tip above should fix it.

      The club is not flush at address. It would be toe up. 6’2″ is really not difficult at all to get into my setup. For you I would suggest clubs about 1/2″ long and 2 degrees upright. Hopefully, you have your clubs fitted. If you are using regular clubs you may have an issue.

      A New Way To Get The Taller Setup:
      Stand Tall with Short Clubs:

  5. February 10, 2018


    great tips, everything is coming together, starting to make sense. Maybe I should check out custom fit clubs…

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      February 11, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      You definitely want to make sure your setup is perfect before getting custom fit. If you get fit and have to change your setup the new clubs could be worthless. If you want to send us a picture of your setup from down the line we will check it. Just send it to out contact email.

  6. August 24, 2018


    How does the distance from ball change when you are choking down on the club as in a medium and short pitch?

    does this standard apply to a chip shot?



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