– Well, hi folks, Adam Bazalgette, Two-Time PGA Teacher Of
The Year award winner, back here at the beautiful club at Mediterra in Naples, Florida. Today’s subject in our golf driver tips, how close should you stand to the ball. (upbeat music) (golf club whooshes) So as we look at golf driver tips, how close should you stand to the ball? Well, we’ll look at some great players. Some of them did it different ways. Trying to give you some averages as to what you should look for, give you some ideas as to
what are the advantages of being further from it. What are the advantages
to being closer to it? And at the end of the
video, the final segment, I’m gonna show you a great little drill, to sort of self-coach, and
it’s an easy way to determine kinda how your arms are hanging, and how far from the ball you are. If you like the video, please
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is my home website. Let’s get started. So here’s two really great golfers: Arnold Palmer, obviously
needs no introduction there on the left; Jim Furyk on the right, very, very different looks. Now, look how much closer
Jim stands to the ball there than Mr. Palmer did,
and yet, they were both, obviously, great golfers,
so let’s have a look here. Arnold Palmer, no doubts about it, with all his wins, easily delivers the club well. But equally so does Jim Furyk. So does it really make a difference? Well, if you can deliver the golf club down the target line
and hit it in the middle of the clubface, obviously it doesn’t. But clearly, there are differences there, and they have consequences,
so let’s look at those. (golf club whooshes) That’s my driver swing. We’ve seen two great players
there that did it differently. What are some of the reasons? What are some of the
advantages and disadvantages of standing further
and closer to the ball? Well, I would say generally, the further you stand from the ball, there’s a little more freedom, a little more space, certainly. And generally it would be
easier to round your swing out a little bit if you stand
slightly further from the ball. If you stand really close to it, now Jim Furyk’s super close to it, unless you’re pretty darn flexible, and pretty coordinated to get in there, mostly pretty flexible and
thin, to be frank with you, it’s gonna be hard to get in
a good plane, in a good slot, to hit the shot. What that does do for you though, is by standing a little closer, there’s a little more support
for the arms at impact. The body and the arms can
kinda squeeze up together a little bit more so, you gotta sorta find out
what’s right for you. I would say generally
though, if you’re a thicker, stronger, wider-bodied sort of person, you don’t wanna get too close to it because there’s just
not gonna be enough room to get that thing in there close to you. But just because you’re thinly built doesn’t mean you should
necessarily do what Furyk does. You may do better off
doing a little bit more of what Arnold Palmer did. Have a look at a couple more players. You’ll see what I mean. So does physique always dictate how far you should stand from the ball? Well, clearly not. That’s Kevin Stadler on the left, terrific player, son of
the great Craig Stadler, thickly built guy. Over there on the right’s Aaron Baddeley, one of the fittest and
slimmest guys on the PGA Tour, and to me, he’s standing at
least as far away from it as is Kevin, so it’s an
influence, but it does not dictate how far you should stand from the ball. So what’s the right spot for you? How far should you be from the ball? Well, you’ve gotta fiddle
with it a little bit. What gives you, personally,
with your body style, the best combination of freedom and ability to get on a good plane, while also feeling plenty of support, arms fairly near the body at impact. You don’t wanna experiment too much. Here’s a little tip for you, by the way. I give golf lessons all
the time, that’s what I do; I’m a golf instructor. So I’m talking to people
a lot about their games, and all of us, it’s just human nature, me included, I hate to say sometimes, have this sort of desire to
have a quantum breakthrough in our golf game, to suddenly take a leap and sort of have it down pat, or have a big period of improvement. And what we so often do,
is we look at someone that’s having success, typically on TV, someone that does something
that’s really an idiosyncrasy. Let’s say Arnold Palmer stood
a long way from the golf ball, and we think wait a
minute, let me try that; that might work. Had someone come in the other day, Bryson DeChambeau has all
his clubs the same length, guy’s about a 20 handicap, I think, if I got my clubs cut the same length who knows what I could do. Forget that stuff. It’s never the right place to start, is to look at the idiosyncrasy
and think if I copy that, I’ll get a little bit of the
magic out of the results. They’re usually successful
despite the idiosyncrasy, not picking on Bryson’s
clubs or anything like that, I’m just saying as a general rule. So start in the middle. Start with something pretty
foundational and standard, and I’ll show you what
that is with some players here in just a moment. And as you’ll see, it’s
a little bit different for the iron than the driver. Start from there and work away from that. And be patient and put the work in. So my relationship to the golf ball, kind of middle of the road, for a driver, just a little bit, maybe,
outside my shoulder line. (golf club whooshes) And for me that seems to work okay. That’s kind of what I’ve worked out. Have a look at what I think
is standard for great players. Well to me, they don’t
come any more standard than Adam Scott; you
probably feel the same way. Who wouldn’t wanna have his golf swing? There he is hitting a driver. His hands a little
outside his shoulder line. I think that’s pretty standard;
that’s what you see mostly. And yeah, I think it’s a little different with the driver to an iron,
where his wrists, if you like, or hands, are pretty much
right underneath his shoulder. He’s a little bit more
bent over there, obviously; the shaft is shorter. But that, to me, is a
very, very common look. The shorter iron’s what
you see on the right, maybe a little further
out for the long clubs, and the driver are pushed
just a little bit more out. Now let’s have a look at say, why don’t we grab a
player here, who to me, has had as little coaching
as anybody would have had in the world of golf, and that would be, doesn’t need it either by the way, and that would be Fred Couples, let’s say. So here’s Fred Couples
in his Senior Tour days, so he’s doing what pretty
much comes naturally to him, and I think it would be fair
to say that although he’s maybe a little outside his shoulder
line there with the iron, it’s definitely a case where
his driver is a wee bit further away from him than the iron. I think that’s standard. I would say that’s natural;
that’s what I’d be looking for. So at the beginning introduction, I mentioned to you I’d show
you a neat little drill that you could kinda self-coach as to how far you are from the ball. We’ve used this reference,
hands being under the shoulders, a little bit further out,
possibly, for a driver. Here’s the drill. Take your set up, get
nice and comfortable, then just let your right
hand come off the club and completely relax;
let your arm go limp. Now mine’s hanging inside
of where it was on the club. That means it’s hanging
underneath my shoulder. That means my grip is a little
outside my shoulder line. If you’re up on an iron
like that, if you let go, it should probably hang
right in line with the grip. You gotta make sure you’re
relaxed with that arm though, but at least, it doesn’t
necessary tell you about your posture, but
it certainly tells you about how your arms are hanging
in relation to the club, which is primarily what
we’ve been talking about. So make that a habit once in a while. So I hope that helps you
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  1. Love your videos! I just adjusted my stance in relation to the ball a couple of weeks ago (got a smidge closer whereas I really used to reach) and my drives got a bit looser and longer.

    Shaved off 10 strokes since I watched through your YouTube uploads in the last few weeks. No joke – I've been preaching you to my golf buddies! Thanks as always for another great lesson. Cheers from Canada. 🍁

  2. Another good video that explains a few basic but important things, that 20+ handicapers usually ignore. I watch most of your videos, and get to learn a lot about the "why" and "how" in the golf game.

  3. I wouldn't pick on Bryson DeChambeau's clubs either, I believe he's ranked 22 in the world right now and just hoisted another trophy.

  4. By far, the best online golf instruction, correction, best golf instruction, period. Congrats Adam! Do you do multi-day schools at the facility in Naples?

  5. Well im not sure same length clubs are an idiosyncrasy. I woukd say Jims goofy looking back swing is a idiosyncrasy. Not taking offense but there is data and sound logic to single length clubs. There is no benefit to Jims back swing he just makes it work. Decent video and thanks for taking the time to make it.

  6. Makes sense to me. Do you have any videos on how to hit a fairway wood and hybrid. I hit the ball all over the place with these clubs.

  7. I always thought I was lined up correctly, bent correctly, ball centered on the clubhead, correct take away, slice. Years of slice, got some stick on club face paper, found that 95% of my strikes were on the toe. realized that I wasn't lifting my head , but was leaning on my toes, when the club was behind my head I just leaned back an inch and toed the ball.

  8. Hey Adam, think you are one of the best golf coach on youtube, was wondering if you might swing by somewhere in southeast asia to conduct golf clinic here, give it a thought ya. cheers

  9. Complicated issues explained plainly and succinctly. Thank you sir, for bringing the fundamentals of golf within my reach.

  10. The "car in the garage" idea and just the visual of hips driving forward before following through with upper body was literally a game changer in my swing as a brand new golfer! How fun for it to snap all together and see the ball driving beautifully straight into the air 😉 Can't wait for next round of golf!

  11. Thank you so much for this lesson. I was having some negative issues with my swing. This helped me work it out. Thanks again.

  12. It's interesting that Fred Couples Driver Stance has his arms closer to "impact position" than some other players. It's a bit similar to Bryson D. Experimenting with aligning the ball at address with the driver head just inside the sweet spot might help .. at least at the range while finding the best alignment for a given individual.

  13. I love that the structure. By breaking down the ideal, showing a few variations in the PGA, and then offering a drill to help put it all together, I have everything I need to get to work on it (or at least to start). Love the videos!

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