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Hi, I'm Johnny Miles, the head golf professional at the Lake Powell National Golf Course in Page, Arizona. And I want to talk to you about how to position your golf ball to improve your golf game. Now, there's some wife's tales out there. We call them old wife's tales. In the old days, and still out there today, some people will tell you, you play a short iron in the back of your stance, a five iron or medium iron in the middle, and then you're going to play your driver forward. Well, if you want to be an average golfer or a poor golfer, go ahead and do that. But if you want to do better than that, if you want to be a good player, or quality player, and a consistent player, then use the kiss method. In the kiss method, it's very simple. You set up to the golf ball, you put the club out in front of you, you close your eyes, you go back an forth, and then get less and less until you feel your body balance. Then you drop your club down. And that is your natural balance point and ball position. My ball position, like yours, is going to be fairly neutral but slightly forward. And that's because we actually put our right hand below our left hand and that moves our balance point slightly forward, but only slightly; not off my left heel, not off my toe, but fairly neutral to slightly forward. Now, does that change when I change a golf club? Not really. Now, some of the players, good players, they'll play a driver an inch or two, farther forward in let's say a five iron or a seven iron. And that just allows the clubhead to square up a little better for them. However, it's not essential. And the reason being is, is that these are variables, I'm a fixed constant. My balance point really isn't going to change, because I have a driver in my hand. In fact, if I set up, fairly neutral and slightly forward, I put the club up in the air, I close my eyes, I go back and forth, and let it get less and less, and when it stops I drop it down and guess what. That balance point is the same. Maybe that's one reason why I hit a driver so straight. Now, there is a time when your ball position changes. And it's determined not by the golf club, but by the lie of the land. And I'm going to give you an example. There are two basic times when your ball position will change. And it's because those situations change your balance point. For instance, when you're at a downhill lie, a lot of people hit behind the ball because they use a normal ball position. But on a downhill lie, where my left foot is below my right foot, I'm going to lean back into the hill. It's just common sense. It's logic. So, as a result, my balance point moves back slightly. How much? Well, based on the degree of the slope. Normally, my ball position's going to be about right here. But, if I set up and put the club back and forth, until it stops, and then drop it, boom...it's now moved back three inches maybe four. So, as a result, for me to hit a successful shot, I'm going to have to move the ball back in my stance. Hot tip, if you're going to do that, aim a little left, because the odds are the club face is going to be a little open, so it's going to come out a little low, and it's going to move a little right. The other basic time that your ball position is going to change, is when you have an uphill lie. And by an uphill lie, that means that your left foot is above your right foot. Logic tells us that if we're on an uphill lie, we're going to lean into the hill. We don't want to fall backwards. So, our balance point moves forward. So, instead of neutral, it's going to move slightly forward. How much? If it's here a little; if it's here, it's a lot. Hot tip, if you're on an uphill lie, remember, the ball's going to go left, and it's going to go high. So, you better aim to the right. I'm Johnny Miles. Thank you.