How wide should your stance be

Golf Monthly Top 25 Coaches Andrew Jones and Gary Alliss ask - how wide should your golf stance be - and they offer simple ways to check if you are doing it right!

This video from Golf Monthly Top 25 Coach Andrew Jones should help answer the question how wide should your golf stance be? His simple advice will also help you find the correct ball position. If you are looking for more guidance, Golf Monthly Top 25 Coach Gary Alliss offers his view on how wide should your golf stance be below.

The width of your stance is not the same for every club in the bag. That's the first and in many ways, most important element to understand here. The basic rule is the longer the club, the wider your stance needs to be. This is because the extra sshaft length creates more clubhead speed and to control that, you need the added stability of a wider stance. However, another important rule to remember is that if your stance gets too wide, the mobility of your swing and your weight shift will become restricted and you will lack overall power. But how wide should your golf stance be for the different clubs in the bag? Here's an easy way to check.

Wedge

With a wedge in hand, take your normal stance. Now hold the top of the wedge next to your left shoulder and let it hang naturally down. It should be in line with the outside of your left foot. The same goes if you drop the club down from your right shoulder towards your right foot.

6-iron

With a 6-iron in hand, take your normal stance. It should be a little wider than with the wedge and the ball position will be a fraction further forward. This is what helps you create the ideal angle of attack. Now hold the top of the 6-iron next to your left shoulder and let it hang naturally down. It should be in line with the middle of your left foot. The same goes if you drop the club down from your right shoulder towards your right foot.

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Driver

With your driver in hand, take your normal stance. Again, the stance will be even wider and the ball will be just inside your left heel at address. This will help you strike the ball on the upswing for the ideal launch and spin characteristics. Now hold the top of the driver next to your left shoulder and let it hang naturally down. It should be in line with the oinside of your left foot. The same goes if you drop the club down from your right shoulder towards your right foot.

This is the best way to check how wide your golf stance should be.

Neil Tappin
Neil Tappin

Neil has worked for Golf Monthly for over 15-years. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. Neil is currently a 2-handicap golfer who has played the game for as long as he can remember. In his role at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: Titleist TSi3 Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X