Golf tip of the week: The longer clubs require a wider stance

PHOTO PROVIDED Starting with the 5-iron through the wedges, the outside of both feet should be even with the shoulders. All the longer clubs inside of both feet aligned with the outside of the shoulders.

Over the years I have always been surprised how many golfers do not know how far the feet should be apart with various clubs.

The feet must be set wide enough to support a golf swing and maintain proper balance.

The right foot should be square to the target line, and the left foot should be open slightly. Keeping the right foot square will support the coil of the upper body and the left foot being open slightly allows the weight to go to the outside of the left foot on the follow through, aiding in a good finish.

Once you have the feet set properly, you must determine the proper width between the feet.

Starting with the 5-iron through the wedges, the outsides of both feet should be approximately the same width as the shoulders.

When setting up for the longer clubs, the inside of both feet should be even with the outside of the shoulders,

There is a little wiggle room, plus or minus an inch.

If the feet are too close together, it is difficult to maintain one’s balance. If the feet are too far apart, the legs will not work correctly and cause the upper torso to overwork. Just remember setting up to a golf ball is no different than setting up for a foul shot in basketball. It’s just an athletic stance.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, a golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf and gives lessons in his high-tech golf swing simulator at his golf facility in Williamsport.

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