One of the intriguing facts of the golf swing is that a player will usually duplicate at impact the position he was in at address. Linked with this is the fundamental idea that the hands should be slightly ahead of the ball at impact, thus leading the club head through the ball and out toward the target. The obvious conclusion? At address you should set yourself up so that your hands are in front of the ball, not opposite it or behind it. A good way to be sure that you can consistently be in the proper address position is to take your stance and then place your hands in such a way that a straight line can be drawn (as at left) from the club head up through the left hand and to the left shoulder. This will not only aid in achieving good position at impact, it will make it possible for you to start the club, the hands and the arms back simultaneously in a firm and well-controlled motion.