Golf becomes easier whenever you can eliminate any variable that pertains to the swing, yet the classic methods of teaching involved some complex changes in ball positioning. The traditional theory for hitting irons stated that as the loft of the club increased, the position of the ball at address shifted to the right and the stance became more and more open. Every club, therefore, required its own stance. The system I use—as do most of today's touring pros—is much simpler. The right foot is moved closer to the left as the loft of the club increases, and the ball is positioned slightly closer to the golfer, because the shaft of the club is shorter. But regardless of the club being used, the stance always is kept square to the line of flight and the ball is always played off the left heel.