Keys to consistent ball position?
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Routine.. If the ball is in the center of a clock, 12 pointing down the target line, then i walk in from the ball around 7-8. What i will do is, place the clubhead down behind the ball with one hand on the club. Then take my stance. This gives me a yardstick to keep good distance between me and the ball.
Not sure if I qualify as a "better player." I do practice well.
I use a $5 yardstick on the range. I know the correct distances for my swing and often (not as often as I should) lay a yardstick and and alignment rod (marked for how far apart my feet should be for each club) on the range. This "hitting station" helps me groove the correct feeling for each club.
My Moe Norman swing has training aids that I also use (a ball position alignment board) that help me practice the correct setup for my swing.
What I have always done is set up to the ball and grip it only with my left hand and then place my right hand between me and the grip. I touch my pants with my pinky finger and touch the back of the grip with my thumb. I make a "call me" sign with my hand and that creates consistent set up position away from the ball.
Let me know if this helps...