As a generally rule, place the ball more towards your front foot with the Driver and then about an inch back farther as the club number gets larger. The 3 wood is a little further back than your 5 wood and further than a hybrid, and so on, until you use your wedges. Now remember this will be for a standard, flat shot and not for the variety of situations you will get in to. You may have an uphill lie or a downhill lie, or the wind direction, or a fluffy lie or you are on hardpan.
Golf Shops and Pro Shops
The first thing you should do is to be honest about your game. I know those really sleek forged blades look great, but unless you are really good-don't even think about it; and they cost more! Pick out a few clubs that most likely fits your game and also will look pleasing to you. I am not kidding, if it doesn't look good in your eyes it won't work for you and you will probably be back to return it later.
Hit the clubs you picked out in the hitting station. Make sure the computer is set up correctly since this will give you the correct feedback on you shots. If there isn't any real difference from the numbers the computer give you, go with the one that feels better or looks better to you.
Let me explain why you should have some knowledge of shafts, club head styles, materials, lengths, etc.
Years past whether you went to a golf shop, a mega store, or even the pro shop on your course, you were pretty much left clueless or worst told the worst thing for you. Just for fun, I would go into one of these golf shops and pretend not to know much about clubs. Eight out of ten times they would give me the wrong advice, or try to sell me "this brand" because they would make more money, or they just couldn't sell them. Of course I wouldn't let them know I knew better, but sometimes I would ask them why these clubs and not the others. They would make up something.
Sometimes the worst place to purchase clubs is at your pro shop on the course. I know you want to support your pro however he has limited brands and higher prices. I don't want to knock the club pro as they work a million hours a week and don't really get a chance to play golf. They are busy giving lessons and trying to make a buck from their pro shop. They do not make the money they deserve. I had a chance to work as a pro for a few courses, but when I realized how many hours I had to work and not play golf as much as I wanted-no way.
The moral of all this is that the more you know the more you will be empowered when you are buying clubs. Luckily there are many sites on the web that compare different clubs and combinations that you should help you be able to make better choices. I am always watching these to gain knowledge, even if I am not in the market to buy new clubs.
Finally, the whole reason that I started my web site was to help you navigate thru all this crap and give you honest information. I am not making any money from my site, but I really want to help You. I do want to stress again that my site is for the beginner or higher handicap golfers. It may serve to help anyone who just didn't get all that golf talk.