Mike Malaska sets up a practice station using alignment sticks. His practice station consists of a target line, and another alignment stick runs parallel to the target line, which helps align your eyes, shoulders, and feet. The last alignment stick runs perpendicular across that stick and positions the ball placement.
The decisions you need to make once you have set up the practice station are; where do I want the back of the ball to be, what am I trying to do, and what club will I use?
First, Mike starts with the shortest clubs, the wedge, and then the driver. You will see the difference in the ball position, weight distribution, and setup because the swings will differ.
The golf swing is a pendulum, and you never want to physically try to hit down on a golf ball. You may hear this all the time; however, you do want the club to descend on the ball. You want the natural forces around you to help do this.
To illustrate this, Mike holds a club parallel to the ground above his head and drops it to demonstrate gravity. As you swing back and start down, momentum, gravity, and centripetal force take the club down. Naturally, the club will drop when you swing. The key is to aim where the bottom of your swing is, and that bottom will be different based on the club you use. This is where your setup will change.