How to Pick Your Tee Spot Wisely

By Rowena Pedrena

Have you every played a round of golf and never taken the time to select your tee spot when teeing off? Maybe you are nervous and anxious and quickly want to get the hole started, or maybe you're just unaware of what you're doing. Whether you're a beginning or someone who's been playing for years, selecting your tee spot is key to starting a hole off right.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Take a look at your score card before even setting foot on the tee box. Observe the layout of the hole, particularly on a par four or five. You won't hit the green on your tee shot, so you want to land the ball to set up for your second or approach shot.
Step 2
Focus on which side of the tee box you need to stand in order to achieve the shot you're trying to create (such as a draw or fade). Where the tee markers are lined up on the tee box in reference to the pin will guide you to which side to stand to align yourself properly for the type of shot you normally hit.
Step 3
Take several steps backwards and observe the level of the ground. Find the area that is the most level. Unlike the driving range, a tee box is not guaranteed to be completely flat.
Step 4
Stick your tee in the ground and place your ball on top of it.
Step 5
Address the ball and adopt your full stance. Check your alignment one more time and make sure the spot you picked is where you want to be. Take a look at your target and confirm that you're standing where you envisioned before teeing the ball.
Step 6
Check your footing. Do not to stand on a divot (more common on par threes). Sometimes you may misjudge the length of your club relative to your stance. If this happens and you find yourself standing in a divot. readjust your teed ball.

Tips & Warnings

Be aware that USGA rules allow the player to tee the ball up to two club lengths behind the start of the tee markers. In addition, only the ball must remain within the tee markers--your stance does not--so take advantage of the entire length of the teeing area.

About The Author

Rowena Pedrena is currently working with The First Tee Metropolitan New York as a program manager and instructor. She played division one women's golf at Mount Saint Mary's College in Maryland, and has over seven years instruction experience, teaching adults and childrens both individually and in group classes.

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