When Should You Tee Your Ball Up?

When Should You Tee Your Ball Up?

How can teeing the ball up being a problem? Technically it is not unless you make it one. I have three different golf clubs here, my 8-iron, my five wood and my driver. Now only on one of these did I actually tee the ball up. The other two are sitting on a tee but I teed the ball down. The message here is that when you are playing an iron or a fairway wood off of a tee you tee them up the same height.

Which Height Should You Tee Up for Different Clubs?

With those clubs we are trying to hit down on the ball and if you were to tee your ball up and you swung down you would pop the ball up and think you made a bad swing. Now with a driver, because the head is so deep, we do tee the ball up. How high? Well we would like to see the lines on the center of the golf ball adjacent to the top edge of the golf club so that you can see most of the clubhead below the ball itself.

Moving the Tee

Now when you swing at all three of these we would like the tees not to be sitting here upon the completion of the swing. So with the 8-iron and the five wood we are swinging down, we knock the tee out of the ground or at least bend it. With the driver, even if you are swinging level to the ground, because the tee is sitting up so high you should do something to the tee.

So a friendly little message, move those tees, the better you get the tee moving the better the ball will respond. But we only tee up one of these, the driver; we are teeing the other two down. This is really pretty simple and for some of you it is overly basic, but for a lot of you new golfers this is the difference between hitting a good shot and hitting a poor shot. Something as simple as teeing the ball, up or down. It’s your decision.

Category: Tee Shots
Sub-Category: Fairway Shots, Impact, Ball Position
About the Instructor
John Elliott, Jr.
John Elliott, Jr.
St. Andrews Golf & Country Club
3N441 Route 59
West Chicago, IL 60185
Tel: 630-231-3160

John Elliott, Jr., is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #39 instructor in the world. He is the head professional at the Country Club of Ocala in Ocala, Florida.


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