Golf is such a tactical game that every small detail counts. Your golf performance pivots around hitting the ball within the sweet spot of your clubface. A major factor affecting this is how high you tee up the golf ball. Like we said, details. You don’t just plunk the tee in the ground and place it a random height. Use the tee strategically to get the best out of your golf swing. Need more loft? Need to hit more consistently? Can’t get the ball off the turf? Using and adjusting the tee to your maximum advantage will solve all these problems.
What is A Tee And How To Fix It In The Ground?
This slender beauty that holds up the golf ball is called a tee. Tees are usually made of plastic or wood. Owing to the loss of tees on the golf courses frequently, biodegradable tees made of animal bone and skin are also available. Cedar wood is the most common material used to make tees. Tees are usually 2.125 inches tall and are marketed in various colors. They often break or fly off with the golf ball upon impact.
To Fix The Tee In The Ground:
- Hold the tee between your index and middle finger.
- Mount the ball on it and hold it down using your palm like this:
- Now push the tee into the ground using your palm. This is the easiest way to tee up perpendicular to the turf. If you push down the tee using your thumb and index finger only, it may break. Palms also apply sufficient pressure to fix the tee on hard and dry turf.
A. Tee Height Jargon:
Pros usually throw around terms like mid tee, high tee. What do these tee heights mean?
1. Low Tee Height:
At this tee height, the top of the golf ball is level with the top edge of a square clubface facing it. The crown of the club hides the top curve of the golf ball.
2. Mid Tee Height:
At this tee height, the ball is partially above the crown of the clubhead.
3. High Tee Height:
At this height, the bottom of the ball is level with the top edge of the clubhead.
B. Tee Height For Irons:
Teeing up for irons is the easiest. Since the clubfaces of this golf clubs are relatively small, you tee very low. For the short irons and short mid-irons( PW, 6-, 7-, 8-, 9-irons), force the tee in all the way into the ground. Only its head should be flush over the ground.
Some golfers prefer to go without a tee for short irons. But we suggest that you practice with a tee. It’s easier to hit the golf ball off the tee rather than the rough turf. You can perform your own experiments and see what works for you, especially with tee on par three when the ball needs to fly and fall on the green.
For long irons like 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-irons you can tee up ¼ inch above the ground. As in, the visible part of tee above the ground should stand a quarter inch tall. If you have replaced the long iron with hybrids in your golf bag, you should tee in a different manner.
C. Tee Height For Hybrids And Fairway Woods:
Hybrids and fairway woods have similar clubface design and loft management. Their large clubface usually has the sweet spot spread over a larger area and upwards from the sole. So to reach the center of the sweet spot, the ball should be teed higher than for the long irons. For hybrids and fairway woods, make sure at least ½ inch of the tee is above the ground. As the clubs get shorter, you tee lower. As you approach a 3-wood, you should tee at mid tee height.
Do remember than even though hybrids look like fairway woods, they must be swung like irons, i.e. with a descending blow. Read more about how to hit a hybrid here.
D. Tee Height For Driver:
This is the trickiest teeing. After some research, most golf experts now agree that you should tee up the ball mid-to-high height for driving far. Half of the ball should be visible above the crown of the clubhead. With drivers you make a sweeping motion. So teeing up the ball in mid to high tee heights is not an issue. But if you tee it too high such that the bottom of the golf ball is above the crown of the clubface, you might miss the ball entirely.
Teeing the ball mid-to-high for driver gives you maximum distance and accuracy. In an experiment, it was found that ball distance with mid- and high tee height was significantly more than low tee heights. Hitting the ball closer to the top of the clubface lent it more loft and lowered the spin of the ball. And this is most beneficial for the high-handicappers, gaining around 10-12 yards on their drives! So beginners can tee high for a great drive.
You can tee up at ball low in windy situations. This way you will hit down with the driver and introduce less loft and high spin. The low loft will help against the wind and high spin will roll the ball with greater accuracy. It’s making the best of a bad situation.
Why is Tee Height Important?
You buy a driver marked with 10° degree loft. This loft applies only at the sweet spot. The loft of the club varies in the area around the sweet spot. That’s why shots hit from the sweet spot are always consistent and long. Take a look at the loft variation on a driver clubface below:
Source : golfdigest.com
Teeing up the ball at correct height allows you to make impact at the sweet spot every time. As you can see the loft is also higher at the top of the sweet spot.
Teeing up the golf ball right is a small but significant way of driving it straighter and farther. Don’t tee up at the same height for all clubs. You need to vary the tee height based on the club you intend to use. This ensures that the ball makes consistent contact with the sweet spot of the clubhead. You should:
- Tee very low for the short and mid irons
- Tee low for the long irons
- Tee low-mid height for long irons, hybrids, and woods
- Tee mid-height for driver
- Always use a tee especially if you are a beginner
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