How high should you really tee up your golf ball? Here's the answer...

Confused about how high you should tee up your golf ball? Well we're here to help...

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Wed, 6 Jan 2021
How high should you really tee up your golf ball? Here's the answer...

For many amateur golfers that are new to the game, understanding how tee height can effect your shot can be a little confusing and many will be losing out on distance off of the tee by doing it ever so slightly incorrectly. So how high should you tee the ball with your driver?

There is no precise answer to this question as a lot of it is down to a few things, one being simply your preference and how you like your golf ball to fly and the other is the degree of your driver.

If you have a driver that is 10.5 degrees, that number is the degree of the sweet spot, so when you hit the ball bang off of the middle of the clubface, the angle is 10.5 degrees.

Now say you catch the ball a little high on the clubface, that's going to increase the degrees by a couple, likely to around the 12.5/13 degree mark, while if you catch it low on the clubface, the degree will drop slightly, to around 8 degrees.

When the conditions are pretty calm and there isn't much stopping you from hitting a lovely straight drive, you want to tee the ball slightly higher so that you catch it on the way up.

This means you're connecting with the ball as the clubface starts to travel upwards, which reduces the amount of spin on the ball, leaving it in the air for longer and helping you gain more distance.

If the conditions are a little tricky and you're facing a crosswind, teeing the ball slightly lower can help you hit a lower, more penetrating drive through the wind and the ball will have more control once it hits the fairway due to more backspin being on the ball, making it stop quicker.

It's important that you don't get carried away with tee heights. Your ball should never be higher than showing one half above the top of the driver and when teeing it low, the lowest it should be is with the top of the ball in line with the top of the driver.

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