While you might think at first that hitting good drives can’t be as simple as using the right tee, this seemingly small point is far more important than it appears. Sure, you still have to make a good swing in order to hit a long drive right down the middle, but your tee can actually play a big role in this equation.
Golf is a hard enough game to play without introducing even more variables into the mix. That’s why finding your perfect tee for maximum distance and control is crucial – and even more so is setting up with the right tee each and every time.
So how do you find your ‘right’ tee for you? Well – let’s start off by saying that there certainly is no ‘best’ tee height. There are hundreds of different drivers on the market and each golfer’s swing is going to be vastly different.
Therefore, you need to find the right tee height to compliment your driver as well as your swing.
Tee shots struck with your driver are unique in the game of golf as they are basically the only shots that you want to hit up on intentionally. The rest of the game is built on hitting down through the ball, but that is not ideal when talking about the driver.
To hit great drives, you want to hit up through impact – which means the ball needs to be teed up high enough to make that happen.
As a starting point, you should be teeing the ball up at least slightly above the level of the sweet spot of your driver. If the ball is below the sweet spot at address, you will have no chance to strike the sweet spot without taking a divot – and you certainly don’t want to be taking a divot on this shot.
Even if the ball is even with the sweet spot, you will have to have the sole of the club on the turf at impact, which is a difficult position to reach consistently. Therefore, teeing the ball up at least a little bit higher than your sweet spot at address is a great starting point for the tee height conversation.
You aren’t going to be able to find a universal measurement in inches or centimeters for tee height on your drives, because everything is relative to the driver that you use.
Driver heads come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and the ideal tee height for you is going to depend in part on your club. Therefore, when talking about tee height, it is always best to think in terms of the driver itself. For instance, you may choose to tee the ball so that it is halfway above the top of the driver when the club is grounded at address.
In golf, as in life, it is often the small details that are the most important. If you can get the little details right, it seems that the big things take care of themselves.
I am always surprised that Golfers spend hundreds of dollars on the latest and greatest drivers, but still end up with a 2c wooden tee that is a different height every time you stick it in the ground!
Spend some time and experiment what is the perfect height for you and then make sure that you can consistently tee at the same height every drive. You will be surprised at what this can do to your game!
VPRO Golf Team
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