Learn how high to tee a golf ball from PGA Professional Wyatt Worthington.
Maybe you go by feel or maybe you have a tee with lines on it to show you how high to tee up your ball. Most pros say that you are best off to tee your ball half above your club head when it’s resting on the ground but there isn’t a one size fits all answer. It really has a lot to do with the face angle of club that your are using.
Club Face Angles
If you are swinging a 10 degree driver than that means it has 10 degrees of loft in the sweet spot. In most cases just a 1/2 inch up the club face the angle is 12.6 degrees and just a 1/2 inch lower it could be 7.4 degrees. That’s a big difference! So the right height of your tee will depend on the shot you’re trying to hit and the playing conditions.
When To Tee The Ball a Bit Higher and Lower
When you tee it high you will have a better chance of hitting the top of the club-face, where the angle is greater. This will launch the ball higher in most cases with less spin and help you get a good roll after it lands.
Some people tee the ball a bit higher when the winds are calm and the fairways are soft.
If it’s windy you many want to tee you ball a bit lower to keep it below the treeline and away from the stronger winds. You will also get more spin, which will steal a bit of roll but give you more control at the same time.
The highest your ball should ever be is half above your club, looking from behind, and the lowest is when you can just see a bit if it peaking out above the club.
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About Heidi Mitchell
I’m an LPGA Class A golf professional with over 26 years of experience in teaching golf. I can bring your game to a new level by teaching the fundamentals, psychology and functional body movement of golf based on each student’s individual learning style. I use techniques learned from highly acclaimed golf instructors and organizations such as Jimmy Ballard, David Leadbetter, Dr. Gary Wiren, Jim McLean, Dr. Debbie Crews, The LPGA, and The Titleist Performance Institute. I’m on the NIKE golf staff and I’m a TPI level II instructor, US Kids certified instructor as well as a PGA Hope Veteran program instructor and a GSGA adaptive golf instructor.
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