Kyle Voska Golf

PGA Certified Teaching Professional shares tips and advice on golf

Change Tee Heights For Different Tee Shots

CHANGE TEE HEIGHTS FOR DIFFERENT TEE SHOTS

Nowadays, there are a variety of tees to choose from for your game.  Some are designed to tee the ball as high as possible, some are for par 3 shots, and others are made to last longer.  Choosing the type of tee is a personal preference, but today I’m going to explain how changing the height of your tee for tee shots can affect your shots.

I personally change my tee height for certain shots.  I tee it high for draws, medium for fades, and low for accuracy.  You may wonder why I don’t choose the same tee height for all shots, but there are valid reasons why I change the height for different shots.

First, it’s important to note that the size of drivers are very large now so most golfers would benefit teeing it pretty high, if in doubt.  Second, it’s been proven through data from launch monitors such as Trackman that in order to hit a draw, your club should be swinging in-to-out and on an upward path.  This is very difficult to do teeing it low.  So, tee hit high to hit more draws.

For fading the ball off the tee, I’d recommend teeing the ball about even with the center of the clubface when the club is lying on the ground.  This will encourage a straighter and more level swing path which makes it easier to fade the ball.  You can certainly fade the ball teeing it high, but many find it easier from a lower height.

The last type of tee height I use is teeing it low, about an inch off the ground.  This is a personal preference, but it’s something a lot of better players use to hit it more accurately.  For me, I use this tee height on tighter holes or on days I’m not swinging my best.  It allows me to swing more within myself and through the ball better.  I may lose a little distance, but I gain confidence knowing I’ll be in the fairway more often.  The key for using this tee height is to not hit down on the ball.  Use a sweeping motion which keeps the clubhead level through impact.

Practice changing your tee heights when you go to the practice range and on the course.  You may find that teeing it high all the time is best for you.  Or you may find that teeing it level with the center of the clubface makes it easier for you to hit the ball more solid.  What works for some may not work for others, but the key is to find what works best for you.  A little trial and error can go a long way towards hitting more fairways in the future.

Good luck and thanks for reading!

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March 20, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

5 Comments »

  1. I agree with you on varying the height of the ball for different shot shapes.

    How high do you tee it normally for a draw? I tee it so the bottom of the ball is even with the top of the driver. That allows me to hit a beautiful power draw down the middle.

    For a fade I tee it so half of the ball is above the driver (460cc).

    I only tee it even with the center of the clubface when hitting into a strong wind.

    What is your opinion of these heights?

    Tony V.

    Comment by Tony vasquez | May 9, 2011 | Reply

    • Tony,

      It appears you have it figured out. That’s great! I tee it up about the same as you do. I don’t know how exact this is, but I think the top of the tee is about 1 inch from the ground for low/accurate shots, 1.5″ off the ground for fades, and 2″ off the ground for fades. Keep hitting it long and straight! Kyle

      Comment by Kyle Voska | May 10, 2011 | Reply

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