Ocean City Golf School

The Original Golf School Monthly Golf Tips by PGA Professional Bob Affelder


Bob Affelder PGA Pro

Tee It High and Let It Fly

I’m often asked by students, how high should the golf ball be teed up? It depends on several factors. The first thing to consider is your club choice. If it’s a driver, you want to tee the ball so half the club is above the top of the clubface. You may want to use 2 inch tees if you have a big headed driver (360 cc or bigger). If you are teeing off with a 3 wood, tee the ball considerably lower but still about 1/2 to 1/4 of the ball above the top of the club. An iron should be teed low just 1/4 inch above the ground. If an iron is teed too high you will make contact above the club’s sweet spot.

The next thing to consider is the shot you are trying to execute. A drive into the wind should be teed lower. A drive down wind should be teed higher. Remember the ball moves slightly back in your stance for low shots and slightly forward on a high shot. All fairway woods, rescue clubs, hybrids and driving or long irons should be teed fairly low. Tee them about a thumbs nail above the ground. This will help you contact the ball in the center of the club head. Lastly, as Jack Nicklause professed, always use a tee on a par three and every hole. He said “you only get 18 chances at a perfect lie, so might as well take advantage of that."

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