The quality of shots you are able to hit, beginner or professional, is greatly influenced by the height of the tee. Golf play starts at the tee box. Setting up the tee is as basic as 123. You just put the tee between your fingers (middle finger and index finger) and put the golf ball on top of the tee in your hand then push it down to the ground on a desired height using the palm of your hands. The common mistake for beginners though is the height of the tee they allot for each shot are the same. Teeing up the golf ball depends on the clubs to be used and type of shot you are aiming for. So before you hit some golf balls make sure that you know the correct way to tee it up.
As defined in the Rules of Golf, “a tee is a device designed to raise the ball off the ground. It must not be longer than 4 inches (101.6 mm), and it must not be designed or manufactured in such a way that it could indicate the line of play or influence the movement of the ball.” It is a wooden or plastic peg that golfers use on the first shot of every hole and can only be used in the tee box though using one is not entirely required. But using a tee ensures to make a clean contact with the ball. You can tee up your ball as far as two club-lengths behind the set of tees. Penalty will be given if you tee up the ball in front of your chosen set of tees. Once you hit the ball off the tee, you have to play the ball as it lies for the rest of the hole.
How High to Tee It Up?
The driver is usually the partner of the tee when it comes to hitting the first shot. But other golf clubs can also be used depending on your strategy. Allow half of the ball is above the driver’s club face to maximize distance and accuracy and encourages proper swing action. Tee it up a little bit higher if you want a more powerful swing or a little bit lower if you want to reduce the amount of spin of the ball.
Woods and Hybrids
Tee up the ball one finger width so it is not that high as in the driver because these clubs have more loft. If you are using a 3-wood, leave out about one-half to one-third of the ball above the crown of the club. And leave about one-third to one-quarter of the ball above the crown of the club of a fairway woods and hybrids. This height make it easier for the ball up in the air and hit it longer and straighter. Make sure to hit the sweet spot to not miss the right distance and accuracy.
Iron and Wedges
The tee is set up lower almost in the ground because it doesn’t need additional loft. When using long to mid-irons such as 2-iron, 3-iron, 4-iron and 5-irons, it is recommended that about a quarter inch of the tee remain above the ground. If you are using shorter mid-irons and shot irons such as a pitching wedges, sand wedges, 6-irons, 7-irons, 8-irons, 9-irons, you can press the tee all the way into the ground with the head of the tee is only above the ground. In some cases other golfers do not use a tee at all but using a tee gives a slight margin of error to help ensure crisp contact.
Remember the longer the club the higher the ball should be teed. Practice hitting shots from different tee heights using the recommended clubs to know which height and type of shots work for you. Once you have determine the right height for you, consistently work on your swing for a perfect tee shot.