How High To Tee The Golf Ball

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Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

16 Responses to “How High To Tee The Golf Ball”

  1. September 27, 2014



    Could you explain how tee height affects your shot when you are trying to hit a draw or fade. Thanks.


    • September 27, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      As I said in the tip too high you would have to tilt too much behind the ball to make contact. This creates path to much from the inside. If you release the club doing this you will draw or hook it. If you lock your wrists you block it hitting pushes or push fades.

      If the ball is too low you will have to have the club descending too much to make contact on the face. To do this you would move ahead of the ball which sends it over the top. If the wrists are too tight with this path the ball will fade or slice. If the face is square to the path or closed it will pull or pull hook.

      I would not be trying to draw and fade it through varying the tee height. To draw and fade follow these tips:

  2. September 27, 2014


    Thanks for this video as I have a tendency to sky tee shots & this just told me WHY I do this.
    Have you any fixes for hitting down or getting in front of the ball.
    I get ahead of the ball instead of staying behind the ball.


  3. September 27, 2014


    Paul, everything you show is what I have always been told in the past. Lately I’ve been told that the ball should be teed higher with the new modern drivers. I think the reason for this is do to the way the manufacturer has shifted the the club face weights? My driver is several years old and I still follow the advice in your video. I am looking for a new driver and if I find one I like better than what I’m hitting , should I raise the height for my teeing the driver?

    • September 27, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      I was hitting a modern driver when I shot this tip. You want half of the ball above the face. Newer drivers require longer tees to do this.

  4. September 29, 2014


    Hi Paul;
    There are tees made called “step” tees that will give you the proper height automatically. 3 1/2 for driver, 2 3/4 for 3 wood. They have an underside flat bottom that stops when pushed in to the ground thus giving the required proper height with no guesswork.

    • September 30, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, there are step tees but not all driver heads are the same size. So you need to check the step to see if it gets half the ball above the face.

  5. Paul,If you want to hit the ball low IN the wind with the driver ,you should TEE low if you have the wind downwards ,you may TEE a bit higher to have a High flight which carries the ball further .
    I saw vidéos OF VIJAY SINGH where it’s obvious hé hits down with his driver ,not up !
    Generally speaking ,I find it “safer ” to TEE a wee bit lower than ” higher “.
    However ,some authors recommend to TEE High and move the ball further up IN the stance ,IN front OF the left big toe .
    I tried to do so ,it doesn’t work for me

  6. August 27, 2016


    Hi Paul. What about ball position relative to your feet for various tee heights. As for the driver, should the 3-wood and hybrids be positioned off the left heel (for righties), and because the ball is lower with an iron, should it be positioned one or two ball widths back in stance, depending on the iron used?

  7. August 29, 2016


    Thank you, Paul. However, the video did not explain my issue with ball position when it is on a tee using a hybrid or 3-wood. If the ball is on the ground as when it is in the fairway, the club would strike at a slightly descending angle. This would be facilitated by placing the ball one or two widths behind your forward heel. When the ball is teed up for the 3-wood or hybrid it is struck on an even or slightly ascending angle. Should the ball be placed further up in the stance when on the tee to make sure the club has an even or ascending angle to it?

    • August 29, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      No, you need one ball position with driver (inside forward heel) One position with 3 wood to 7 iron (1 ball inside heel). One position with 8 iron down (2 balls inside heel).

      You are not teeing the ball that high with hybrids or 3 wood so this is not an issue. Or it shouldn’t be an issue.

  8. February 10, 2018


    I could not find any tips concerning playing into the wind or with the wind or crosswinds…any tips that would eliminate the guesswork in wind situations???

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