Beginner Golf Tip – Correct Height for Hitting the Driver Video
While you're out in the golf course playing, there's one opportunity where you get to choose the lie of the golf ball and that’s during your tee shots. So we need to make sure that when you're given the opportunity to pick the line that you have the ball on, you actually choose the best possible tee peg height to get the most consistent results. So it's not just about teeing the ball up at the right level, it's about doing it consistently over the course of an entire round to make sure that it's always the right height for the club that you’ve chosen.
So if we start off by looking at using a driver, the driver is one of the deepest faces in the bag. So we actually need quite a deep tee peg but there is a risk with having the ball too high up on the tee peg that you could go straight underneath the ball and have one of those awkward sky shots that goes too high but likewise having the ball too low on the club face, makes it very difficult to strike the ball correctly. The club face of your driver actually has a small curve or a cumber to it. So it's actually more lofted towards the top of the club and less lofted towards the bottom. That’s designed to help correct a few of your shots. But if you want to see good consistent high flights, with the right level of spin on the golf ball, teeing the ball up correctly is really important.
Just to start with I'm going to show you here how I would like to see the ball teed up. Taking my red line as the equator of the golf ball at halfway, I'd like to have the equator lined up with the top edge of the golf club. So effectively half of the ball crests over the top and half of the ball sits down into the face. That way when I strike the golf ball, I don’t actually need to hit the ground, I can sweep slightly on the way up and have the ball hitting right in the center of the golf club. If the ball sitting all of the ball above the face, there is arrested if I got underneath it, I'd hit of the top edge maybe leave a nasty sky mark on your golf club. You might look at your clubs and think if there's a lot of marking across the top edge, that’s what you’ve been doing, you’ve been skying it and knocking it too high up into the air because the tee peg was too high.
While if the tee peg is too low, you might struggle to get underneath the ball or encourage yourself to hit down and take a divot and that’s not going to work for you either so with your driver, you don’t want to be taking a divot. So as I look at the three tee pegs I've got setup here, I've got a short one to start with ands that’s a little bit too low. That driver would sit slightly below the top edge, it wouldn’t meet the half of the ball above the top like I would want. That tee peg sits a lot nicer half the ball over the top that would work. And this one is a little bit too high I could get all the way underneath that one, and sky that one up into the air.
So that would be the correct height I'd want for my driver. As you go down to your 3-wood and your hybrid comes in your arms, the same principle applies with the wooden headed clubs. So the 3-wood and the hybrid club are the same at half the ball above the top. As you move down into your irons, probably drop the tee peg height down a little bit. An iron is designed to be hit from lower down on the club face. So when you're playing the part 3s or you're hitting an iron off the tee for safety, to get down quite low, almost just above the surface of the grass it would like a good lie.
But when you give it an opportunity with the wooden clubs get the ball a little bit higher up on the tee peg. You can need these, the straight tees that just push in to the floor and learn to push them in the size -- the right height or the right size or actually get the castle tees. They have a little flange at the bottom, where it just stops the clubs or stops the tee peg sorry, going in any lower than it should. And you use different colored castle tees to use the right height for the right club.
So I know that with my driver I would use a white colored castle tee and that would give me a nice high tee. If I wanted to hit a 3-wood, I might go down and use a yellow castle tee that’s a little bit shorter so it goes in lower and then maybe a blue castle tee for my irons shorter still. And now I just look in my pocket, pick out the right tee, gum it into the floor and I know I'm going to be consistently at t the right level, I don't need to guess too much. So when you’ve got an opportunity to tee the ball up make sure you're teeing it up consistently for consistent result out here with the ball flight.