Teeing up the golf ball properly is an important aspect of setting yourself up for success on the tee box. Here are some tips on how to tee up effectively:

  1. Choose the Right Tee Height: The height at which you tee up the ball can impact your ability to make solid contact and achieve the desired ball flight. As a general guideline, you want the ball to be positioned so that the middle of the clubface will make contact with the equator of the ball. For drivers and fairway woods, tee the ball high enough that half of the ball is above the top edge of the clubhead. For irons, tee the ball lower, so it is just above the ground.
  2. Align the Ball Correctly: Proper alignment of the golf ball is crucial for hitting accurate shots. The ball should be teed up in line with your target, ensuring that the desired flight path can be achieved. Use alignment aids on the tee box, such as markers or aiming sticks, to help you position the ball correctly.
  3. Position the Ball for the Desired Shot Shape: Depending on the shot you want to hit, you may need to adjust the ball's position on the tee. For a straight shot, position the ball in line with the center of your stance. To hit a draw, move the ball slightly back in your stance, and for a fade, move it slightly forward. Experiment with different ball positions to find what works best for your swing and desired shot shape.
  4. Tee the Ball Far Enough Behind the Tee Markers: When teeing off, make sure you tee the ball up behind the designated tee markers. This ensures that you are playing from the correct teeing ground and abiding by the rules of the course. It also helps maintain fairness for other players who may be teeing off after you.
  5. Take Your Stance: Once you have teed up the ball, take your stance with proper alignment to the target. Position your feet shoulder-width apart, with the ball positioned in line with the appropriate part of your stance based on the club you are using.
  6. Visualize Your Shot: Before addressing the ball, take a moment to visualize the shot you want to hit. Imagine the flight path, the desired landing area, and the target. This mental preparation can help you focus and commit to the shot.
  7. Maintain a Relaxed Grip: As you address the ball, maintain a relaxed grip on the club. Tension in your hands and forearms can lead to restricted movement and poor swing mechanics. Keep your grip pressure light, allowing for a smooth and fluid swing.
  8. Keep Your Eye on the Ball: Throughout your swing, keep your eye on the ball. This will help ensure proper contact and solid ball striking. Avoid lifting your head prematurely, as it can lead to mis-hits.
  9. Stay Balanced: Maintain good balance throughout your swing. Avoid swaying or moving excessively off the ball during your backswing and downswing. Balanced posture and stability will help you deliver a more consistent and powerful strike.
  10. Follow Through: After making contact with the ball, complete your swing with a full and balanced follow-through. Allow your body to rotate naturally and smoothly, and maintain good posture and balance until the club is fully extended.

By following these tips on how to tee up effectively, you can set yourself up for success and improve your chances of hitting accurate and powerful tee shots. Remember to practice these techniques during your practice sessions and incorporate them into your pre-shot routine on the course.

An often overlooked aspect of golf is the where and how to tee up your ball on the tee box. We have a few suggestions for mastering this subtle craft: 

  • If playing a par 3 and you find yourself between clubs, consider teeing the ball farther back in the box to add more yards to the hole, then hit the longer club. Remember, the Rules of Golf allow you to tee up as much as two club lengths behind the tee markers you’re using.


  • On a par 3, place the top of the tee (bottom of the ball) level with the top of the grass. The ball will sit nice optically, and you’ll be able to take proper advantage of your club’s loft and lie. A common mistake is to tee it too high with the irons, which this rule helps avoid.


  • If you’re a right-handed golfer and typically hit a fade or slice, tee up on the right side of the box and aim toward the left side of the fairway. This will give you the full width of the fairway, from left to right, for your fade or slice. For a draw (or left-handed golfer with a fade/slice) it’s just the opposite, so tee your ball up on the left side and aim right.


  • When playing a par 4 or 5, look down the fairway to check for trouble areas before deciding where to tee up. For example, if water lines the right side of the hole, play from the right side and aim a bit to the safe (left) side. This creates a target line away the hazard.


  • A good guide to know how high to tee the ball for a standard wood shot is to rest the wood on the ground and check that half the ball is above the top edge of the face.


  • If playing a par 5 and going for the “long ball,” tee the ball higher than normal and a little more forward in your stance. This will encourage more of a sweeping motion so the clubhead will be hitting slightly up on the ball, which reduces back spin and increases your launch angle; that's crucial when hitting for distance.