As with all things in golf, the length of the golf tee is regulated. The rules lay down that it can be no longer than a specific length to conform with rules of golf. To be honest, I have never thought about this rule before, nor have I heard of anyone being called for being in violation of the rule. So, I would assess that for most of us, it is a nonissue and one that may never be used.
According to Appendix IV – Devices and Other Equipment, the length of the golf tee can be no more than 4 inches in length. This particular text from the appendix applies to Rule 11 and is stated as follows:
1. Tees (Rule 11)
A tee is a device designed to raise the ball off the ground. A tee must not:
• be longer than 4 inches (101.6 mm);
• be designed or manufactured in such a way that it could indicate line of play;
• unduly influence the movement of the ball; or
• otherwise assist the player in making a stroke or in his play.
To be totally honest, I did not know this rule until I read it recently. But apparently, I am not alone:
I cannot imagine using a golf tee over 4 inches. Given my swing, I would go right under the ball and scuff the top of my driver. Not a good thing in my opinion!
I did a quick search at Golf Town and they do not sell golf tees longer that 4 inches and one package suggested that it was the max length, but they never really came out a stated it. Regardless, I could not buy a tee longer that 4 inches. That should have been an indicator to me, if I was actually thinking about it.
There you have it, a golf tee cannot be longer than 4 inches. If you are wondering (which I am sure most of you are), if a player does use a tee longer than 4 inches, they are disqualified from the golf tournament.
Rule 11-1: If a player makes a stroke at a ball on a non-conforming tee, or at a ball teed in a manner not permitted by this Rule, he is disqualified.
Moving forward, this is a rule I will have to watch. Although I am not sure I have ever seen or will see a player using a tee longer than 4 inches, it is something to pay attention too. I think this would be difficult rule to enforce unless the player actually admitted to using a non-conforming tee.
Have you ever used a tee longer than 4 inches? Have you ever heard of anyone being disqualified for using a non-conforming tee?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!