The proper height of your tee when using a driver is critical! I can say this with my hand on my heart because I adjusted my tee to the proper height last season and it drastically improved my hitting percentage. I added some distance, accuracy and overall comfort when hitting my driver. This might seem like an odd statement because my driver is one of my best clubs in my bag, but committing to tee height change made it even better.
Ten years ago, I wrote an article on this very subject. Basically, I came to the same conclusions to the video below, but did not follow my own advice because it did not feel right. I still hit the ball well, but not as effective as I did in my 2021 season. Before outlining my challenges, take a look at the video below to see the proper technique (and why) if setting the right tee height when you hit your driver.
My challenge over the years is teeing my ball too low. I would only have the top of my ball peek over the my driver. I felt that I could hit more fairways with a lower tee. Additionally, I also felt that my swing suited a lower tee height. I was partially correct because I hit many fairways with relatively good distance. The overall challenge was I had to take a big rip at the ball to be successful. That is until last year.
In 2021, I decided to approach my tee shot with less aggressiveness. I found that I was starting to overswing and my balance was wavering. So, I decided to focus on my set up and to swing with a more controlled swing. I started with teeing my ball up an inch; then I moved my ball forward an inch and almost instantly found my sweet spot. My ball had a higher launch angle with less spin. I still hit the fairway 3 out of 4 times and with greater distance (about 10 yards on average). I accomplished all my success with an easier controlled swing. My changes in tee height was a huge success.
There are so many little things to remember when playing golf. Finding the proper tee height for your game is one of those skills that is a must to know. I realize that it took me many years to find my sweet spot, but that is history and my future of hitting great shots with my driver only looks bright.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!