What’s the ‘right’ tee height for driver? It depends on 1 factor, says Top 100 Teacher

Many amateurs struggle with where the tee height for driver should be. GOLF Top 100 Teacher Trillium Rose helps give some pointers

With the help of GOLF Top 100 Teacher Trillium Rose, you'll no longer have to guess on where your tee height should be.


Believe it or not, one of the most common questions amateurs ask is a (seemingly) basic one: What’s the right tee height for driver?

On the surface, it seems silly. But think about it from a high level, and it makes more sense. After all, every golfer should want to get answers in order to hit the ball on the sweet spot of the club, helping them gain both distance and accuracy.

With the help of GOLF Top 100 Teacher Jim Murphy, we dive into what the proper tee height should be for every club in your golf bag
The proper tee height for every club in your bag
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While there are lots of suggestions about what the tee height should be while using driver, GOLF Top 100 Teacher Trillium Rose goes about things a little bit differently in her tip — and it all comes down to just one factor.

According to Rose, tee height should be determined by your swing tendencies. So she provides a quick tip in the video below.

How to determine the tee height for your driver

Many golfers just assume that the tee height for driver should be high. Most of that comes from the well-known saying, “tee it high and let it fly” — but Rose says it’s time to get rid of that one-size-fits-all mentality.

Instead, Rose says that amateurs must better understand what their swing tendencies are. Once they do, only then can they figure out how high, medium or low the tee should go.

In the video, Rose demonstrates the three different tee heights.

If you’re a golfer who tends to hit down on the ball (which often leads to a poor result), teeing it lower will provide a better opportunity to hit the middle of the clubface. Tee it too high, and you risk popping the ball straight up into the air — which no golfer wants to do.

For those golfers who properly use lean and side tilt on their driver (which should be the goal of every player), Rose says you’ll want to use either a medium or higher tee height — since your swing path tends to be more on plane, allowing you to launch the ball at impact.

So the next time you practice hitting your driver at the range, go ahead and experiment with different tee heights to see which one works best for you. While you can’t instantly change your swing sequence to improve contact, you can set yourself up for better results by adapting your tee height to your current swing.

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