How high should you tee your ball? High enough! How is that for an answer? All kidding aside, it will vary for different players, but generally speaking, you should tee your ball high enough so that when you hit the ball you are contacting the ball slightly above the sweet spot of the club. This will cause the ball to launch higher and will reduce some of the spin on the ball. This type of shot – High launch, low spin is the magic formula for longer tee shots.
A good guideline for tee height is to tee the ball high enough so the middle of the ball is at the top of the driver.
This is a good starting point for most players, but you need to take it a step further. You need to find out where you are hitting the ball on the face to find the optimum tee height for your swing. The best way to do this is to use a dry erase marker and cover the face of your driver. After you hit a few shots, you will notice where you are hitting the ball on the face. Ideally, you would want to hit the ball slightly above the center of the face to get the high launch – low spin shot.
If you have a driver with a black face, I have found that a neon colored dry erase marker shows up really well. If you have a grey or silver colored face a black dry erase marker will work great.
Check your tee height and where you are contacting the ball on the face and you could make a simple adjustment that could add some serious distance to your tee shots.
Watch the video below to see what a difference the proper tee height can make.