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For a direct hit, tee the target high
Jack Nicklaus
February 08, 1965
How high you should tee a ball is another of those seemingly insignificant elements of golf that can matter a great deal. There is no point in working out something as complex as the pivot if you then ruin shots by being careless about the simple things. The basic rule is that the ball should be teed at the same height every time. Do not ever let the contour of the fairway dictate how high you tee up. Some players tee the ball low if the fairway slopes downhill and high if it rises in front of the tee. This is an error that leads to inconsistent shots. When playing into the wind, of course, you should tee the ball low and hit it low, or you will lose too much distance. On almost all other occasions, however, the ball should be high enough so that when the club head rests on the ground about half the ball shows above it. Ideally, you are going to swing just a little above the top of the grass. As the drawing below shows, you will thus hit the ball in the center of the club face.
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February 08, 1965

For A Direct Hit, Tee The Target High

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How high you should tee a ball is another of those seemingly insignificant elements of golf that can matter a great deal. There is no point in working out something as complex as the pivot if you then ruin shots by being careless about the simple things. The basic rule is that the ball should be teed at the same height every time. Do not ever let the contour of the fairway dictate how high you tee up. Some players tee the ball low if the fairway slopes downhill and high if it rises in front of the tee. This is an error that leads to inconsistent shots. When playing into the wind, of course, you should tee the ball low and hit it low, or you will lose too much distance. On almost all other occasions, however, the ball should be high enough so that when the club head rests on the ground about half the ball shows above it. Ideally, you are going to swing just a little above the top of the grass. As the drawing below shows, you will thus hit the ball in the center of the club face.

This ball may seem to he teed too high, for when the driver is in the address position half of the ball shows above the club head. But if the swing is correct the club will be slightly above the grass at impact and will meet the ball solidly.

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