How high to tee your ball in the wind

Top tips for how high to tee your ball in the wind

How high to tee your ball in the wind
(Image credit: Kenny Smith)

In this video, Golf Monthly Top Coach Andrew Jones looks at how high to tee your ball in the wind revealing a common misconception to be avoided

How high to tee your ball in the wind

When playing into the wind you should tee the ball down, right? Wrong. This is a huge misconception as people think that a lower tee height will automatically deliver a lower trajectory. This might seem like a logical conclusion but if you strike the ball lower on the face you’ll actually produce more spin. Instead of the ball piercing through the wind, it will balloon and come up well short. Exactly what you were trying to avoid!

When playing into the wind, use a normal tee height and aim to strike the ball from towards the top of the driver face. This will deliver the strongest flight possible. 

The only time this changes is when playing downwind when you should peg the ball up a fraction higher. When doing this you should also move it a fraction further forward in your stance and tilt your spine angle away from the target more than usual. These tweaks relating to how high to tee your driver in the wind will deliver a higher launch as well as a strong flight to maximise your power.

Tee height

(Image credit: Kenny Smith)

If you are using this tip during the winter months remember that you need as secure a hitting platform as possible. This is a slight change to the usual approach for how to hit a driver

To help, set your stance a little wider than usual. A wider stance stabilises you but it also reduces some of the range of motion in your hips. As your upper body rotates against your hips you will create good power without having to make a big turn. The video with this article shows exactly what we are talking about here.

The other important factor is your transition from backswing to downswing. When the swing gets a little shorter in the winter (as we all know it does especially if you are wearing more layers), it can become too fast and snatchy. Concentrate on keeping your transition smooth and you will be far more accurate too. 

As we have shown here, you tee height doesn't need to be constant. Small changes can help you create different flights however, if you are trying to retain distance when the wind is blowing this winter - avoid the temptation to tee the ball down too low!

Neil Tappin
Neil Tappin

Neil has worked for Golf Monthly for over 15-years. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. Neil is currently a 2-handicap golfer who has played the game for as long as he can remember. In his role at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

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