How High To Tee Your Driver

Simple tips on how high to tee your driver

How high to tee your driver
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In this video and article on how high to tee your driver for maximum power and control, PGA professional Alex Elliott explains the theory!

The correct tee height is vital to consistently achieving good shots off the tee. With a driver in hand you should be looking to strike the ball on the upswing. That means after the point at which the driver reaches the bottom of the swing arc. For this reason you should set the ball forwards in your stance at address. This is one of those driver golf swing basics for effortless power.

Through impact you should be looking for the ball to make contact with the driver just a fraction higher than centre on the face. This is because a 'high-on-the-face' strike reduces spin. This means the force you apply to the ball is being used to send it forwards as opposed to spinning it up into the air.

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For this reason, tee the ball up so the equator of the ball at address is in line with the crown of the driver. This will encourage you to hit up on the ball but also allow you to strike the face slightly above the centre-point. 

Tee height

(Image credit: Kenny Smith)

For many golfers, if they tee the ball down too much, it will encourage more of a steep, descending angle of attack. Likewise, if you tee the ball up too high it can cause you to lean back too much and this can have a negative affect on your swing plane.

Whilst you certainly don't want to be leaning back through impact as this will cause poor strikes, you do want your body to be behind the ball at the moment of contact. Without having to make a considered move in the swing, you can set up for this with the perfect ball position and tee height.

Make sure that your posture remains the same from address to impact and a good strike with the driver will deliver impressive yards, whatever your swing speed. Make sure you set the tee at this height for your driver and you'll encourage all the correct moves in the swing itself.

Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."

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. In his time 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! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! 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. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X