Today’s big driver heads are, in most instances, a hefty 460 cubic centi- meters, but many players insist on teeing the ball low to the
ground—robbing them of the chance to
launch the ball at an optimum angle.
Intuitively a tall clubface would seem
to require teeing the ball higher. But
how high? Research suggests the ideal
spot isn’t where you’ll hit it in the center of the clubface. Instead, it’s above
center, to the point where at least half
the ball is above the crown of the club.
The reason? Ideally you’ll be coming
into the ball on an upward path with
the club off the ground but not skimming
it. Also, hitting the ball just above the
face’s center should result in shots that
launch high with less backspin, the desired combination off the tee. It’s why
some players years ago would tee the ball
on a scorer’s pencil. Of course, that might
not work today. The USGA has a limit of
four inches on tee height.
Up we go:
says to tee
center of the