Among golfers and fans of golf, there is a clear chasm between the game that the pros play and the one that we regularly see on golf courses around us on a daily basis.
Like many things in life, those who have devoted innumerable hours to their craft simply have a better grasp of the skills needed to get things done. In golf, that skill is getting the ball into the hole in a comparably smaller number of strokes on a consistent basis.
One of the largest skill gaps between recreation and professional golfers is the distance that the pros are able to hit the ball, often making classic courses — and even modern courses—a little more than a pitch-and-putt for the longest hitters.
There is a myriad of reasons why golf governing bodies are mulling over changing if drivers specifications to address distance discrepancy. The list goes on from golf ball technology, equipment technology, advancements in agronomic etc. And in the quest to close this gap, various suggestions to reign in the distance pros are hitting the ball have been bandied about with rolling back the ball and/or limiting the equipment in some form leading the way.
One of the more out-of-the-box suggestions for limiting distance has been messing with the golf tee, one of the oldest and seemingly innocuous pieces of equipment used in the game. However, a question was sent to me by a reader to simplylearngolf.com about the impact different tee heights could have on the game. This led me to do some deep digging research on it.
Whenever performing a shot that requires the ball to be held up from the ground, the relative height on the tee – whether it be relatively high or low to the ground – can vary.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, how high your golf ball is teed up has a dramatic effect on where the ball is struck on the face of the club, which actually uses some of the drivers’ forgiving characteristics against it. The shots hit with the 0.5-inch tee launches the ball lower with more backspin and this result into a distance loss.
While distance off the tee is and has always been the critical to gain advantage over the rest of the field. On the other side, 1.5-inch tee produced higher strokes-gained values, fairways-hit percentage and better forgiveness. This is what some real time studies indicates : 👇
What this means for you, however in pretty simple terms : shorter tees produce shorter drives. If you’re looking for more distance off the tee, you could do a lot worse than messing with tee height, even going so far as to incrementally increase the height until you see diminishing returns.
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