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Interesting results and significantly more than I would have guessed.  I have lowered my tee height in recent years and found it to me more reliable.  I've not measured what my tee height is now but would guess it at 1.25. Much like @cnosilexplained, my AoA works better with a lower tee height and I rarely catch the top anymore.  What really caught my eye however is the significant drop in FIR's... it wouldn't seem accuracy would be influenced that much.

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This winter using the rubber cone tees.   One of them tees the ball higher and noticed the carry increase.   I received some of the Western Birch golf tees and they are lined.  I am going to start using the lines on the tee and try the 1.5 inch height and see the results. 

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I think tee height effects several things, I tee it lower to hit a low cut, and higher to launch it more.  I use my ring finger on my right hand to measure for height consistency. 

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Tee it high, let it fly. I use 3 1/2" inch tees and put just enough in the ground to keep it stable.

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Yep same here. My tees have built in marks (not painted on as I learned those paint marks eventually come off) so I get consistent tee heights. Been teeing with just the tip in the ground with a 3 1/4" tee. Only issue is that my tee goes flying out of the ground and I am constantly looking for it!

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Forget all this talk about tee heights. If the USGA and the R&A want to limit the distance a ball goes, reduce the overall weight from 1.62 ounces to 1.3 ounces. For a better explanation of this get the book "Search for the Perfect Swing" by Alastair Cochran and John Stobbs. There's a complete discussion of this in Chapter 26 entitled "What Flight of What Ball", specifically the paragraphs on pages 170 and 171.

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Tee height plays a difference in distance, but nothing in accuracy. Using a shorter driver is what creates accuracy. I use micro head tees and all are pre marked at the preferred tee height. Limiting tee height is not going to make the game more difficult for pros. 15 yards isn’t much distance lost at the professional level. Second, they already hit the ball at adjusted tee height levels. Look at DJ hitting a 7 Wood 255 yards. Tee height doesn’t make a difference. The USGA doesn’t need to spend time evaluating limiting tee height. 
 

Fact is, golf has more youngsters In the game then ever before. In addition, our own athletic human nature has incorporated physical fitness into golf more than ever before. This is what has led to an increase in distance more than anything. 
 

Make the game harder at the professional level. Make the fairway, rough, and fringe cuts taller. Eliminate green reading books. Make the pace in greens change from hole to hole. Same with fairways. Just at the professional level only. 

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Tee height is critical.  I had a bad driver head and one of the things I tried was lowering the tee height.  As soon as I got my replacement head and teed the ball up higher, my length and accuracy both got better.

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I appreciate the test but would have preferred measure points at every 1/2 inch starting at 1.5.

I saw that a prior poster commented a belief that it made no difference in accuracy but if a lower tee produce more spin than it does make a difference as the test itself suggests.

Where the cutoff point is in regards to tee height matters though. I’d also suspect that optimal heights will vary per player and that club set up might be used to minimize the impact of lower tee heights.

Just some additional thoughts, great discussion starter. So long as the USGA leaves the 99 plus percent alone I really don’t care what they do. I feel there’s a chance of that based on their new CEO.


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I wish the article would've explored additional tee heights. I use the professional tee system 3 1/4" (blue) and previously used the 2 3/4" (yellow).  My longest drives came from the 2 3/4 but I was way more inconsistent - everything from topping to pop-ups to 90 deg slices.  In a perfect world, I'd get with a coach and develop a swing that grooved me hitting up on a 2 3/4" tee.  Longer facilitates up AoA and finds me (a couple of) more fairways... 

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Consistent tee height gives you a controllable that helps eliminate a variable and back in the day day used to play the ball and tee and sink tee until my knuckles touched and today with the tees that have a stop to give you the same height are great tools that you can work from for desired  results 

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I agree with Garwood that it makes sense to buy castle/graduated tees to set your preferred tee height instead of trying to do this using your ring finger etc. They cost the same as normal tees and come in many different heights. I know Pros do not use them but we are not all Pros unfortunately.

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5 hours ago, Tsmithjr9 said:

Tee it high, let it fly. I use 3 1/2" inch tees and put just enough in the ground to keep it stable.

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But this begs the question, is a mere 3" tee height costing you distance?  If the trend is higher = longer and straighter, then those 5" Texas Tee's are more than just a novelty.

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As a higher handicapper, I'm certainly not an expert in this area. However, I would think that tee height by itself isn't the only variable; as ball position and AOA would have an affect as well. The key is to hit the sweet spot.

I tee the ball up pretty high using a 3 1/4" tee and it works for me. 

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I tee it at least 1.5 or 2.0 inches. high handicapper. But that works for me.

 

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For those of you who tee it high, do you ground the driver as part of your set-up routine?  Keep in mind the lab test was conducted with robots and they have no pre-shot routine... unless Tony programmed one in 🤔.  I've been experimenting with not grounding my driver and thus far it just feels odd and the results inconsistent.

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But this begs the question, is a mere 3" tee height costing you distance?  If the trend is higher = longer and straighter, then those 5" Texas Tee's are more than just a novelty.
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For those of you who tee it high, do you ground the driver as part of your set-up routine?  Keep in mind the lab test was conducted with robots and they have no pre-shot routine... unless Tony programmed one in [emoji848].  I've been experimenting with not grounding my driver and thus far it just feels odd and the results inconsistent.

I do as part of my routine - seems to work for me.


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For those of you who tee it high, do you ground the driver as part of your set-up routine?  Keep in mind the lab test was conducted with robots and they have no pre-shot routine... unless Tony programmed one in [emoji848].  I've been experimenting with not grounding my driver and thus far it just feels odd and the results inconsistent.

I’m mostly in the grounded camp. But I have tried to hover the club to from time to time. I also find I can be inconsistent with it.

To make it feel less weird to me I usually set up grounded and right before I start my backswing I’ll lift the head off the ground behind the ball. That way it’s not really “hovering” long.
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