Simple tee shot

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cac
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Simple tee shot

Bit of advice needed. Why is it I can hit a ball sitting up an inch or two on the grass  ( light rough )just about every time good distance and right direction. However when i can stand where I want on the tee and put my ball exactly as i wish, I somtimes end up with a fat or a thin or a chunk. Is there an easy thought process that can make the tee shot a bit easier ? CAC.

 

scomac
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Yes, there is a simple

Yes, there is a simple solution:  swing three quarters.  It's simple to say but much tougher to do, but being smooth and deliberate will result in better contact and you will be surprisingly quick to the ball thus resulting in more consistent shots with greater distance.  What you are experiencing is called struggling with the hit impulse.  The ball is sitting there just perfect; subconsciously you just want to smash it!  I struggled with it for years and still need to correct myself from overswinging.

cac
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Thanks scomac will try it.

Thanks scomac will try it. Any favoured tee height? Low or high ? Cac

 

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scomac
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With the driver I tee the

With the driver I tee the ball a half ball above the crown when the club is grounded.  That's lower than a lot of people I see, but I have a neutral angle of attack so I need to keep the ball lower and compensate with the use of a high lofted driver (11.5°).  I also tend to tee the ball low when using clubs other than a driver, but that is what works for me.  With trial and error you will be able to figure out what works best for you.

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I agree a lot with what Sco

I agree a lot with what Sco said.  Try to have a smooth swing.  Sometimes my fist move on the downswing is to 'yank' the driver down trying to kill the ball...that usually causes me to come in too step, hit it heavy or at least hit a weak fade.   But also make sure you're not gripping too tightly on the shaft and that you remain loose. 

the other thing I would do Cac is video your self and see if you're swaying back on the take-away.   if you are, the timing could be off and you're not getting back into position or you're getting too far in front.  I finally realized some of what I thought were "thin" shots were because I wasn't staying "behind" the ball and I'd get my body out front too early and the club was just coming down ON the ball.  So I try now to stay behind the ball at impact.  The other thing to look at the video for is whether you drop down when you swing down on the ball.  You want to try and remain as tall as you start. 

 

 

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Tee height with irons and fairway woods???

Here is what I do when I tee up the ball with my irons and woods. With my woods, I try to tee up the ball so that the ball is at the center line of the wood when the club is touching the ground. That give me the best chance to hit the ball in the center of the club face when I make a good swing and just Brush the grass with the club head.  With my irons, I try to tee up the ball Just Above the ground. This means that I have ONE condition in terms of ball position for when the ball is teed up and when it's sitting on the short grass of the fairway. The way I see it is that if I have TWO conditions I have to have TWO swings for hitting my iron shots, One for when it's teed up and one for when it's not. I like to cut down on variables as much as I can. so teeing the ball up LOW with my irons eliminates one of those variables and I'm left with one ball height for both my tee shots and my approace shots from the short grass. This may NOT be ideal for ALL golfers, but it's been my method ever since I started to play this crazy game, and it works for me pretty well most of the time. In my book, the less variables you have to deal with the More consistant you can be. And more consistancy means better golf more often than not.

Don

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