Correct Tee Height for Fairway Woods, Hybrids, Irons
How high should you tee up the ball for your fairway woods, hybrid clubs and irons?
For your driver, please see Driver: Tee Height and 4 Ways to Set up.
Do you ever wonder how high you should tee the ball with your 3 wood, 5 wood or any other fairway woods?
One of the best female golfers in the history of golf, Annika Sorenstam said you should tee the ball so that the half of the ball is above the top of your fairway woods.
Hank Haney who used to be Tiger Woods' coach, said to set the ball so that a quarter of the ball is above the face.
These methods are both correct, and there is no correct answer for every player. It also depends on the type of fairway woods you have.
If you have a deep face fairway woods, you should tee the ball little higher. If you have a shallow face, you might want to tee it little lower.
I have the deep face 3 wood and set the ball about a half inch above the ground.
Your ball flight pattern is also important when determining your correct tee height. If you prefer to fade the ball, you might want to set the ball lower because the fade goes higher in the air.
If you prefer to hit a draw, you might want to tee it higher because the draw goes lower.
I use the same tee height for my 3 wood and 5 wood. But you may want to try lower tee height for your 5 wood than your 3 wood to see if it fits your game.
Generally, you should tee the ball little lower for your hybrids club than your fairway woods.
Hank Haney said you should tee the ball about a half inch above the ground for your hybrid clubs. Because hybrid club has more weight on its sole, you want the weight to get under the ball for more solid contact.
There are hybrid woods and hybrid irons. Hybrid irons are usually easier for direction control. But the shot with hybrid irons goes little lower so you might want to tee it up little higher than hybrid woods.
I see some players teeing the ball just above the ground. But hybrid clubs are very forgiving on the shots being hit below or above the sweet spot. So you should take an advantage of it and tee it up little higher above the ground.
For your irons, you should tee the ball just above the ground. Make sure you have no chance of catching the grass between the ball and the clubface.
Tee the ball so that the ball is above the tip of the grass.
Irons are not so forgiving on miss-hits above or below the sweet spot so you don't want to tee it up too high.
However, with your long irons, you want to tee the ball like your hybrid clubs or a bit lower than that.
- Fat Shots
- Fairway Woods
- Long Iron
- Short Iron
- Pull / Push
- Shots from Rough
- Fairway Bunker