Where Should Golfers Over 50 Tee the Golf Ball

Golf tee position for golfers over 50

Teeing the Ball for Golfers Over 50 and Senior Golfers

If you are a golfer over 50, the older you get, the more you need to pay attention to the position you tee the golf ball in. Especially with the driver, teeing the ball in the wrong position will affect how far the ball goes, how high it launches, which direction it goes, and where the spin will take the ball.

You need distance! But not only distance, you want straight distance so you can hit easier approach shots from easier lies.

You know from your experience, that hitting clean approach shots from 130 yards and in is an enjoyable and relaxing day on the golf course. And taking money from your buddies makes it that much sweeter. Where you tee your golf ball is a big part of being able to drive the ball to those premium spots to setup easy approach shots.

How High Should Golfers Over 50 Tee the Golf Ball

If you are a golfer over 50, you may not be driving the golf ball as far as you used to due to a slower swing speed. Having a slower swing speed not only reduces the speed that the golf ball travels, but also decreases the carry and height of your drives. This means that you will lose additional distance unless you increase the loft of your drive.

A quick way to maximize your distance with a slower swing speed is to tee the ball up a little higher. To maximize your distance, tee the ball up so that up to 2/3 of the golf ball is above your driver head.
how high should seniors tee the ball

Teeing the ball a little above the sweet spot will help you with several things.

  1. First, the ball will launch at a higher angle and carry further in the air. This is essential for golfers with slower swing speeds.
  2. Second, with the ball sitting higher, you have a higher chance of sweeping the ball on the upswing. This will also increase your launch angle and decrease back spin.
  3. Third, hitting the golf ball higher up on the face of the driver will decrease backspin to increase carry and roll.
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Launch angle compared to tee height on a 10 degree driver

The possible downside of teeing the ball higher is that the ball will contact the driver slightly above the sweet spot. As a result, you will lose some ball speed when compared to the ball hitting the middle of the sweet spot.

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of research that indicates which one is better for your game. If you use a driver with a higher loft (12.5 to 15 degrees) and tee the ball at a normal height you will get the same launch angle with higher ball speed. But, you will have more backspin on the ball.

In either case, you should be sweeping the golf ball at a slightly ascending angle as opposed to a descending strike with an iron.

In either case, you should be sweeping the golf ball at a slightly ascending angle as opposed to a descending strike with an iron.

If this is new to you, be aware that there is a right way and a wrong way to accomplish this. You need to pay attention to your weight shift. The common mistake is keeping your weight on your back foot to try and launch the ball up into the air. You need to make sure that you are transferring your weight to your front foot in your downswing. For more on that, you can review this article: Weight Transfer

How High to Tee the Golf Ball in Conditions

On calm days and/or when the fairways are soft, you will squeeze out the most distance by teeing the ball higher to maximize your carry. However, teeing the ball high when the wind is into you will cost you a lot of yards.

If you are hitting into the wind, tee the ball lower to keep the ball under the wind. For golfers over 50, the lowest you should tee the ball is so that the top of the ball is slightly higher than the top of the clubface.senior golfers and tee height

In addition, the common advice given to golfers over 50 to increase their distance is to hit a draw. A draw will increase your roll out but be aware that a draw often decreases the carry on a golf ball. So if you are hitting a draw, you need to compensate by teeing the ball higher or using a higher lofted driver.

Where Shoulder Golfers Over 50 Tee the Ball

As with all golfers, the longer the club you are using, the further forward you should tee the ball in your stance. However, there is a caveat to this if you are a golfer over 50.

The older you are, the more likely it is that you are less aggressive with your through swing than you used to be. You may not transfer your weight as powerfully as you used to and this can cause some problems if you tee the ball too far forward in your stance.

Instead, you should tee the ball further back when hitting your longer clubs. This is not a drastic change, but teeing the ball about a half a ball length back from where you used to tee it will improve your contact and distance control.

Generally speaking, if you are over 50 and hitting a driver, you should tee the ball up so that it is aligned with the inside of your left heel. Where as a golfer with a powerful move will derive the greatest benefit from teeing the ball aligned with the inside of their left toe.

Isn’t it nice when you can make a noticeable difference in your golf game by changing something as simple as how high and where you tee the golf ball!?!

Dr. Ryan York, DPT CGS
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Golf Performance Specialist

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