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Tee It Up!
I know a lot of us golfers have headed
up the main drive to the golf course, in anticipation of hitting
the big golf ball off the tee. There are four main procedures
that we all seem to overlook at times. Hitting the big one,
or launching it off the tee has four important steps to consider
before we let the golf ball fly.
Tee it up! Why would golfers risk taking a divot with a driver?
The risk reward is far greater if you have the ball sitting
slightly off the grass. Sure you will get a lower trajectory
ball flight, but the chances of taking some grass with it
are greater. When you have just air between the clubface and
the golf ball, the club head speed will be far faster than
having grass in between. Tee it up and let it fly?
Alignment on the tee box is very important. I know a lot of
golfers have been fooled, including myself by the layout and
design of the tee box. The architect purposely designed the
golf course in such a way, that you have to think before you
act. Nothing more discouraging, than launching the big one
off the tee in the wrong direction, sometimes you will find
the tee box facing southwest, and the fairway is heading southeast.
To avoid this directional hazard, one must stand behind the
golf ball and look down the fairway, and not down the tee
box. Another foolproof method would be to address the ball
with the club head behind the golf ball looking down the fairway
and stepping into position. Once your aiming in the right
direction, go ahead and launch it off the tee box!
I would like to think the third important procedure, would
be to plant your feet. I donít know how many times we have
stepped into the ball and only to find out that our footing
has gave away below us, especially on early mornings because
of the dew on the grass or wet weather conditions. Have you
ever seen a golfer waggle at address? It may seem like a long
ritual, but it works. Planting your feet wil keep the upper
portion of the body steady for a good liftoff.
The other important procedure, is keeping your head still.
Have you ever watched Jack tilt his head up slightly and steering
directly behind the ball, before liftoff? His head is locked
into position. Iíve personally have tried lifting my head
slightly. I find by doing so, it leaves a little more room
for shoulders to turn freely through the upper coil of the
body. Keeping your head steady is the key indicator as to
where the clubface has to return for impact. In having a steady
head will avoid a lot of guessing as to where the ball is
at impact. Lock your upper portion of the body in place by
starting with a steady head and let her go!
With the ball teed up, right direction, a steady head and
feet planted, the golf muscle memory will take care of the
The Author learned how to golf as a caddie, and played
the game for 20 - 25 years. Now running a tee time site at