When Can You Use A Tee in Golf? (Overview)

The game of golf and the different rules that are out there can be difficult to understand.

Of course, if you are beginner, we want to help you in your journey and provide answers to many of the questions that golfers have.

We want you to feel comfortable heading to the course and ready to play your round of golf.

When Can You Use A Tee in Golf?

A golfer can use a tee on the first shot of every hole.  The golfer will tee up their ball equal to or up to two club lengths behind the two tee markers.

The golfer cannot use a tee once they leave the teeing ground after the first shot.  The only other time they can use a tee again is if their ball is lost or hit out of bounds and the rules require the golfer to hit the tee shot again.

When a golfer arrives at the course, they should carefully select what tee box they are using and play a yardage that is suitable to their distance.  The goal is to pick a tee box that helps make the game fun and allows the golfer to experience some success.

Too often golfers pick a tee box that is too long, leading to a frustrating 5 hour round that is no fun.  Instead play a tee box that allows you to have some fun and some success!

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The golfer should carry several to a handful of tees in their pocket or in their cart and be ready when they arrive at the tee box.  

Tee the ball lower with an iron. See below for more details!

When Should A Golfer Use A Tee?

The golfer should use a tee on every first shot for the 9 or 18 holes.  Even on short par 3s where the golfer is hitting an iron, the golfer should tee the ball slightly above the ground.  The golfer should 100% of the time take advantage of the opportunity to use a tee.

Too often we see high handicap golfers just throw the ball down on the teeing ground on par 3s.  Often the tee boxes can have plenty of divots and have some slight hard pan.  Use the tee when you are allowed and take advantage of this rule in golf!

Your shots will be better and you will have less “chunked” shots.  The tee is your friend and should be used whenever allowed by the rules of golf.

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What Height Should I Tee My Golf Ball At?

With the driver, the equator of the golf ball should be around the top of the driver.  This will encourage the golfer to hit the ball on the upswing with the driver.  With a tee, the golfer will want to have the ball slightly above the ground, but not too high.

When a golfer is hitting a fairway wood or driver the golfer will want to hit the ball with several degrees of launch angle.  This helps maximize the distance of the shot as well as have an optimum launch angle and spin rate.  If the ball is too low and the golfer is hitting down with the driver, he or she will lose distance with the shot.

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Are You Allowed To Use A Tee in the Fairway?

No, the golfer is only allowed to use the tee on the first shot of the hole from the tee box.

However, I would suggest that beginner golfers, especially juniors or those with a really slow swing speed, consider using a tee throughout the round of golf.

With beginner golfers the goal is to learn how to hit the ball in the air and a good distance.  Too often golfers struggle to get the ball in the air and quit the game before they really had a chance to have fun.

The rules are meant to be broken for the beginner golfer that is just starting the game.  Trying to play by the exact rule book will destroy the game for the golfer.  We all want golf to sustain and for others to enjoy this amazing game we are fortunate enough to play.

Give yourself a break if you are a beginner and get the confidence of hitting the ball in the air, even if it requires you to use a tee.

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Make sure you select your target, line up properly and let it fly with the driver! Need more distance? See the BONUS TIP below!

Should You Use A Tee With An Iron?

Yes, you should use a tee whenever the rules of golf allow you to.  With an iron the golfer will want to tee the ball lower than compared to a driver.  Many times a golfer will use a broken tee and set up the ball just slightly above the grass.

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BONUS TIP: How To Hit the Ball Further!

Let’s face it, we all want to hit the ball further!  The good news…there is a way to increase your driver distance that doesn’t include spending $500 on a new driver.

You can train for speed and get some amazing results with SuperSpeed Golf.  It worked for me and I believe it can work for many (especially if you make a commitment and actually use it)

I believe many used to believe, well this is just how fast I can swing.  

Recent training tools have started to change many minds.  We have seen many of the professional golfers get longer and longer with their tee shots as a result of additional swing speed.  You will find many touring pros using the SuperSpeed System, which I highly recommend.

SuperSpeed Golf is one option to increase your swing speed through a science based overspeed training approach.  In simple terms, you train by swinging a lighter club (20%) faster than you swing your driver.  Over time, by training at a higher speed, your mind and body feel safe to swing that fast with your normal driver, resulting in an increase in driver swing speed.

The SuperSpeed System provides 3 different weighted sticks and takes the golfer through a training protocol every other day for about 15 minutes.  The golfer can expect to see a 5-8% increase in swing speed, resulting in 20-30 yards for most golfers.  The great news is that the 5-8% can be expected as early as the first training session.  The additional speed will become more permanent after about 30-60 days of training.

My own experience has been an increase of 7-10 miles per hour on average from between 98-101 all the way up to 106-109.  My goal is to hit the PGA Tour average of 113 mph in the coming months.  I will continue to train every other day and watch in amazement as I am hitting drivers longer now than ever before!

Phil Mickelson has been known to increase his swing speed in the past year or so and is close to 120 miles per hour in his swing speed.  There are potential results for golfers of all ability levels and age!  

Check the current price on SuperSpeed Golf System, here!

Original Swing SpeedAfter 4-6 WeeksNew Carry DistanceTotal Distance

Take Action – What You Can Do Today to Get Better

What does this mean for you?  I believe in the following recipe to get better:

1 – Improve your motion in the golf swing by identifying a golf instructor.  Here are some options:

Here is a list of golf instructors that we have reviewed:

2 – Train to swing faster and improve your swing speed.  Here are some options:

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3 – Understand course strategy and work to break through your next barrier.  Here is a series on breaking through:

We have provided guides on how to break 100, 90, 80 and 70. Check out more below, if interested.

4 – Practice Frequently

Did you know that I build a golf simulator in my garage and have played over 500 rounds of golf on my SkyTrak system?  It has been a game changer and one worth checking out. Here are some of my other posts on golf simulators frequently asked questions:

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