There are no written laws that golf must be played with a particular technique. The player must learn to adopt what is best for him/her. Knowing that there is more than one way to swing a club, allows the player to develop a swing that is best suited for him/her. Where to position the ball falls into this category. Ball placement is a preference and we can only give you suggestions on where to place it. Hitting balls with different ball positions in your stance will give you an idea of which position works best for you, as shown in the image on your right.

Your preferences:

Full shots mean you are swinging the club to full capacity.

When teaching golf to my students, I always suggest to place the ball in the following areas:

1. Play the ball in front of your heel with your driver, woods or long irons #1, 2, 3 or 4 when using a tee.
2. Play the ball slightly back of your left heel with your middle irons #5, 6, 7 or 8.
3. Play the ball in the middle of your stance with your short irons #9, PW (pitching wedge) or SW (sand wedge).

Ball position improves your posture and gives you a better golf swing.

Placing the ball at different areas in your stance will change the trajectory and also the direction
of your shots, as shown in the image above.


Positioning the ball on the tee:

The #1 wood or the driver:

The driver is the longest club in your bag with the least amount of loft on the clubface and is designed to give you the greatest distance when hit properly. It is generally used when teeing off to start a hole where distance is the most important factor. The ball is usually teed up when hitting the driver in order to give it the proper trajectory. The start of a hole is the only time that a tee can be used with any club of your choice, as shown in the image above.

The tee:

The tee can range in length from approximately 1 3/8 inches to approximately 3 1/4 inches, as shown in the image on your right.

How high should I tee up the ball?

Although there are personal preferences as to how high to tee the ball, a rule of thumb is to place the ball on the tee so that half the ball is above the top of the clubhead when the club is grounded, as shown in the image on your right.

Positioning the ball on the tee:

Teeing the ball higher will generally give you a higher trajectory which would be preferable with the wind at your back. Teeing it lower would be preferred when hitting into the wind, as shown in the image on your left.


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Claude LeBlanc
Teaching Golf Professional
PGA of Canada member