To “Tee” or Not to “Tee”

I get asked this question a lot and its an important one.

I see so many golfers making a mistake with this.

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20 comments on “To “Tee” or Not to “Tee”
  1. Doug says:

    When asked why he tees up on par 3’s, Ben Hogan said, because he plays for money.

    • Tom says:

      When I tee up on a Par-3, I always use a broken tee. The broken tee is naturally shorter, enabling you to get the ball close to ground while it is still teed for perfect contact. The side benefit is when you use a broken tee, you aren’t going to needlessly break a long tee and you don’t have to search for the tee after you’ve hit.

      CJ, I frequently hit my hybrids off the tee and a playing partner noticed I hit the hybrids longer from the fairway than I do from the tee. To confirm this, I used my SkyCaddie to measure the distance from drives and second shots for several rounds and I found the average second shot went 10-15 yards farther than the same club from the tee. Is this because the hybrid is spinning too much off the tee? I know a lot of my hybrid tee shots hop & stop within a foot or two of their landing spot, whereas the hybrids off the fairway hit, bounce and roll.

      • CJ Goecks says:

        thanks Tom for the question. To answer your question my first suspicion would be the consistency of the fairway. The fairways are typically harder and the ball will run more on the fairways. The way to do this is to have someone help you and notice where the ball lands on the fairway. If this distance is the same as on the green then that is your answer. If it is a spin issue then you will notice the height being a lot higher if the spin is higher. Does this make sense? Typically the ball will launch a bit higher from a tee, but if your teeing it down and taking a divot with both shots then you are hitting the shot correctly. Let me know if this answers your question.

        Keep em Long and Straight,

  2. Rich says:


    My divots appear to be going straight down the target line, however my ball flight is typically left of target (sometimes a lot further than is acceptable). I sense that my club is closed at impact. Any thoughts on how to correct this problem. Thanks for all your helpful tips.


    • CJ Goecks says:

      Thanks for the question Rich. The first question would be your grip. Second, are you setting the clubface closed at address? Finally, have someone look at your swing and see where the clubface is at the top. Is it pointed to the sky? If so then the face is closed and would cause this. There are several reasons why, if your grip is correct that the clubface would be closed at the top. Please let me know and lets get this figured out. Looking forward to talking to you soon.
      Keep em Long and Straight,

  3. Rose says:

    I’m new to golf some what, and need some clarification please. Can you explain in plainer English about using a tee on a par 3. Forgive me if I sound dumb but I want to learn the game well. Thank you.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Thanks Rose for the question. using a tee on a par 3 simply means putting the ball on a tee. You should always use a tee to tee the ball up on par 3’s. This makes it easier to hit the ball and your misses will be better than off the ground.

      Keep em Long and Straight,

  4. imran says:

    where should the face of club be pointing in back swing and at the top….should it remain the same way it is, while picking up or it must open and point towards the sky…

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Thanks imran for the question. The clubface should be matching your left forearm or roughly at 45 degrees. If the club is pointing to the sky then that would be a closed clubface.
      Keep em Long and Straight,

  5. Harold says:

    Hello CJ,
    I am a 50 yr old male and i have been hitting with graphite shaft with little distance, if I switched over to Irons will that add to my distance?

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Thanks for the question Harold. yOUr currently using graphite shafts and wonder if you switch to steal will it add distance? The answer is no, but the new clubs definitely go farther. The callaway irons and Taylor made rocketballz are made to go farther and that will help.
      Keep em Long and Straight,

  6. Tjaart Kruger says:

    At age 65 the main cartilage in my left ankle is now almost non-existent and I am NOT going for any kind of operation. This leaves me with severe pain due to the twisting effect down the left leg into the ankle when swinging a club. Has anyone out there have a similar problem and managed to overcome it, even partially? I can ofcourse swing a club softly with hardly any body rotation but I am sure you will agree, that is not playing golf.

  7. mike says:

    I currently have a R11 with a 65 gram stiff shaft, I am looking for a high ball flight and less spin for increased distance. Swing speed is 95-105 mph, 1 handicap, age 55. CJ, do you have any guidance, much appreciated.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Thanks Mike for the question. Obviously with the R11 you can add loft to the face and that will get it to launch higher, but will increase the spin. Mainly you should go see a club fitter. There are so many options with shafts, club heads etc that can be customized to your swing. Where do you live? We can do a google search to find a good fitter near you.
      Keep em Long and Straight,

  8. Allen Togwell says:

    Hi all. Iā€™m 76 from London, England and am unable to fully grip the club with the index finger of my left hand due to rheumatism.
    Any suggestions?

  9. Allen Togwell says:

    Hi again

    I’ve recently started to pull my shots. The ball goes the same distance, and its not a hook, just straight left

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Allen Togwell,
      Thanks Allen for the blog post. First in regards to your finger I wouldn’t worry about it as it isn’t that big of a deal and we can’t really do anything about it other than try bigger grips or graphite shafts to reduce the vibration. In regards to the pull your experiencing than we need to work on getting the club a bit more from inside. I would practice Keeping your back to the target longer in the downswing and also make sure your face isn’t closed at setup. a slightly closed face at setup can cause this pull also. First try opening the clubface slightly at address and see if that helps and secondly try keeping your back to the target longer.
      Keep em Long and Straight,

  10. Darryl says:

    Thanks for the tip! I tried teeing it up very low and it seemed to make me what to hit down in the ball a bit more and I’m making solid contact every time. It has really improved my iron play!


    • CJ Goecks says:

      Awesome Job Darryl!!!! Part of this game is learning how to play. I can give advice, but you must take that advice and practice it and figure it out. As Hogan used to say, the Secret is in the dirt.
      Keep em Long and Straight,

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