Choosing the Right Ball and Teeing Off at the Right Height
The choice of golf balls available today can be bewildering to say the least to the novice golfer and one thing that causes more mistakes than perhaps anything else when it comes to choosing a golf ball is its compression rating. In most cases novices believe that a tightly wound ball with a high compression rating will give them the greatest distance, but this is not the case and indeed the opposite is often true.
When choosing a golf ball you need to look for a ball with a rating which matches your swing and the general rule is that the slower your swing is the lower the rating should be. The reason for this is somewhat technical but, in simple terms and up to a point, the more your club head flattens the ball on impact the farther it will fly and the degree of flattening achieved is very largely dependent upon the power of your swing.
Golf ball manufacturers apply a compression rating to their balls with softer balls having a low score and harder balls a high score up to a maximum of 100. In most cases you will find that the long hitting professionals will use a ball rated at the top end of the scale between 95 and 100 while the majority of professional golfers will choose something a little below this figure in the range of 90 to 95. For the average golfer however a rating of between 75 and 90 is probably the right choice with high handicap, soft swinging novice golfers doing best with a ball coming in between 60 and 75.
It might be nice to believe that choosing the same ball that Tiger Woods uses will yield the same results for you but this is not going to be the case and you will need a lot of practice before you will get anywhere near the same performance from your choice.
So, having chosen the right ball the next question to ask is just how high should you tee the ball?
The simple answer is that you should tee your ball so that when your club head is resting on the ground half of the ball is showing above it. And, most importantly, having found the correct height you should always tee the ball at the same height.
Now some people will tell you that you should vary the height of the ball according to the conditions of the course. For example, if the fairway slopes downhill you should tee the ball low and if it slopes uphill you should tee the Ball pit for kids high. This is not correct and you should always set the ball at the same height regardless of the contour of the course.
Having said all of this, there is one exception to this rule and this applies when you are playing into a wind of any reasonable strength. In this case you should always tee the ball low and hit it low to get the best distance and to control the direction of flight.