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On par 3's should you tee the ball up or is it o.k. if you feel comfortable hitting without one?
--Jeff F. from Aurora, IL

Hi Jeff. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com.

There is no need to tee the ball up on par 3s if you are a player that hits down on the ball with clean contact, takes a divot, compresses the ball and creates spin. Many low handicappers prefer to hit the ball off the ground or even make a little ground tee by banging the front edge of their iron into the turf forming a little mound. This is because they are proficient at hitting down and catching the ball in the sweet spot (low in the face). Teeing it up makes them tend to hit too high in the club face. Which results in ballooned or fluffy shots.

For the average player and really for most players in general having that little extra edge by using a tee can be beneficial. If you make a not so great swing, it gives you that extra room for error and you can still get the ball to the green. Hitting it fat with no tee will leave you short every time.

I hope this helps!

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