Rule 20-1. This rule states that a ball must be marked before it is lifted. You could mark your ball with the tip of a golf umbrella, the shaft of your 5-iron or a tee and it would not violate the rules of the game unless the marker itself caused “mental interference.”
Typically, a ball is topped because the club has not gone far enough down towards the ball or you catch the ball on the way up, instead of at the bottom point. A lot of things can cause this to happen: A club that’s too short. An awkward stance.
New Rule: Under Rule 14.1b: The player’s caddie is allowed to mark and lift the player’s ball on the putting green any time the player is allowed to do so, without needing authorization. The caddie continues to be allowed to replace the player’s ball only if the caddie was the one who had lifted or moved the ball .
His marker of choice: a Milwaukee Inkzall. During the Q&A between Woods and LaCava, the looper mentioned his boss has an affinity for a particular type of writing utensil. “You have to have a Milwaukee sharpie versus just a regular sharpie,” LaCava said.
Getting the right driver tee height can potentially add serious distance to your drives. It sounds like a gimmick, but it’s not. Many golfers go to extremes with their tee height , and either go too low or too high.
The forward ball position shifts the shoulders open to the target, which leads to an out-to-in swing and usually a slice. Standing too far from the ball pulls the upper body downward, leading to a compensating stand-up move through impact, another common cause of the slice.
If you’re hitting crooked drives, an adjustment to tee height can straighten your shots. Slicers swing down too steeply at the ball, creating too much backspin and sidespin. Teeing it lower will keep the club more in front of your body on the downswing, helping you swing to the ball on a straighter path (above, left).
Most players use a shorter shaft in their three – wood , which will offer greater control and consistency of impact on the face. Most players swing the driver faster, and the ball tends to go farther, so offline shots will go even farther offline with the driver.
Most pro golfers will always use a tee – even if they are playing an iron . Teeing the ball up is an advantage (ie, there are no slivers of grass to get between the ball and club when teed) so most use that to their benefit.
You can use a tee not to exceed 6 inches anywhere on the fairway or rough. This rule gives you a better chance of striking the ball without dribbling the ball a few yards away. ( You probably notice how the professionals take a divot most of the time they strike the ball on the fairway .)
Hitting the ground before the ball can have many causes. Among them are: 1) Hanging back or fall back with your weight onto your rear side through impact. 2) Releasing the club too soon.