By Mark Hackett, Director of Instruction, Old Palm Golf Club Did you know that the height you tee up the ball affects how far you drive it?Â Itâs true. Research using larger-headed drivers (460 cc) shows that balls fly farther when struck slightly above the center of the clubface. Thatâs because the ball leaves the clubface at a higher launch angle with less spin, which maximizes distance. When balls are struck below the center, the clubface de-lofts, increasing backspin and producing shorter drives. So try teeing up your ball with half of it above the top of the clubface when the club is soled on the ground. You may need to experiment from this position, remembering the goal is to hit high line drives with your driver.