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Hello, my name is Conan Elliott, and I'm Director of Instruction for Teacher of Champions Golf Schools here at Camas Meadows Golf Club in Camas, Washington. Today, we're going to talk about the iron tee shot. Well, when you're hitting an iron off the tee one of the biggest things I see with my amateurs when we play in Pro Ams and stuff and just when we're out playing is they tee it much too high. They get the ball way too high up in the air like that. What happens is the golf club if he swings correctly, hits clear up on the top part of the golf club, the very weakest part of the club so they don't get much power into it. We still want the club to hit here. All we're doing with a tee on an iron shot is trying to get a perfect lie. Well a perfect lie is just right there almost on the ground, maybe with an iron slightly above the ground. So, we're going to tee that much lower so that the ball is just sitting perfectly and that's all you've done is improve the lie rather than try to have it teed high so you can flick it off there. We still want the club to catch the ball on the down swing, going down into the ball. It will catch the ball then continue. We should take a little divot just after the golf ball. So we should have a downward flow, just like we do if it's sitting on the ground. All you're doing with your tee is trying to improve the lie, not to build a big tall high lie. Let's see what that should look like. Ball placement stays the same on any other iron shot. You make your same swing where we strike it on a downward flow. There the club caught the ball which was sitting right here so it caught the ball first, the ball was gone, the club continued down, took the divot and on down the line, just as if that ball had have been sitting on the ground. This is Conan Elliott, and that's how you hit iron tee shots.