Originally Posted by PDilyard
Obviously, hitting off the tee is a lot easier than hitting off the ground,
It's a silly game and nothing is ever "obviously" in the activity. I'm your exception to that statement:
I 'tee off' all my iron shots by just putting the ball on a flat spot with firm grass. Hitting off a tee invariably goes with a crappy hit. But just off the turf is great.
Hybrids? about 50/50, I just as well just place it on a nice spot and use no tee at all.
Fairway woods? pretty much good contact either way, but usually straighter also when just set down on good turf.
I'm sure it's all mental.
If I'm trying to experiment, I'll tee all these so very low with a broken tee so that it's still a shot off the grass. Lately, I'm just setting it without as that's doing fine.
In all cases, I've tried to tee it up, and just tee it so it appears to be a perfect lie on the grass. Still much better, in general, to just set it straight on the grass.
(in all cases, none of this applies to crappy courses with bare and dried out tee boxes)
All my doctor recommended was to do some rotator cuff exercises, which seem to be helping.
Great book with preventative exercises - "The Seven Minute Rotator Cuff Solution". Absolutely excellent. Great workouts and anatomy discussion. Used copies are very expensive, but I believe on the internet there are scanned copies available now that the copyright period is expired.