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KaPow! The sound of balata meeting steel rings through the air. The small white ball takes off like a fighter plane, rising above the trees. The crowd cheers, and your ball continues to soar, until it finally falls and rolls to a stop, far, far down the fairway. This is your moment, bask in it.
A voice chimes in: "Ahem.I just noticed something." Your smile turns into a grimace. Your competitor, who should now have given up all hope of winning your match game, is always there to spoil your moment. You glance up to see a finger pointing at the wooden tee, still in the ground before you, smoke rising off its cusp.
What could be wrong with the tee? Then you realize what the pointing is about. Five inches further back and you could be triumphantly walking down the fairway - now you have to hit another ball.
Teeing up the ball is one of the easiest rules in golf to follow, though it is frequently broken by the overly eager looking to shorten a 504 yard hole by about an eighth of a yard. The teeing ground is a rectangle marked on one end by the two tee markers and on the other by an imaginary line two club-lengths (of whichever club you choose) back. That's often 40 square feet to play in.
If you tee up the ball inside the box (you may still be standing outside), you will be set to go. If you tee up the ball outside the box, you will be required to hit again (this time from within the box), and, depending on the type of match you are playing, you may incur a two stroke penalty. That's all there is to the rule.
There are a few other important notes about the tee:
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For further details on the teeing ground, take a look at Rule 11 in the Official Rules of Golf. The above article is meant to help clarify some of the basics above the rules of golf. If the above comes into conflict with local rules or the USGA, the latter two should always be taken as correct.