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Alright forum members, here is the situation: You wake up in the morning, check the forecast really quick and the weatherman calls for clear skies and 75 degrees, with only a gentle breeze of 0 - 5 miles an hour expected for the day. Pristine golf weather. And the rest of the week calls for rain, rain and more rain - you can't let an opportunity like this pass you by! So you call in to the office because you are *cough* *cough* "under the weather" *sniffle* *sniffle*, and then start making the rounds scouring golf now and the internet for a tee time. You find a course you have played a couple times, not a ton, but you remember it being a decent track and are pretty pumped to play it again. So you throw on your favorite golf polo and comfiest golf shorts (or pants, if 75 degree weather is pants weather for you crazy people in Arizona, California, etc.), eat a hearty breakfast, throw your clubs in the trunk of your car and head off to the course. You get to the course, pay the green fee and head off to the first tee box. It's moment of truth time gentlemen (and ladies, but mostly gentlemen in this case) - what tee box are you attacking the course from, and is this the box you should actually be going to battle from?

 

Personally, I used to play from the tee box just in front of the tips most of the time (generally the blue tee boxes on the courses around me). And I generally played there for the following reasons:

 

- When I started golfing, most of the people I played with always played from the blue tees. So I just got used to playing from those boxes.

 

- I can hit the ball pretty far. I am not tour pro long or anything like that,but for average joe golfer I can get the ball out there pretty good, so I thought that was the spot for me.

 

- It is an ego thing. I think I should be able to play from that distance and do it well.

 

- Blue is a much more manly color than white.

 

What I have realized though is that even though the blue tee boxes generally don't make the course too long for my game, I should probably spend more of my time teeing off from the white tee boxes (or the boxes one set behind the ladies tees if your course uses a different coloring system). Why is that? I score way better (and who doesn't have more fun when the score looks good!) Not sub par or low 70's better, but I can generally keep things in the low to mid 80's from there. I also don't have to hit as many shots with long irons or fairway woods to get home on holes, which limits the duffs and skulls and other nonsense I generally rack up throughout the round, which just makes the round more frustrating it needs to be. Golf is hard enough as it is! I also feel better about my pace of play. I don't feel like I am holding people up as much, searching for balls on wayward shots when my swing gets a little handsy, and when I hit a fat shot I am already closer than I was if I were playing from further away. I think the people playing behind me appreciate it more, as I know I get frustrated and out of rhythm when the group in front of me is clearly playing from the wrong tee box and slowing things down to a halt (I am looking at you banana ball slicer who only gets a FIR hitting the fairway of another hole but continues to tee it up from the back boxes).

 

So now I most courses I find myself playing from a hybrid set of tee boxes throughout the round, mixing it up between the white boxes and blue boxes. If the hole is too short, I back up a set, but I am not too proud to enjoy the game like it is meant to be enjoyed. What about the rest of you out there. Do you think you honestly play the right set of tees most of the time, or are you playing from further back than you should be playing?

 

Also, earlier I said this post was mostly for the gentlemen as I have yet to encounter a group of ladies teeing up from too far away for their game. In my experience, it appears those that can play from further back know it and do, and others tee it forward where they are comfortable playing from. But would love everyone to weigh in and give their opinions.

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My blitz group (seniors) goes by this format:

 

under 70 = white tees

70 - 75 = senior tees

75+ = forward tees

 

It's a fair system in my opinion and everyone seems to enjoy it.  I do think if a person has an ailment or injury, they should play as far forward as necessary to enjoy their game. 

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I change it up. Blue one week, White the next, then a mix, then a few forward tees. I usually only play one course, so I do this to "change the look" of the course.

 

But if I haven't played a course before I go for full dumb a$$ mode and play the blacks(tips) and generally shoot a poor score. Maybe I will write that down in my game plan book. (DONT PLAY FROM THE BACK, Jack!!)

 

 

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I usually play the white tees. My league is from the whites, so I just play those most of the time. I would rather play from the blues.... I'm between clubs a lot less.

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If I'm by myself, I play from the tips. If I play with other person, I always just play whatever they feel comfortable with. I like the tips, I hit it pretty long and feel I get a better game with the length.

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I generally do as dang3rtown does. If I'm out with my mom and/or gf, I'll play the forward tees. If I'm by myself I've dabbled from the tips, but usually I play from one set forward of the tips

 

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I used to play the tips when I was younger and had a nice long drive. Now days, getting older, back surgery, two bad hips and 1 bad knee, so I play the whites (1 behind the senior tees). I should be playing the senior tee's for my distance but, can't bring myself to move up yet. Even though I should, I would feel guilty being I'm not 60 yet.

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If I went by my handicap and lack of length I should play the whites and I tend to score better and have more fun from those tees, the problem is I'm a member of a very active Men's Golf Association that has one to 2 events a month and a weekly 9 hole event during the summer months and their rules are if you are under 60 then you play the blues.

 

So I play the blues 99% of the time so I can practice from there.

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I usually play the whites, it's a confidence thing if you can hammer it down the fairway and get on in 2 why not. The only thing better about the blues, I feel is I have a better full approach shot. I'm not good at backing off on shots.

 

 

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My weekly groups plays from the blues normally but once a month we alternate to the whites or back to the tips. Just trying to switch things up every now and then. We also play the day before Christmas Eve from the red tees.

 

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I change it up. Blue one week, White the next, then a mix, then a few forward tees. I usually only play one course, so I do this to "change the look" of the course.

 

But if I haven't played a course before I go for full dumb a$$ mode and play the blacks(tips) and generally shoot a poor score. Maybe I will write that down in my game plan book. (DONT PLAY FROM THE BACK, Jack!!)

 

I don't understand Alan. 2 weeks ago in the course strategy thread you claimed to _never_ hit your 9-iron because you _always_ play your home course in the exact same fashion.

 

https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/19974-course-strategy/?p=298713

 

Genuinely not trying to poke and prod, but for better or worse I read every forum post from every member and have the memory of an elephant. So perhaps you could clarify for all of us... Which is it?

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I'm a tipper playing alone or when the group is game but will also happily follow majority rule.

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My course is a little different.  Our Blue tees are everyone else's White tees, and the White tees are the senior tees.  I play from the Blues, but have played from the Whites.  The "rule" at my club is Age + Handicap = 90 or more; play from the Whites.  The way my game is going lately, I'll be playing from the Whites by the end of the year!!  BTW, my wife plays from either the Red tees or White tees.

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I like to play whichever tees will make the course the most fun for me. That doesn't mean I'm looking for easy scores, but I want to have a chance at going for some the Par 5's in two and I don't want all of the Par 3 to be

 

Some courses that means I'm playing from the back tees, but there are plenty more courses where I'm playing from the 2nd or 3rd furthest back - maybe even less on very select courses.

 

In my experience there aren't many courses in my immediate area that I can't play from the tips, but they simply aren't as much fun. I score around the same, but I have no chance at going for it in two on a par 5 and some of the par 3's can play like a short par 4. It's all about the enjoyment for me.

 

I've always told myself that if I start shooting

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Ours go from red, blue, golden, white and black (tips)

 

Default tees here are red for ladies, blue seniors and golden for gentlemen. When playing for fun with friends, will do golden. When I play with lower handicappers or competitive rounds, then might go white. Never played black.

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Now that I have a bad back I look for tees in the 5700-5900 range, I used to look for tees in the 6100-6200 range just 2 1/2 short years ago.  The combination of the bad back and I will turn 70 this year are taking a toll on my distance.  195-215 is pretty much my driving distance now. 

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The issue at my club is the blue tees are over 6700 yards and the whites are just under 6109... to me that's too big of a gap.

 

Just for fun I played the whites this afternoon....shot 81...longest club into a par 4 was a 7 iron, but most were 8 or 9....it's so much more fun to shoot a good score and to be able to go for the pin with a 9 iron in my hand instead just trying to hit the green somewhere with a 4 hybrid.

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I think you should play the tee that you have the most fun on. Each tee should have its own slope rating so you handicap will adjust accordingly. I knew a guy that could drive the ball 300+ yards dead straight every time. He always played from the white tees tho and could barely break 95. I've seen him drive a par 4 and proceed to 4 putt for bogey. Heck of a guy the have on your scramble team though.

 

Long story short if people are giving you crap about which tee you are playing from maybe it's time to find a new group. It your money you spent, you should have the most fun you can.

 

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Like Chisag and others.... I choose my tee by the yardage. At my home course I play from the men's white tee. Our back tee is Blue. When I travel to another course I pick my tee from the card based on yardage. I played from the back tee at my home course for probably two years too long. When I finally moved up I too a lot of ribbing. But guess what has happened? Most of the guys have now moved up with me. Heh!

Sure there are still a few guys I play with and in my age group (62) that ought to give up the ghost and make the change but they haven't. Fine with me.

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