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I used to play forward most of the time, but found that it hurt me more than it helped, so I play back one in front of the tips. 

My problem is that I am really not very good in a very specific range (65-100 yards), and I've found that when I play forward, I am almost always playing those approach shots, while playing back, I'm at 105-125 yards which is a MUCH better distance for me. So this is where I play, and having moved back, my handicap is *finally* trending back to where it was and should be, after having ballooned while playing up.

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As others have said, I pick based on yardage - I am fairly comfortable in the 6200 yard range.  A couple years ago, a friend and I played the blues on a pretty tough course and it seemed like every par 4 was a 4 iron into the green, which got a little tiring, especially since I can barely hit one anymore ;).  The course I just got done playing is pretty short and I would have been comfortable playing the tips, but 2 of our foursome struggle to hit drives more than about 220.

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I play it based on the actual yardage. I won't play less than 6200, won't play more than 6800. On one course I play, 6800 is the blues, on another course 6800 is the blacks. I try to play from 6400-6600 whenever possible.

 

 

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In this situation, I'm assuming that I'm by myself. Playing alone, there's a decent chance you're paired up with another player.

 

When this happens I almost always defer to them. The "blue" tees are my home and I'll play there 10 out of 10 times by myself but the last thing I want to do is force someone out of their comfort zone....especially considering there's a good chance they fall into the same exact scenario Jay set up for us to debate.

 

I've done this a few times and have just as much fun from the white and I do from the blue.

 

 

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Great question!! during our last round, we started from the blues, not fully realizing that there was an amateur qualifier starting just after us. Based on our actually skill, after the amateur 2some behind us caught up, we played from the whites and it was more fun.

I too can hit it far (at times), but playing to my actual skill level with the proper tee box was more fun and better scoring.

 

 

 

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Whatever tee box is closest to 6300 yards

 

 

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I usually go from wherever my group is playing, which is usually the box in front of the tips. If I'm by myself, I'll also go from the same box just for the sake of saving myself potential embarrassment. Some days I'm sure I could shoot well from the tips, but other days I may benefit from playing from the ladies tees [emoji23]

 

 

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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?

Yup. So I play 2 different courses, one more so than the other, because there aren't many other options around here. The one course is literally 3-10 yards different t between the white and blue tees, so it really doesn't make a difference which ones I play.

 

Before I go out I map my game out on FunGolf for the one course. There are only 5-6 holes where it is more than 3-10 yards different, and it actually plays harder at the shorter distance because it dog legs one way or the other and the back tees are dead straight. I hit the same club off the tee on those holes so it really doesn't change a bunch.

 

When you play the same track over and over it's hard not to get in the habit of hitting the same clubs. My game plan is from the tee, whatever happens between the landing spot and the green is a mystery.

 

I have been hitting my 9 iron though. Trying to curb some of the monotony. Going to play some different courses in July. I will still map out a game plan, and depending on if I'm playing well if I stick to it or not.

 

Any of that make sense? Because it hardly does to me.

 

 

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I tend to mix it up a little. But 6,700 yards is about right for me where most of my bag is tested. If its course is less than 6,000 yards then most par-4s are Driver-Wedge, which is fun but doesn't test everything.

 

 

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Yesterday a guy in our game (but different group) was asked why he keeps playing from the back tee. This guy is 60-61 has knee issues and normally shoots in mid to upper 80's. Doesn't hit the ball all that far either. His answer is that he can't play well from the White or mens' regular tee.??? Says his distances are all off if he moves up so he'll stick with the back tee. I didn't even try to go there with any questions or explanations, reasoning, etc. Two others guys he was playing with also play the back tee and they should move up too. I don't really try any more to encourage them to change. Quite frankly I hope they stay back there as I beat them every week while they gripe about their game and losing all the time. I suppose they'd rather hit 5-6-7 iron approaches all day instead 7-8-9 iron and wedges.

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Probably one my biggest pet peeves when people play from the blues and barley make it past the ladies tees on there drive. I understand if you mess up but if you mess up 18 drives it's a long day.

 

 

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I do enjoy an occasional round from the tips but won't ever do it on a course I'm only somewhat familiar with. It would have to be a course I play often enough to truly desire a new approach.

 

 

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I was member of a club that had its annual July 4th "Red, White and Blue " tournament.   It was a four man team event,  the A player played from the tips (Blue), the B and C players played from the regular men's tees (White) and the D player from the Senior tees (Red).   Since I was typically the C player I played the Whites while based on age I could and should play the Reds.

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I have teed forward once or twice before for the heck of it but typically I'll play from around 6500-6800 yards if the course I'm on has something around that. No real reason other then that's what the people I play with do.

 

 

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This past week while on vacation in Kentucky, I played with the Senior Men at the club I grew up on, so it was the first time playing it from the Senior Tees at 5200 yards. Wow! What fun it was, shooting a 42/42:84.

 

Next round was a Pete Dye course (Kearney Hills)so I challenged myself and played the white tees at 6400 yards....did not score well(50/48:98) but enjoyed the challenge.

 

Then, I played the UK Wildcat course with my high school friend and we played the Senior tees at 5000 yards. Now this was a lot of fun as I scored 41/39:80.

 

At home, I play my club at 5500 yards, scoring in the 80's.

 

I am comfortable with the Senior tees at Pebble Creek GC, where you can play when you reach age 65.

 

 

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I'll play it based on yardage as man have said. Last month me and some buddies went to RTJ trail in Birmingham. Buddies got nervous thinking they would ruin the trip by playing to far back so we it mostly at 62-6300. There's a lot of fun to be had playing 6200 yard courses but I prefer to play 65-6800.

 

 

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I generally don't, unless I'm at a course like Mystic Creek in Arkansas that plays 7400 yards from the tips, making the white tees the sub-7000 tees. I try to stick with the high 6000 tee boxes based upon average driving distance. I don't want to hit hybrid or iron off of every tee box, but I also don't want 220+ yard par threes.

My "home" course plays around 6700 from the tees I use, so I look for a tee box that plays a similar length. If at that certain course I play the tips for that length, that's what I do.

 

 

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... I played with 3 Indian gentlemen at Encino in LA last season. Back tees are 6789 yds. These guys probably couldn't break 100 from the most forward tee's. Really nice guys so after 9 and having a very good day at 3 under I asked why they played the back tee's as they were making it much harder than they needed. Their response surprised me. They said they were trying to play as many strokes as they could. They knew they were not very good and were just maximizing their dollar value. They played poorly but quickly and truly enjoyed playing and they did try their best and all 3 shot over 120. 

... I have to admit it actually made sense to me. They were just trying to hit the ball as many times as they could. They never held me up any more than any other 3 golfers and enjoyed their round and I enjoyed their company. 

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