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I usually play the white tees because that is what my group prefers. When I play a new course I use a formula taught to me when I first started playing which is 5 iron distance, 185 for me, times 2 times 18 which comes to 6,660 yards. So I play the tees that come closest to that number. Simple and effective.

 

^^^^^^^^^This^^^^^^^^^^

 

I do that as well.  The guys that I play with tee it up from the whites, so I tee off from there most of the time.  We mix it up once in awhile and alternate tees during the the round.  Its crazy how a short Par 3 @ 80 yards can get into your head sometimes....  :)

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I usually play the white tees because that is what my group prefers. When I play a new course I use a formula taught to me when I first started playing which is 5 iron distance, 185 for me, times 2 times 18 which comes to 6,660 yards. So I play the tees that come closest to that number. Simple and effective.

 

I use roughly the same formula as well, but think of it a slightly different way to account for the possibility of a course with a lower Par. Until I started using this formula, I was always guessing at what a comfortable yardage would be for a par 70 or par 71 since I didn't play them as often.

 

(Par-Putts) x 5-iron distance

 

*Putts will always be constant at 36 (2 putts x 18 holes)

 

For a Par 72 course, this comes out to 36 * 5 iron distance (same as your formula) but if playing a Par 71 course, it would be 35 * 5 iron distance. So for me, the difference in playing a Par 70,71,and 72 would be as follows:

 

Par 72: 36*175 = 6300 yards

Par 71: 35*175 = 6125 yards

Par 70: 34*175 = 5950 yards

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I use roughly the same formula as well, but think of it a slightly different way to account for the possibility of a course with a lower Par. Until I started using this formula, I was always guessing at what a comfortable yardage would be for a par 70 or par 71 since I didn't play them as often.

 

(Par-Putts) x 5-iron distance

 

*Putts will always be constant at 36 (2 putts x 18 holes)

 

For a Par 72 course, this comes out to 36 * 5 iron distance (same as your formula) but if playing a Par 71 course, it would be 35 * 5 iron distance. So for me, the difference in playing a Par 70,71,and 72 would be as follows:

 

Par 72: 36*175 = 6300 yards

Par 71: 35*175 = 6125 yards

Par 70: 34*175 = 5950 yards

 

I never really thought of putting par into the equation but it makes sence. Thanks for the modification.

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I drive it about 250 when I hit it flush and like to play courses from 6000-6600 yards.  I choose the tee that gets me closer to the high end of that range if it's available.  

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I generally like to play the tee recommended for my handicap. (17). Which is usually the white tee. There is a course here in the Denver area, CO National, that had a hybrid of the "Blue and Whites" based on the hole handicap. Thought this was a great idea.

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River Winds in Philly has a recommendation on the first tee box based on average driver distance. I thought that was a nice touch and I wish I had taken a picture of it.

 

Much to my chagrin, I was a candidate for the Blues and not the tips. Even still, it was our first time playing the course so we played the whites to try and get around a little better.

 

I'm glad we did because it was a fun time!

 

 

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I gave up on back tees a decade ago.Im all about challenging myself;However,we have a few holes where a forced carry of 250 is required.Just don't have the firepower in my golf stroke to tackle that at my age.Middle tees to maybe one behind the seniors is fine for me

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Any further and I'll be on the ladies tee . Wish the young bucks would tee it forward - it's fun watching them hit off the back tee into the water on the first hole at our club - but definitely slows everything down

 

 

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Today I played the tips, in October, in the 50s, with wind, on a long course...it beat me up.

 

 

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I play it forward every time I play with strangers, almost no exception. Too many fools playing from the back in my neck of the woods regardless of their distance.

 

In contrary to popular beliefs, teeing it forward is not necessarily makes you shoot lower score or makes the course easier especially for “avg better players”. Better players in general hit consistently longer off the tee and many fairways widest landing area are closer then their landing area so they have to have better control of their drives vs playing from the back and have wider landing zone. I shoot about the same score playing from white or blue. Same goes to some of my friends who play from forward tee with me, their comments were usually “good anlow score round”, not the case they shoot the same score.

 

Playing from the wrong tees also introducing a new problems, the courses retaliate by moving up the blue tees to just about the same as white tees now everyone suffers the consequence of the ego driven idiotic believes that playing from the back would make you look like a player.

 

99% of the time I'm the best player in the 4some and as usual I'd be the only one playing white, luckily I know that some have converted and started playing from the white.

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I play from all tees depending on what the majority of the group plays. Normally it's from the blues but my normal Sunday game is from the whites. Honestly, don't see much change in average score, but there are one or two holes where it makes a huge difference. I will play the tips a few times a year. Sometimes I feel they are easier b/c a lot of the trouble is out of play off the tee. Honestly I don't get why guys play tees that they have no business playing. The game is hard enough. It's no fun to grind every hole. @ddryan were out a couple weeks back and the group in front of us looked miserable playing back. Ruined my day waiting on them every hole.

 

 

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All depends on who I am playing with.  My competitve buddies we always play from the tips. A new to me course, I will play the tips if agreed upon.  Couple golf buddies don't hit it as far or score very well, so we play the whites.  On the course i play the most, I mix it up but generally the tips.  Currently I am playing the whites as the ground is wet and the fairways have no roll.  

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I suppose I tee it forward. I prefer to call it playing from the correct tee. I rarely play the "tips" on any course. I play the tee that most closely aligns with my distances and that usually starts with driver. Sometimes and depending on the yardage on the card; I might even be playing up two. It all depends. My maximum course distance/yardage to play well and enjoy the round is approximately no more than perhaps +- 6500 yds.My sweet spot is more like 6200 yds. Of course many factors can influence these yardages. Elevation and general course conditions such as dry or wet. Is the course relatively flat or hilly. Things like that.

I see far to many guys that play from the incorrect tee and then complain about their rounds. But when they're out there wearing out 5 and 6 iron approach shots all day what can they expect?

Oh well.... to each his own.

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... I played with some guys from Canada in Orlando that did an interesting combo. They played the back tees (6800) for the par 3/5's and played the next tee's for all par 4's (6380). Their thinking was the par 3's were all were within range and they could not reach the par 5's in two anyway so why not challenge themselves to hit 3 solid shots. Several par 4's would have been out of reach with anything but a fairway wood but were now reachable with a hybrid or iron. I thought it was a great idea, especially on unfamiliar courses. 

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... I played with some guys from Canada in Orlando that did an interesting combo. They played the back tees (6800) for the par 3/5's and played the next tee's for all par 4's (6380). Their thinking was the par 3's were all were within range and they could not reach the par 5's in two anyway so why not challenge themselves to hit 3 solid shots. Several par 4's would have been out of reach with anything but a fairway wood but were now reachable with a hybrid or iron. I thought it was a great idea, especially on unfamiliar courses.

 

Most of the courses around here have combo tees on the score card that let you play intermediate distances. A lot of the seniors play the front and middle tees combo. It changes the game a little bit. Groups I play with go with either middle tees or the combo back and middle tees, kind of best of both worlds.

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It depends on who I play with. With my son I play back, but men's league plays forward tees - so I play from there

 

 

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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.

Sounds like your club is a great candidate for a set of combo tees.

 

I'm in an interesting position. I play a fair amount of golf at the local TFT executive course. So I play it from all the way back. On my buddies trip, everyone under 60 plays from the shortest set of tees that's over 6,000 yards. I normally like to play around 6,500 yards, but I'm happy to move a little forward if others in the group want to, just to keep pace of play moving a little better.

 

A grad school buddy of mine was assistant controller for Anheuser-Busch and is a good player, so when we played the River course at Kingsmill, he dragged me back to the tips. I had to play out of my mind to shoot an 80 there. One of the best rounds of my life.

 

My 17-year-old daughter plays the TFT from the back as well. In her high school matches, girls play 85% of the boys yardage, so that's either senior tees or a mens/womens combo. When we play with my dad, my daughter will play the same tees as he does so she can give him grief when she beats him.

 

My 10 year-old daughter plays par 3's from the forward tees, par 4's from where I hit my tee shot and par 5's from about 200 yards.

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I would prefer to shoot a 78 from a shorter set of tees than an 83 from longer tees.   Playing to about 6200 yards is a sweet spot for me and anything above 6500 is way to long.  

 

HardcoreLooper makes a great point about mixed tees.  Unless you are reporting your score for handicap purposes playing mixed tees is a great idea.  My wife usually tries to play about 6,000 yard courses but really struggles if par 4s are 400 yards or more.  For any holes over that length she moves up a tee box.  

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My course has 4 sets of tees, red (ladies) but let's call them red. A lot of male seniors play them, which is great.  Yellow (juniors), White and Blue are the tips. At my driving distance, the Whites leave me with any where from 160 to 140 in, on the Par 4's. The tips would leave me about 15 yards longer respectfully.  I am comfortable from the Whites, so that's what I, and my group play. When the course has tournaments, like scrambles, club championships, and member/guests, and the like, we alternate Whites on the front and Blue on the back. Being a 9 hole course, this mixes it up a little.  I firmly believe, you play the tee box that allows you to enjoy your game.

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