In my past few articles, I have talked about making the game more fun and having achievable goals. Most beginners go out on a golf course for the first time and are overwhelmed by the distances of the holes.
As I mentioned in the Operation 36 article, it is important to start close to the green and achieve success.
The USGA recommends playing the course from tees that align with your driving distance. After years of study, measuring of levels of players, a direct correlation has been found between the distance a player can hit a driver in the air (carry distance) and the other clubs in their golf bag.
Golfers can speed up play by using tees that provide the greatest playability.
A quick and easy formula to find the distance you should be playing from is to take your average driver distance and multiple it by 28. Knowing the length of your drive will help you estimate how far you hit your other clubs.
For example, if my average distance with my driver is 150 yards then I should be playing a course from a distance of approximately 4,200 yards.
If you are not sure of your average drive, start at the 150 marker on par 4s and par 5s and play the par 3s from the front tee. If you can shoot double bogey from that distance, then you can move back to the 200-yard marker.
Remember, there is no shame in teeing it forward.
Eagles Pointe Golf Club just installed “family tees” for people who average 140 off the tee. This encourages parents and children to play together. The total distance is 3,815 yards; they have special scorecards you can use.
Other courses in the community that have family tees are Shipyard in Hilton Head and Parris Island in Beaufort. You can call them for their course distances.
Jack Nicklaus said, “I love the game of golf but I will be the first to tell you that there are things about our game we need to improve. USGA has come up with ways to make the game more attractive and enjoyable. ‘Tee it Forward’ will help families around the country enjoy the game.”
Remember that golf is a game that should be fun, and playing from tees that are too difficult for your game will just make your day on the golf course miserable. ‘Tee it Forward,’ and I guarantee that your round will be more enjoyable.
Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at local courses. firstname.lastname@example.org; golfdoctor jean.com