Originally Posted by InTheRough
i answered "no" to this poll because i do not like the tee-it-forward campaign applied to myself however i do agree that there are people out there that need to hit from more forward tees just to clear the forced carries. i have tried moving forward to the front set of tees when i was playing with family members who just started out and i did not enjoy myself quite as much because i felt like i was "cheating" by being able to cut 50 yards off of a hole. My family members that i was playing with would not have been able to realistically play from any other set of tees because they can only carry the ball 160 on a solid hit so for them teeing it forward was necessary but i was constantly having to wait for the group in front of us to basically be on the green on most holes because there was too good of a chance that i would hit into them and i felt like i was personally holding up the group behind us (i actually ended up moving back to the second from the back tees-- where i usually play-- for the last few holes).
To me it seems like the tee-it-forward campaign which was a good idea at the beginning has been hijacked by golfers who are trying to shame every high handicapper into playing the way that they think they should be playing. Even though i am a higher handicapper I hit my clubs longer than the average golfer and play at a very fast pace so i see no reason at all to move forward to a different tee because i can clear the forced carries and from the front tees there is less strategy because i can clear all of the fairway hazards by 50 yards from the front tees. Also, even though i may score better, i do not want to hit an iron on every hole--that gets boring very quickly--i want to be able to use every club in my bag when i play including the clubs that area harder to hit consistently. I play the game of golf because i enjoy it, not because i feel the need to go out and beat everyone else's score and unfortunately too many people take these programs too far and move from suggesting that a player play from the front tees because they might enjoy it more, to that they have to play the front tees because they are a high handicapper who is getting in the way of the "real" golfers out there. These types of attitudes exist too much in golf (every golfer has a story about someone who was a complete dick to someone on a golf course) and it is these attitudes that drive people away from a game that is currently struggling to keep its current players and gain new ones
Agreed, that a decent challenge is nice, but using the proper tees for our handicap really provides enough challenge.
This being said, it is fun to play the back tees when there is an awesome view to be had or some other reason. If the course is pretty empty it is really no issue.
However, I have recently played from over 7000 yards, and found it to be more of a "thrill" than a golfing experience. The last 6 holes didn't really provide that much thrill, and it became work. I had to pull a 3W out on the 480 yard straight and level par 4. In the end, I shot a 96 which played to a 17 handicap on those tees (74/133). I prefer to shoot in the mid to high 80s on the proper tees, and find that the longer tees don't really help me achieve the goal of getting down into the low 80's (my dream goal for the year).
I've seen all kinds of people who hit pretty far, but end up on the wrong fairway. Not all fairways are wide and open. This certainly takes time out of the game because two parties need to slow down. My son mentioned to me, recently, that "Golf is meant to played from your own fairway." Instead of shooting from the other fairway, he took a drop. Now, I do the same.
"Tee it forward" is not just for those who hit short, but for those that want to really play golf. Otherwise, you're just doing the long drive thing no matter how much time it takes out of the course. Hence, the 5 hour plus rounds for everyone.
Originally Posted by isukgolf
Moving is up not for everyone ... its a suggestion that many weekend golfers should consider
So moving up removes the strategy ... but you still can not make PAR from the forward tees? Where are you struggling with your game then?
I don't think many people, at the end of the day care with tees you use, if you can get ball out there on the fairway ... and sounds like you do that well ... and I assume in the fairway'ish
I do agree 100% on the above comment, and its the one I use ... if you are going to suk, suk fast and keep the game moving!
Good luck to you!
Moving up is not for everyone, but it is for those who want to play real golf. There are thousands of statistics saying that a so and so handicap should play from a specific set of tees.
If the course is not full and you have a lot of time on every tee, you can play any set of tees you like. However, if it impacts the entire course you should show some restraint and play from the proper tees.
No matter how fast you are, if you end up in a position that requires two parties to slow down even for less than a minute, it slows things down for everyone. Even if it only happens once per hole, each time this happens it could cost a lot more than just 18 minutes delay per round per person. It could bog down the course a lot.
For example, two weeks ago, some people in front of us played the middle tees. They didn't spend that much time per player per shot, but the fact that they took one more shot each caused my party to play 18 minutes per hole. Had they teed it forward they could have avoided 4 minutes per hole, and dropped pace of play down to 14 minutes per hole. This could have brought the round down from a 5 hour 24 minute one down to a 4 hour and 12 minute one.
Remember that each player is only taking 1 minute per stroke (which is pretty fast and reasonable), but that extra stroke each hole costs a lot of time.
Originally Posted by Dave2512
Being a high handicap golfer means the only thing you are consistent with is inconsistency. We hit more poor shots than good ones.