Alignment on Tee Box
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I wouldn't let the alignment of the tee box get to you. As long as you tee behind the line, just forget about the alignment of the markers. The problem could just be mental. I've had a fair share of muni courses align oddly, but I think they should know better than that. Could be that the groundskeepers know how to maintain the course, but don't really care about the game of golf.
Thanks for the advice. I believe it's all mental because I get very odd tee shots when I have to aim left or right but when the fairway is straight ahead I seem to hit most fairways. It just feels odd when the fairway is not straight ahead. People say when you want to hit a fade put the ball on right side of market but for some odd reason I hit a better shot when I tee it on the left side....not sure why.
I feel your pain with the misaligned tee box - it definitely gets into my head and I walk up to address the ball less confident than if the tee box is aligned right. I like the idea of focusing on the direction of the front shoulder. What I've normally done is to use a practice swing to see where the button of my pants is pointing to check my aim or use the club face itself to aim. Neither really work when the tee box feels off.
The former but I've tried both. It's like using an alignment stick on every tee box. To this day I've never seen another golfer do this but me. I've of course read of other members here doing it, and I've seen it once on TV ( I saw Brett Waldman do it at Q-School in 2010), but never in person.
I should really try this. I don't like doing it on the greens, although I know most do, because of how precise you have to be while lining up and I'm afraid if I'm off by 1/4 of a degree I've missed the putt before I struck it. (Assuming I read it right)
But on the tee, there is a little more room for error, so I think I'll give this a try.
Thanks for the tip!