The only time I play the tips is when I'm alone, when I'm behind a group and trying to play slow, when I'm trying to work on my long irons/hybrids/fairway woods and short game - I like to see how I perform in the "back" tees to remind me that I have to be able to hit every club in the bag, not just driver, SW/PW/9-iron. So mostly for the added challenge. Also makes me appreciate watching PGA pros when they have those long par 3s and 4s. Sometimes playing forward tees brings a variety of challenges - ie delicate half wedge shots or other hazards like fairway bunkers- and doesn't necessarily mean an easier round of golf.
yes, i like to also appreciate the PGA by playing some long holes like what they play too. in fact the course i played saturday is 6500 yards from the tips and all of the par 3's are 190yd-220yd. i hit on the green with a 5 iron on one and on the green with a hybrid on one and i was pretty proud of myself. i thought "hey this is like the distance of a PGA par 3 and i just got it on the green i one shot too!"
Lest There Be Any Confusion Regarding The Tee It Forward Program: Your driver distance determines the appropriate course yardage for your game and thus, your appropriate tee box.
I do believe that this is one of the very best developments in recreational golf to come along since the hybrid iron set. The only obsticle to it making golf more fun and take less time is the silly and stubborn testosterone crowd who are too "proud" to tee it forward and would rather hit from the tips; shoot over 100 and slow down play at every hole while groups behind them watch these clowns play military golf-left-right-left all day long...anyway here's the actual guidelines for players to determine their correct tee box...FYI-it is no longer based on age but instead on distance which makes perfect sense. Shout out to Barney Adams of Adams Golf who is credited with first proposing this approach which is now endorsed by Jack Niclaus, Tom Watson etc.
"TEE IT FORWARD," the new national initiative to be conducted at golf facilities nationwide from July 5-17, encourages all golfers to play the course at a length that is aligned with their average driving distance.
With TEE IT FORWARD, golfers can potentially speed up play and have more fun by utilizing tees that provide the greatest playability and enjoyment. That's why The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association are pleased to jointly support TEE IT FORWARD.
The chart below is to be used as a guideline to help golfers potentially align their average driving distance with the length of a course that is best suited to their abilities.
We hope that golfers and golf facilities nationwide embrace TEE IT FORWARD and help maximize the enjoyment of golfers everywhere!
Driver Distance Recommended 18-Hole Yardages
PGA Tour Professional 7,600-7,900
225 5,800 -6,000
sounds like some people need to take back some nasty things they said about me earlier in this thread!
although i must admit i have no idea how to measure average driver distance. during the winter months with hard grounds, i have averaged about 310, including one 365 yard bomb that i had to measure a few times to make sure it was right. during the summer i usually am closer to 265 on average, but there is one flat hole on a course i play that i always can only manage 240 yards which makes no sense to me. i wonder if the distance markers are off. and, all of the ranges i hit at have a net at 250 yards that i can always hit in the air, so it's not like the range offers me a way to measure average driving distance either.
anyway, if i had to guess (because i feel like part of it is a guess), i average 265 yards driving. so, 6500-6800 yd courses seem like a reasonable distance for me, and most of the courses i play on are that distance from the tips. there are only 2-3 courses that are closer to 7,000 that i still like to play from the tips on. maybe those are in reach for me during the winter months because of the roll, but out of range during the summer. i'll keep that in mind next time i play. thanks for posting this!