Originally Posted by Meltdwhiskey
I was actually surprised to get answers implying that the longer tees were easier or more suited to a person's game. Jbro isn't the only one implying this. I think that this is a misconception. Logically speaking, if you can't break 80 and only sometimes break 90 - backing up is not more suited to your game. But we do it anyway. It's a little strange, right?
If we find out that longer tees are actually easier, it totally kills a follow up question I had that I was really interested in asking.
I said I'd hit from the longer tees (the blues, 6,600 yards if I remember correctly). Here are my reasons (they may be flawed, but they're mine):
1. I'm a fairly long hitter. Long enough that I don't need to hit my driver on every hole. In fact, I probably hit driver maybe 3-4 times a round at best. If the hole is less than 380, I don't hit driver. I can tee off with an iron and still be a mid-iron into the green. I don't hit my driver if there is trouble: OB, water, tight fairways; if I feel that a bad tee shot will cost me more than one stroke, I'm not going for it. I also don't hit my driver on long par 5's. If a drive is not going to help me get on in two, I'll tee off an iron. I have no problem laying up to play for par.
2. Because of reason #1, I feel like I would hinder my development by playing shorter tees. I would literally never hit driver, and then how would I learn to hit the darn thing correctly? I'd never build any confidence with that club (or my 3w). If I found myself in a situation where I would need driver, how can I possibly trust it? I feel I would be a better golfer in the long run by playing longer.
3. A large part of my enjoyment of the game is through improvement. Would I be scoring lower by playing shorter tees because I got better, or because it's harder to mishit shorter clubs? I want to hit those longer clubs well, not simply avoid them because I suck at them.