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Which tee to use, especially seniors?

Poll Results: Age when OK for a man to hit from senior tees?

Poll expired: Jan 20, 2008  
  • 0% (0)
    Age 50
  • 0% (0)
    Age 55
  • 33% (2)
    Age 60
  • 50% (3)
    Age 65
  • 16% (1)
    Age 70
6 Total Votes  
post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Some course have gold or blue (championship) tees, then white (men's) tees and then red (women and senior's) tees.

At what age is it appropriate for a man to use the women/senior tees?

The pros consider themselves seniors at age 50 (like AARP). Some say 55, some say 60, some say 65, and at 70 no one would fault a guy from hitting from the red tees.

What is your belief?

I'm 59 and still hitting from the blue tees, but using a lot of fairway wooods to hit get my GIR.
post #2 of 14

Re: Which tee to use, especially seniors?

Tough to answer and it should depend on the person. I frequently play with a 66 year old ex-collegiate wrestler whom I've seen hit it 275-290 off the tee. Many of the holes at the course we play would give him 50-80 yds advantage from the reds(clearly he doesn't need it).

I suspect most people his age are NOT in the shape he is in, thus, may NEED to hit from the reds.
post #3 of 14

Re: Which tee to use, especially seniors?

I think it's not about age it's about your game. You should play the distance that give your game a challenge not by your age. Many course are starting to call the tee's forward or back tees not women,men or champion.
post #4 of 14

Re: Which tee to use, especially seniors?

Originally Posted by golfchief View Post
I think it's not about age it's about your game. You should play the distance that give your game a challenge not by your age. Many course are starting to call the tee's forward or back tees not women,men or champion.
Exactly my sentiments!
post #5 of 14

Re: Which tee to use, especially seniors?

I agree its not your age but your ability on the golf course.

I think some girls should hit from the men tees and too many males play from the blue tees when they should be on the whites, especially if you see divots around the blue tee boxes.
post #6 of 14

Re: Which tee to use, especially seniors?

It's not age or gender, it's game. If you're long enough to play the men's, or the tips, then go for it. If not, then play where you can handle it.

I play the mid (white) on my home course at 6500 yards, and that is right for me still at 61. I'm long enough to play the blues (6950 yards) there, but I just don't enjoy playing every hole under pressure. When I do that, the only thing I get to use my short irons for is chipping... not recommended for good scoring.
post #7 of 14

Re: Which tee to use, especially seniors?

Originally Posted by ks8829 View Post
I think some girls should hit from the men tees and too many males play from the blue tees when they should be on the whites, especially if you see divots around the blue tee boxes.
I've seen way too many short hitters hit from the blue thinking it's more macho to do so. Idiots.
post #8 of 14

Re: Which tee to use, especially seniors?

While playing in Myrtle Beach for my first time some of the courses had suggestions for which tees to play from based on your average score for nine holes. I thought that was a good way of putting it.
post #9 of 14

Re: Which tee to use, especially seniors?

I'm not going to cast a vote.. I think you should be at least 50-55.. but, it's more about ability I think. No matter what your age, you should play the tees that when you hit a decent tee shot, it leaves you with a fair shot to the green. If you're on a 420 yard par 4 from the back, and the Sr. Tees let you play it at 370.. then it's ok if you're only hitting a 200-220 yard drive, because you're playing the hole as it was intended to be played..
post #10 of 14

Re: Which tee to use, especially seniors?

Originally Posted by golfchief View Post
I think it's not about age it's about your game. You should play the distance that give your game a challenge not by your age. Many course are starting to call the tee's forward or back tees not women,men or champion.
Agreed. If you can't reach the fairway from the tees you're hitting from, odds are you should move up. Conversely if you've reduced it to drive, pitch, putt, then you need to go back a set of tees.

I normally play the white tees (~70 percent of the time) but sometimes I'll go back to the blues. Or I'll hit from the red's if I want to work on my iron game. It's all about personal preference.
post #11 of 14

Re: Which tee to use, especially seniors?

Anything longer than a 5 iron is usually a mis-hit for me. My 5 iron goes 175 yards. This means that my best score on par 4's is bogey.

I am over 55. Should I continue to play from the white tees on the par 4's, or move up to the red tees so that I can reach the green ?
post #12 of 14

Re: Which tee to use, especially seniors?

Originally Posted by SirMilton View Post
Some course have gold or blue (championship) tees, then white (men's) tees and then red (women and senior's) tees.

At what age is it appropriate for a man to use the women/senior tees?

The pros consider themselves seniors at age 50 (like AARP). Some say 55, some say 60, some say 65, and at 70 no one would fault a guy from hitting from the red tees.

What is your belief?

I'm 59 and still hitting from the blue tees, but using a lot of fairway wooods to hit get my GIR.
In your case I might hit the whites. If you're hitting more fairway woods/hybrids into greens than irons, it's time to move up a tee.
post #13 of 14

Re: Which tee to use, especially seniors?

I play often with a member that's 74 years old and really gets it out there on his drives and fairway woods. He has no business playing from the senior tees, and some of his regular "senior" weekly group cry fowl.

He'll shoot his age from the senior tees. From the whites, 80-ish. And he'll play from the back tees, too, if he hooks up with us young whippersnappers.

He just enjoys playing the game.

Whenever I play with a "senior" that bombs a drive and has a great round going, I usually make a complimentary comment such as "you got NO business playing from those tees."

Whatever tees, is good by me's (respect thy elders).
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 

Re: Which tee to use, especially seniors?

At my small town country club there are usually just two tee areas on all holes. The back tee area usually has the blue tees about 5 yards behind the whites, but on about half the holes, the blues and whites are the exact same. The reds always offer about a 10% reduction in yardage on the hole and always reduce the angles of doglegs.

Only two holes have separate blue tee areas (both par 3s) and they are where the blue tee can also have extra elevation, which tends to reduce the yardage difference, but retains the additional accuracy requirement of the longer yardage shot.

My vote is 60 for the reds. Overall fitness, flexibility, vision, coordination, timing and stamina start going downhill fast at about age 50.

Yet, I understand the pros choosing 50 as I know that even the best pro at age 50+ cannot compete with a 30 year old pro. Skill and experience just cannot overcome the benefits of youth.
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