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What Tees for Average Higher HCP Golfer?

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Glad the "USGA/PGA Tee It Forward" program was mentioned. That has been my guide for awhile along with what was posted some time ago on TST. BUT recently started using Golf Pad Tags GPS and What a surprise! Miscalculating my driver distance  by 10-15 yards! I'm an old man but my pride is really hurt. Need to get to work on this. My first stop will be a launch monitor to confirm, as was also mentioned. Best, -Marv

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13 hours ago, Buckeyebowman said:

 He said about 260. When we got to his ball his Garmin watch said he had 180 in! I said if he hit it 260 on a 400 yard hole, he should have 140 in, not 180! He actually tried to claim something was wrong with his GPS!

What do ya know - I have the same GPS watch.....  I typically hit 280 but the GPS watch only reads 220 !!!!!  :whistle:

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2 hours ago, IowaGreg said:

What do ya know - I have the same GPS watch.....  I typically hit 280 but the GPS watch only reads 220 !!!!!  :whistle:

Better get the watch checked.

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My club has 6900, 6500, 6200, 5600 and 5150. 6500 is the regular mens' tees. Being a senior citizen with a 13 course handicap, I have been playing the 6200 yard tees a lot lately. Much more fun. The only problem is that all club competitions are played at 6500 and it is distinctly different, so I don't want to get out of touch with it. I still enjoy competition; it's why I maintain a handicap.

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On 12/6/2019 at 1:14 PM, criley4way said:

There is no right set of tees for people. 

Play the tees that make the game challenging and fun. This is a leisure activity not a profession for most of us.

Shorter tees means more distance down the fairway and shorter clubs into the green. I would expect to play a variety of clubs to the greens. IF you are comfortable and it is fun hitting 3i or hybrid into 5-6 greens a round Great. If you want to be able to hit partial wedges into every green FINE.

I enjoy 6,300 to 6,900, average 255 (per Arccos) off the tee and routinely play 4-Gap into the greens. I can reach a few par 5s in 2. That is a good fit. I don't want to survive 7,200 and pitch and putt 5,200 (at least not often).

 

@criley4way could not have said it any better. Play the tees that are going to make the most fun for you. Even if you are working on certain things and want to move back a tee box or move forward a tee box do it. You will be surprised what kind of different shots pop up when you are all of a sudden playing a different set of tees. Makes your game a lot better.

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On 12/6/2019 at 11:46 AM, luchnia said:

I am sure this topic has been beaten to death, yet I still am curious as to how others handle this. I am an older golfer who is only so-so. Average round at 100 with a best of 87, then 92 and 97, or the not so good 105-110 game. I seem to hover right at 100 more consistently. I am not into cheating my score and do my very best to score my strokes properly. I am a bit anal about it actually 🙂

I have played from various Tees but in my area in Central VA we have some rolling hills on a lot of courses and I seem to feel most comfortable at the white tees which are usually between 5600 to maybe 6000 yds. I did play short Tees once, but wasn't as comfortable for some reason. My driver can vary from around 175 to 225 with a once in a while longer shot. Should I play the short Tees more and see how it works out?

I read all sorts of stuff about what Tees to play and I did the 5 iron math too. Just curious as to what most of you do concerning which Tees to play from and especially on a course you have not played before. I appreciate any insights you have.

Sounds like you and I have very similar games. We’re both about bogey golfers. How far do you hit your driver? That’s what you should look at first. For example, I hit my driver probably 220 in the winter. With the Tee It Forward system, the white tees at my home course align perfectly with my driver distance (par 72, 6063 yards).

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In the golf league I'm in, of older retired guys and gals, if you are over 65 you hit from the gold tees, i.e., play it forward, (women still play forward from the reds). We do this because we don't hit the ball that far anymore, have about 10 foursomes that are teeing off and we all want to get to the 19th hole in a reasonable amount of time. We also play best ball otherwise we would be out there all day. The league is for fun, though we do each kick in $10 that goes towards some minor prize money but most goes to help a homeless shelter and a home for battered women in our area.

When not playing in the league we still play it forward. We understand how frustrating it can be for other golfers following us when we are not playing our best, which is often, (LOL). We always let those behind us, if they are waiting on us, to play through.

Bottomline we check our egos at the door, we're there to have fun.

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At the 2 courses where I play most, the forward tees were placed long after the courses existed and they don't help much. You might save 10 yards on some holes, but on holes where there are hazards to play short of, the tees aren't far enough forward to let you hit over those hazards, so you don't do anything but hit less club off the tee and have the same shot to the green.

On average, I'm the longest hitter in my group, so we've never found any benefit to moving up to forward tees.

When we've traveled somewhere to play a different course, it's another story. My point is, it varies from course to course and is based pretty much on nothing but design.

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