Up until July 17, some Nebraska golf courses are taking part in the Tee It Forward initiative by PGA of America and the United States Golf Association that was designed to encourage golfers to play the course that fits their driving distance. For hackers like myself, this is a great idea.
I’m not an avid golfer, but I love getting out there a handful times each year to enjoy the weather, the exercise and my own competition of trying to break 100. I’m not a big driver off the tee. In fact if I hit the ball over 180 yards, it’s a great drive for me. The one drawback to playing up and teeing off closer is the grief you’re going to get from your playing buddies, but think about it for a minute and how this could help your game.
The average golf course is 6,700 yards. The Tee It Forward program suggest that someone who drives the ball, 200 yards, should play the course at 5,200 yards…meaning that shots into the green would come from a low iron as opposed to a high iron which should help lower your score, not lose as many balls and make golf more enjoyable for those playing.
On a hole that is 450 yards away for me, I know my drive will go 170 yards. I’ll take another swing with my 3-wood and hit it 150 yards and put me a 130 yards away hitting three, meaning I need to hit a perfect shot to one put to save par…it never happens for me. Now, if I could tee off closer, and take out that fairway shot, I give myself a chance at getting on in regulation. Let’s be honest, after the tee shot, chips, pitches and putts is where the strokes add up.
If every golf followed the chart below, you’d also increase the speed of play.
Driver distance, Course length
250 yards: 6,200-6,400
225 yards: 5,800-6,000
200 yards: 5,200-5,400
175 yards: 4,400-4,600
150 yards: 3,500-3,700
125 yards: 2,800-3,000
100 yards: 2,100-2,300