Use the Teeing Area to your Advantage

Use the Teeing Area to your Advantage

In this article, I want to outline how to use the teeing area to your advantage and gain the maximum out of your tee shot in doing so!

The majority of senior golfers and in fact most golfers rarely use the tee on a golf hole to their advantage, they just assume that if the markers are positioned for the day they just hit off on the hole between the markers, you have to use the teeing area to your advantage bearing in mind it is more than likely the most important part of the hole when preparing to make your tee shot.

Use the Teeing Area to your Advantage - Image of tee box

If you think about this your tee shot will either be in a good position on the fairway or in a bad position off of the fairway in the rough or worse in some trees or bushes, so next time you tee off you need to use the teeing area to your advantage so to increase the odds of you hitting a good tee shot.

Firstly, on the tee you will have the markers of the day, these can either be RED for Ladies, BLUE for Juniors, YELLOW for men either members playing casually or visitors and then finally you will have the WHITE tees that are for club competitions of Professional Golfers who are permitted to use the WHITE tees when they are visiting away courses.

Now that we have covered the colour of the TEES and who tees off from where you now have the tee to consider, now the rule is that the golf ball must be teed up between the markers and not forward or in front of the markers, so always check that you are not in front of the markers because this can be deemed as shortening the hole even if it is a fraction the golf ball must be teed up behind the tee markers of the day.

Now, the majority of golfers do not realise that you are in fact allowed to play two clubs lengths further back from the tee markers and you can also stand outside of the tee markers as long as your ball is between the markers, this may mean that you have the tee marker between yourself and the ball but you are in fact allowed to do this.

How many times have you played golf and the tees are sloping or undulating and you feel that either the ball is above or below your feet, this is when you should take advantage of the rule that you are allowed two club lengths in distance behind the tee markers.

This will enable you to find the best, flattest or most level part of the teeing area, thus giving you the optimum chance of producing a good tee shot because you are using the teeing area to your advantage, this can also play a very important role when you are playing short par 3’s and you are pondering between club selections for the tee shot, by going back the full two club lengths ruling you are can then hit a higher numbered club and feel confident about the shot.

Here is another article I wrote about using the tee box to your advantage when playing a draw or a fade for optimum effect – CLICK HERE.

As always if you have any comments or feedback regarding this article Use the Teeing Area to your Advantage do not hesitate to leave a comment below, I will be glad to respond to any responses received.

Happy golfing.
Michael

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