Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 716 - June 15, 2022
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"It is not the will to win that matters, everyone has that.
It is the will to prepare to win that matters." - Paul "Bear" Bryant

Tom's Featured Tip: Play The Correct Tees For Maximum Enjoyment

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Play The Correct Tees For Maximum Enjoyment

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

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Play The Correct Tees For Maximum Enjoyment

Before I get started, after reading last week's issue on push carts, one of my readers - Alan L, stated "The other option is a motorized cart such as Bat Caddy which allows you to walk and not have to push or pull. The remote versions of these add further enjoyment."

Thanks Al, that also sounds like a great way to play the game we love!

I find that most golfers (most men anyway) stick to the course yardage that's too long for them for too long of a period of time, and I guarantee that the game will be more fun playing from the correct yardage.

Here's a fact: MOST players don't take enough club with their approach shots.

They remember the day they "use to" hit a club a certain distance but have not come to grips with the fact they no longer can carry their 7 iron 150 yards (or more).

Now, that same 7 iron carries 130-135. But, they keep hitting it from 150 yards and coming up short.

The truth is that most of us are not as flexible or strong as we use to be. We can't generate the swing speed we once could, yet we keep hitting the same club for the distance that it used to fly.

The first thing that needs to be done is to nail down your iron swing distances.

Go to a range or a simulator and nail down the carry distance that your stock swing produces for your PW, 9 iron, 8 iron, 7 iron, 6 iron, and 5 iron.

After you get those numbers, here's how to calculate the correct course yardage (approximate) for you to play from .

Take the carry distance (the distance that it flies in the air) that your stock 5 iron swing produces, and multiply it by 37. That will give you the approximate course yardage that you should play from.

When I was much younger, I used to hit my stock 5 iron 185 yards. Now, at age 75 and a half, I hit my stock 5 iron 170 yards. For what it's worth, I switched my iron shafts from steel to graphite to help me generate more swing speed a few years ago, and this year I switched back to a lightweight steel for better control.

Here are the results for each equation for comparison's sake: younger swing and current swing.

Younger swing: 185 yards X 37 = 6845 yards.

Current swing: 170 X 37 = 6290 yards

The course that I play most frequently is the Batavia Country Club.
Blue tee yardage is 7194
White tee yardage is 6570
Gold tee yardage is 5984
Red tee yardage is 5311

Since my approximate yardage (6290 falls between 6570 (White tees) and 5984 (Gold tees), I have a choice to make on which tees I should play. I can still score well and hit most of the par 4 greens with a middle iron approach shot from 6570 (White tees), so that's what I play there. At another course, I may play the whites or the blues, depending on the yardage and the distances on the par 4's .

If or when the day comes that I have to hit long irons or hybrids into the greens on par 4's, I'll definitely move to the shorter tees. After all is said and done, the game has to be fun, and hitting woods or hybrids into par 4's all day is not my idea of fun.

It's difficult to bury your ego and to move to shorter tees, but I pretty much guarantee that it will bring newfound enjoyment to your game - especially if you have been playing the longer tees for too long.

So the next time that you play a new course, choose where you play from according to your approximate playing yardage, not the color of the tee markers.

Try it, I guarantee that you'll like it.


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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