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Always play the Correct Tee Boxes for Your Game!

Always play the Correct Tee Boxes for Your Game!

Always play the Correct Tee Boxes for Your Game!

Hi, I’m Mel Sole, Director of Instruction at the Mel Sole Golf School, headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.  We conduct 1, 2, and 3-day golf schools, hourly golf lessons, and senior golf schools—any golf instruction program your heart desires. Give us a call at 800-624-4653 or 843-237-4993.  We will be happy to book a commuter school or a package that contains accommodations, golf, and golf school.

This is an ever-present concern for many golfers.

And annoyingly, that’s at least partly because there are no beneficial guidelines telling golfers where they should play from.

Some courses suggest tees based on a player’s handicap, which is pretty much the standard, but it’s still not perfect. No two players are the same, after all. That wily retired golfer at your local club who doesn’t hit the ball very far but whose wicked short game helps keep him at an 8 handicap is going to have a distinct disadvantage against the 8 handicap who hits the ball a mile if they were to play off the same tees. And as for female golfers, the range might be even more tricky to pinpoint with a formula.

But for now, try this chart.

Provided by the good people over at Athletic Motion Golf. Now, like anything, it’s not perfect, especially for beginning golfers, but I found it provides a helpful guidepost. Essentially, you take the distance you hit your 5 iron and multiply it by 36. That number is your ideal.

Here are a few calculations that will save you needing to do the math yourself:

5-iron Distance

Ideal Course Yardage

100

3600

110

3960

120

4320

130

4680

140

5040

150

5400

160

5760

170

6120

180

6480

190

6840

200

7200

Source: Athletic Motion Golf.   Mel Sole Golf School.

Pictures: Getty Images.

Always play the Correct Tee Boxes for Your Game!

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