New PGA/USGA Initiative Aims to Make Golf Easier/More Fun
In a recent press release, the two governing bodies are offering their “support” for a “new national intiative” called “TEE IT FORWARD,” from July 5-17 that encourages golfers to play from “a set of tees best suited to their abilities.” Shortening the course will “produce…more enjoyment…and maximize the golf experience.”
Here are the tees that the initiative recommends you play, based on your typical driver distance:
|Driver Distance||Recommended 18-Hole Yardages|
|PGA Tour Player||7,600-7,900|
The press release explains that this will result in more “approach shots with 6 and 7-irons instead of hybrids and long irons…fewer overall shots, shorter distance traveled on each hole, and potentially, fewer lost balls.”
The two organizations have also made the calculation that “the 6,700-yard course that many amateur golfers play today is proportionally equivalent to a PGA Tour player competing on a course measuring 8,100 yards — 700 yards or more longer than a typical PGA Tour layout.”
My friends and I bicker over which tees to play from nearly every round – they often accuse me of being “macho” because I suggest we play from the longer tees.
But all bravado aside, this “TEE IT FORWARD” initiative makes sense: this game is difficult enough as is, and if you can’t enjoy yourself out there, what’s the point? Making golf easier and more fun would lead to fewer thrown clubs and temper tantrums – which are silly coming from an amateur (particularly those who don’t practice five hours-a-day like the pros do and can’t be expected to play similarly).
So kudos to the PGA/USGA for putting in writing that people should lighten up a bit and be a little more realistic about their abilities. The July 5-17 dates are just a guideline: this idea should be considered by all golfers, at all times, going forward.