Last summer the United States Golf Association and the PGA of America teamed up for TEE IT FORWARD, an initiative to encourage golfers to play from the tees best suited to their abilities. The program was such an overwhelming success that the goal is to make it a year-round initiative.
TEE IT FORWARD has gained initial interest and approval from golfers. Player survey results from late 2011 indicate that more than 70 percent of those who “teed it forward” had more fun; more than 90 percent would encourage a friend to TEE IT FORWARD; and 52 percent would play more often knowing that they could TEE IT FORWARD. It is hoped that the reach of the program can be expanded so that “teeing it forward” becomes the norm rather than a novelty among golfers throughout the country.
TEE IT FORWARD was created to help golfers have more fun on the course and enhance their overall experience by playing from a set of tees best suited to their abilities. The program encourages all golfers to play the course at a length that is aligned with their average driving distance. Golfers can speed up play by utilizing tees that provide the greatest playability and enjoyment.
Many amateurs are regularly hitting approach shots on a par-4 hole from 185 to 205 yards. The fact is, most bogey golfers only hit approach shots generally with any accuracy from within 170 yards.