I can never understand why people wouldn’t love golf. I finally invited my friend, Andrew, who has never golfed out to one of my favorite courses last Sunday. The forecast was a little rain, a little sun, and I thought I’d take a little risk by playing from the blue tees. What would it hurt besides my ego if I constantly trailed my husband and keep the guys in back of us waiting a few times. At the tee box, after my husband hit, I walked up and teed up my ball. I glanced at the guys waiting for us to hit and heard them say “Is she going to hit from here? Why doesn’t she hit from the ladies tee box?” My husband replied “I don’t tell her where to start.” I sized up my shot, chose my target and as I addressed my ball, I thought to myself “God, please let this one go straight and long.” Slowly bringing my club back, concentrating on not breaking my wrists, I let the club follow through naturally and smacked the ball 180 yards. The guys’ reaction, “wow”. I looked at them and said…”I think I’ll like that one!” and off I went to my second shot.
At the end of the day, I added 5 strokes to my game. The additional strokes were due to not chipping very well and not the additional yards I had to carry. The longer tees forced me to use clubs I don’t use as often and eliminated others from my game. So, I used my 3 wood a lot and never used my hybrids or long irons.
The blue tees are for 16 and under handicaps, but my handicap is 25. As long as I keep pace of play, I’ll play the longer tees just to challenge myself. So, the next time you play, play from the longer tee box (even if it’s just for a couple of holes) and see the difference it makes in your game and your confidence. And….don’t let the guys playing behind you influence your tee box selection.